Cancer Support Groups: A Guide for Facilitators by Joan Hermann, American Cancer Society

By Joan Hermann, American Cancer Society

"Cancer help teams: A advisor for Facilitators" offers finished tips and guideline for either execs and laypersons drawn to forming and facilitating help teams for melanoma survivors and their household. "Cancer help teams" explores the price and features of help and self-help teams, describes intimately how one can lead or facilitate profitable conferences, and gives counsel for organizing really good melanoma aid teams, corresponding to these for individuals stricken by particular forms or levels of melanoma, these for individuals of specific ethnic backgrounds, or these for individuals of a definite age. precise sections contain: how one can facilitate cellphone and on-line teams, in addition to directions and tools for comparing those teams; precious assets for facilitators, together with print and digital details and reference fabrics; and get in touch with info for agencies delivering prone and help for melanoma survivors and their caregivers and households. this data is designed to extend the information and effectiveness of melanoma help staff facilitators.

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They may leave the group prematurely or with a sense of failure. Facilitators of groups in which a clique forms may believe they have failed to be effective leaders, which can be demoralizing. When a core group starts to become exclusive, gently yet honestly confront the group about what is happening and help them identify the source of the difficulty. A confrontation of this type is likely to cause doubt and anxiety, but you are responsible to the group as a whole, not just its individual members.

Leaders who mistakenly think their own role is getting people to change may frighten the group members. If a leader pushes for selfdisclosure or tries to interpret an individual’s behavior (as might happen in a therapy group), the member is likely to leave the group. People come to support groups for support, not personality change. After all, people often come to the cancer experience with enough doubts about themselves or their ability to cope. It is important that people feel comfortable participating in a group.

They may wonder about the impact of what they are saying on the person who is withdrawn, or they may misinterpret a member’s silence as being judgmental or critical of what is being discussed in the group. Intervention: Encourage the group to include or engage the withdrawn member. Watch body language carefully to identify an appropriate time at which to invite the member to comment. For example, call on a withdrawn member to verbally contribute if his eyes light up during a certain discussion or if he nods while another person is speaking.

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