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OCD Action - Support Groups – Satwant Singh


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OCD Action - Support Groups – Satwant Singh

  1. 1. Support Groups Satwant Singh Nurse Consultant in CBT & MH
  2. 2. Aims  Understand the principles of support groups  Role of ground rules and setting appropriate rules  Practice of running groups and setting good practice  Maintaining of safety of groups  Dealing with difficulties that may arise  Containing the group  Support for the facilitator
  3. 3. Group work What are groups and what is the function of the groups?
  4. 4. Groups Types  Treatment groups  Support groups  Open  Close
  5. 5. Treatment groups  Formal  Structured  Specific treatment outcomes  Facilitated by a therapist  Has a start and end date  Evaluated- outcomes  Limited number of people attending
  6. 6. Support groups  Formal  Informal  Less structured  Different aims and objectives- more of a supportive role  Not leaning towards treatment  Facilitated by group member/sufferer/volunteer  On going no time limit  No limit to numbers
  7. 7. What are the key ingredients in setting up a group? List the key ingredients in setting up a group?
  8. 8. What are ground rules and how do you develop them? Brain storming exercise
  9. 9. Ground rules  Crucial  They help set the scene e.g. starting and ending time  Provides structure of the group  Provides a context to the group e.g. sufferers only  Provide rules to govern the group e.g. disruptive behaviour, alcohol, drug taking the group  Provides a framework for all members of the group to work in  Maintains safety of the group
  10. 10. Ground rules continued  Confidentiality  Respecting others, value their views and what they have  Mutual trust  Starting and ending time  Membership  Responsibilities and roles  Issues relating to child protection, abuse etc
  11. 11. Setting good practice  Aims and objectives of group- what, why and what is it to achieve  Ground rules- provides a structure to work within and need to be developed with the group  Appropriate environment, time and safe  Access  Frequency
  12. 12. Setting up good practice  Sit in other groups  To observe and learn  Support and developing support network  Networking  Have a co facilitator  Provides support  Cover  And help to deal with difficult situations  Have a good knowledge of the subject area
  13. 13. What difficulties may arise In small groups discuss what difficulties that may arise and how will you deal with them?
  14. 14. Difficulties that may arise  Breach of confidentiality  Abusive behaviour  Disrespect to members of the group  Alcohol and drug related  Not adhering to boundaries  Criminal activities and damage e.g. theft, damage to property  Feeling stuck not knowing how to respond etc
  15. 15. Containing the group  Need to have the skills in containing the group  Involves working to the aims and objectives  Keeping in on track and not deviating  Ensuring that the group is not about reassurance but normalisation  Recognising patterns that are emerging  Negotiating difficulties that arise  Inappropriate behaviour  Inappropriate material for the group
  16. 16. How do you develop the skills to contain the group? Consider how would you develop these skills?
  17. 17. Support for the facilitator  Do go and sit in and observe other groups  Ensure that there is a co-facilitator  Develop a network with other group facilitators e.g. OCD groups  Have regular peer supervision sessions  Have regular contact with OCD action to be aware of any updates etc  List of local services, other groups, treatment centres  Resources e.g. reading materials etc
  18. 18. Take away Reflecting on this session- I would like you to spend a few minutes and feedback what would you take away from this group?