Participating in the role of Group Leader is an opportunity to serve the women in the survivor community. It also provides a way to quickly get invested in the community. You can find training videos here.
- Shares an online meeting link with the group in advance of your scheduled meeting.
- Is familiar with guidelines for running an online meeting.
- Sets the tone for the group.
- Follows the script to ensure safety.
- Upholds and maintains guidelines for the group.
- Sets best example for check-in and sharing.
- Manages time to ensure everyone gets a change to share and meeting stays on track.
- Ensures group safety.
- Provides support for Group Leader 1 and group members.
- Moderates the chat and pauses the meeting for comments
- Pauses the meeting if grounding is necessary.
- Upholds and maintains guidelines for the group and follows the script.
Importance of Rotation
Rotating group leaders is important. It provides an opportunity for deeper learning and services for those who are group leaders. Each group can decide how often the group leader roles should rotate (i.e., weekly, monthly, quarterly).
Online Meeting Technology
Find an online meeting platform that you are comfortable with. Some options include but are not limited to Zoom and Google Hangouts. Choose a platform that allows for screen sharing and chat functionality. Hold a practice meeting with a friend so that you become familiar with how to manage an online meeting. Create the meeting link and privately share it in advance of your scheduled meeting in an email or a chat. We recommend that you do not share the link in a public space.
These support groups are designed for three to twelve people. If you are regularly getting more than twelve, it may be time to consider splitting into two groups. A group should NOT be held with less than three people total.
Creating Your Own Group Culture
Each group will adjust and change to best meet the needs of the group members. We encourage this, with a few requests. Do not deviate from the script. There may be times where it seems monotonous or you feel like you know it, but the script is written specifically to be predictable and create a feeling of safety. Ways that you might create your own group culture can include your choice of location, the activities that you engage in after the meeting, whether you use a timer during check-in and sharing, or whether you bring snacks to the meetings. If you have questions or concerns, please email us.