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Title:
The support group sourcebook : what they are, how you can find one, and how they can help you
Author:
Klein, Linda, 1947-
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xiii, 226 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780471347897
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Support groups are communities made up of kindred souls-people who share a common, defining life experience. Whether that experience is cancer, the death of a loved one, chemical abuse, or domestic violence, support groups can provide the meaningful connection we can't find anywhere else.

There are thousands of groups to join for support. But how do we choose the right one? What makes one group fail and another succeed? And if we want to start our own group, where do we begin and how do we keep it going?

Cancer group facilitator Linda Klein has provided a one-stop resource for all your questions about support groups. You'll find invaluable tips on how to: Choose a group and participate effectively Start your own group and develop its potential Take part in online support groups-safely

In this book, you'll read participants' personal accounts of their group experiences. Potential group members will find tips on how to benefit fully from a support group, including what to expect-and not expect-from a group situation. Group leaders will find handy discussion guides as well as sample press releases and public service announcements for reaching prospective members.

For those who want to join a group but don't know where to begin, and for those who want to form a group but don't know how, The Support Group Sourcebook will provide you with that vital first step toward helping yourself-and others.


Author Notes

Linda L. Klein is President of Klein Communications, Inc. She works with national health associations to develop their patient programs. A writer and a communications expert, she is also a facilitator for two cancer support groups


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Preface: Why This Book? A Personal Glimpsep. ix
About the Bookp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1 What Are Mutual-Help Groups--And What Can I Expect to Gain?p. 9
2 We Are Not Alonep. 28
3 People Needing Peoplep. 68
4 Finding Your Spiritual Corep. 101
5 Moving Forward--Giving Backp. 136
6 Surfing the Net for Support: The Pros and Consp. 170
7 P.S. So You Want to Be a Group Leaderp. 175
Suggested Readingp. 200
Additional Resources for Finding Support Nationwidep. 204
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 221