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Joining A Support Group

rp_300px-Grouptherapy.jpgThings to consider when joining a support group:

  1.  Avoid making negative comments, passing judgments on others’ comments.
  2. Realize that privacy is important.  Just because something is shared in group doesn’t mean it should be shared elsewhere.
  3. Remember everybody is entitled to their own opinion but they shouldn’t impose it or try to force it on someone else.
  4. Try to be understanding and to take another person’s point of view if you can.
  5. A person’s locus of control is within him or herself and the only behavior a person can rightfully change is their own.
  6. If a person is ready to change, they will change.  If not, it may not happen now or ever.
  7. Remember the Golden Rule.  Do unto others as you would want them to do to you.
  8. Think about the Bible verse, “The meek shall inherit the earth.”
  9. Why do bad things happen to good people is a good thing to think about.
  10. If you can’t say something good then don’t say it at all is something to consider before saying something critical.
  11. Being humble and open-minded might make others more receptive to your contributions.
  12. You do not have to make a contribution to the group discussion if you don’t want to; but do give your full attention to other peoples’ contributions.
  13. Gentle reminders of appropriate group behavior are acceptable especially if the group discussion is getting off course.
  14. Everyone needs some help sometime including a group leader.

    Part of the Lady Bug series

    Part of the Lady Bug series

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