Guidelines for Support Groups
1. Confidentiality - everything shared in the group is
confidential and is not to leave the room. The group needs to develop this
2. Don't Give Advice - the group is to share feelings and
experiences but it is not an opportunity to share unsolicited advice
except in a problem solving exercise.
3. Responsibility - all members share the responsibility to make
the group work.
4. Acceptance - the group accepts members just as they are, and
avoids making judgments.
5. One Speaker At A Time - groups are most beneficial when all
participants have the opportunity to share and discuss individual issues
or concerns. Members must be mindful of limited time and give each person
enough time to speak without interruptions.
6. Giving Attention - members will give supportive attention to
the person who is speaking and avoid side conversations.
7. Avoid Interruptions - if an interruption is necessary, return the
conversation to the person who was speaking.
8. Sharing - sharing is encouraged, but not required.
9. Questions - group members have the right to ask questions and
the right to refuse to answer.
10. Be In The Present - members try to be aware of their own
feelings and talk about what is present now, rather than what life was
like in the past.
11. Discussion - the group does not discuss group members who
are not present.
12. Begin And End On Time - meeting will begin and end on time
Last Revised: July 12, 2010