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Support Groups 101

How Does A Support Group Work?

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While all support groups are different, most are led by a moderator.

Each group determines its own programs and meeting schedules.

Members come together at a prearranged time, usually at least once a week during the term of the group. The exception is the type of online groups that meet via a bulletin board.

Topics and issues to be discussed are usually indicated by the moderator with input from the group members.

All group members are usually encouraged, or at least invited, to join in on discussions. If you prefer, most groups allow you to just sit and listen.

Groups generally require members to agree that anything said in a group meeting must remain confidential. The identity of group members is also kept confidential.

Participation is usually free. Some groups charge a fee.

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