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Facili-nightmares!

Facili-nightmares keep you awake? You are ready to facilitate, you’ve created a great agenda and prepped your materials. Then you stop and wonder, “What if no one participates?, What if someone creates an unsafe space or says something inappropriate? What if participants starts arguing with each other? What if they ask you something that you don’t have an answer to? Challenging certain group behaviours can...

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The Ally Checklist

Being an ally is a unique role with challenging and sometimes painful encounters. The process of becoming and being an ally is no easy task. It takes: a lot of discussion, challenges, support and tears deep personal examinations into our own privilege(s) development, maintenance, and practice understanding how we benefit everyday from our privileges whether we want to or not rising above guilt Supporting someone to be an...

Benefits of Involving Youth in Decision-Making

Recognizing and involving youth in a community’s decision-making processes is about more than engaging young people for the sake of inclusivity. It’s about recognizing the measurable benefits youth offer to organizations and whole communities. Youth need meaning, control and connectedness to thrive in an adult-youth partnership. Youth must feel like they are involved in something important, have a valued say in what happens...

Tips for Starting Rural Peer Support Groups

Rural communities are unique, and therefore have unique needs when it comes to support group development. The following are a few insights into rural communities and suggestions that could be helpful in developing self-help groups. Tip 1: Stress Confidentiality Among Group Members Confidentiality is a very important issue in support group development and can be more of a challenge to maintain in rural communities. People in...

Peer and Professional Roles in Peer Support

A committed peer support group member has a responsibility to the group and to the peer support movement to promote the development of effective groups and effective relationships with professionals. In relationships with professionals, peers work to: Understand and explain the benefits and limitations of peer support groups. Promote the value of peer support group participation using specific examples. Describe the benefit...

Six Steps to Starting Peer Support Groups

STEP 1: Do Your Homework Search through your local paper, library and community organizations to see if other groups already exist. Call up several existing groups to find out what is working and not working. Talk to people with resources, such as professionals in the community. These people may have come across others who share a similar challenge or experience and want to participate in your group. You may want to talk to...

Principles of Peer Support

People come together to form peer support groups because they share a common experience or concern. Some groups focus on education and information while others centre on emotional support and sharing. Others offer an opportunity to socialize and form friendships. Each group forms and then changes according to the members’ needs. Many peer-led groups and organizations, whether they focus on community issues or provide...

Conflict Strategies: What Are You Like?

Different people use different strategies for managing conflicts. These strategies are learned, usually in childhood, and they seem to function automatically. Usually we are not aware of how we act in conflict situations. We just do whatever seems to come naturally. But we do have a personal strategy, and because it was learned, we can always change it by learning new and more effective ways of managing conflict. When you...

Group Problem Solving

Being able to come to an equitable decision as efficiently as possible is important for the functioning of any group. Therefore, it is important to take into account the needs and opinions of every group member when solving problems and addressing issues. Following is one basic problem solving model among hundreds. Identify issue, problem, goal, or decision to be made. Analysis Examine the data and resources that you have...