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Setting Healthy Boundaries

Adapted from “Setting Healthy Boundaries”, Langley Seniors Centre, 2004     Healthy: helping to maintain or bring about good health; in a prosperous and efficient condition. Boundary: the point at which something ends or beyond which it becomes something else.   Healthy boundaries help make relationships last, especially when you as a volunteer are working with other community members. Clear boundaries can...

Facilitators’ Role

Each group member is the expert of his or her own experience. The main goal of a facilitator is to draw out knowledge and insight from other group members. A facilitator will use different skills, tools, exercises and natural abilities to keep a group discussion moving smoothly. In general, facilitators have three responsibilities: to make sure that everyone has a chance to have their ideas and feelings expressed to keep the...

Characteristics of Peer-Led Groups

People come together to form peer-led groups because they share a common experience or concern. Some focus on education and information, some on a community issue, others on emotional support and sharing. Others offer an opportunity to share experiences, socialize and form friendships. Each group forms and then changes according to the members’ needs. Many peer-led groups have these common characteristics: Sharing...

Learning Styles

Kolb’s Learning Styles Used with permission by Centre for Community Support & Research http://www.selfhelpnetwork.wichita.edu/ Used with permission by Centre for Community Support & Research http://www.selfhelpnetwork.wichita.edu/ Used with permission by Centre for Community Support & Research http://www.selfhelpnetwork.wichita.edu/ KOLB’S LEARNING STYLES This model works on two levels – a four-stage...

Leveling Power Dynamics

Leveling Power Dynamics Part I: Leveling General Power Imbalances Power comes in many forms and powerful groups are effective. In the context of peer-led groups everyone ideally has shared equality and power. Often in groups a power differential arises which creates a less effective group. In this case, we are referring to carrying out one’s own will despite resistance from others. Proactive Measures Include positively...