Manuals and Workbooks for Starting and Running Support Groups
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Leadership Workbook PDF
This workbook is a planning tool to help you decide, clarify
and/or redefine your group’s shared leadership structures.
101 Workshop: Understanding Self-help and Starting a Peer
Support Group PDF
This workshop covers:
What is a self-help support group?
How self-help approaches complement other forms of support.
Why people come to groups and how to motivate them to come
to the group.
Steps for starting a group, including planning stages and
holding your first meeting.
Stages of group development and why they are important.
Ideas for evaluation and maintaining momentum.
Peer Support Guide For Parents of Children or Youth with Mental Health Problems PDF
by the Canadian Mental Health Association. In addition to regular overview how to guide, also has many sample handouts:
First Meeting Agenda
How to Be a Good Group Member
Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet
Library Inventory Sheet
Library Sign-Out Sheet
Sample Evaluation Questions
Online Support Group Leader Manual and Resource Guide PDF
From the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders. Very comprehensive guide.
A Guide For Starting And Managing A Self-Help Support Group PDF
By the British Stammering Association. Covers these topics:
Achieving, Behaviour, Conflict, Ending a group, Establishing the group Leadership, First steps, Communication, Meeting Rooms, Finance, Membership, Publicity, Relationships, Things to discuss as a group, What is a self-help group?, What sort of group do you want yours to be?