NAMI Family Support Group. Facilitator Training Introduction to the Model. Why Do We Need A Model?. to help navigate around the predictable negative group dynamics which can torpedo a successful group process
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Facilitator TrainingIntroduction to the Model
NAMI Family Support GroupsHave trained Facilitators who learn and use: Strategies, Structures, and Processes. They are Capable Facilitators, not therapists!
The model that assures
support group meeting
Always start and stop on time
Always start Opening Stories
with the Facilitators
to model the 1-2 minute time limit.
Don’t scold: be directive
Always model respect for the member being disrespectful.
Remember, it’s normal for people to forget guidelines in support groups.
Never lecture or instruct the group
Get the group talking about these universals
NEVER tell people where they are
Always ASK them what stage they think they are in
Direct the group’s attention
to what a person needs in that stage and
discuss how those needs can be met.
Never avoid a “Hot Topic”
when it comes up in a support group
“Own” a Hot Potato when it comes up
in a support group.
Traumatic events need to be detoxified.
Always ask members what they know that is
CONSTRUCTIVE, PRACTICAL and HELPFUL
Group members assist each other
through their lived experience
When doing problem solving, you must shift to a directive, leadership style
Do not use it for adherence, insight or symptom-related problems.
You are present
to help the group meet its needs,
not to have the group
help you meet yours.
To learn by doing
To make mistakes in the beginning; it’s part of the learning process
To put into practice in a very practical way the strategies, structures, and group processes outlined for you in this presentation.
To have fun!