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After a brief welcome, a discussion of ground rules - including confidentiality - and an overview of the purpose of the meeting,
the group members can introduce themselves briefly, and answer such questions as, "What is one thing you'd like to see come out
of this group?" and "What is something positive you did this week?"
Next, the facilitator may ask if anyone has any pressing concerns that they would like to discuss. A meeting may consist of people sharing concerns and support, or it may be organized around a speaker or a specific topic.
Agenda: Below is a possible agenda for a two-hour peer support meeting:
Active Listening: Even with a well-planned agenda, things can go awry if members are not respectful of, and attentive to, one another.
Here are some tools for active listening from the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse Tools for Developing a Self-Help Group:
Resolving Conflicts: In any group, conflicts are bound to arise. Here are some tips, also from Tools for Developing a Self-Help Group, on how to resolve conflicts courteously.
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