Support Groups

Support Groups

SUPPORT GROUPS are a priority for the AQDC and are part of the framework of continued support given to people living with chronic pain and their loved ones. Support groups are the responsibility of the Member Services Committee and are overseen by the Board of Directors.

OBJECTIVES

  • To provide a safe haven where people can share their feelings and concerns openly and in complete confidentiality.
  • To promote mutual support and constructive ideas.
  • To learn from one another.
    • through targeted conferences
    • through material proposed by various members of the group
  • To help people reach their goals.

 

APPROACH

  • Openness (define the meeting, confidentiality, etc.)
  • Share personal success stories based on the group’s openness.
  • Group discussion guided by a facilitator.
  • End of group session.

 

FORMAT AND SETUP OF MEETINGS

  • Plans d’action individuels (encouragés, mais libre à chacun);
  • Stratégies verbales pour modifier approches mentales, c.-à-d. : prendre d’autres chemins pour résoudre un problème tels que:
    • Individual plans of action (encouraged but not mandatory).
    • Verbal strategies to modify cognitive approaches and take different avenues to solve problems:
      • Brainstorming.
      • Identifying issues.
      • Finding a solution to solve the problem.
      • Implementing solutions for those who wish to use them.
    • Using an informational DVD or a clip/conference from the AQDC website to elicit discussion.
    • Pick a random question or theme from a hat.
    • Speaker (various relevant topics)

     

    STRUCTURE

    • Meetings are held once a month.
    • Meetings last anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours.
    • There are two group facilitators or one group leader and one facilitator per meeting.
    • There are usually 15 to 20 people at the most per group.
    • In the days following the meeting, either the facilitator or the group leader sends a short summary of the meeting to AQDC.
    • Round table or panel discussion.

     

    FACILITATOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES

    • The facilitator OR the group leader OR both are responsible for leading the meeting.
    • The leader/facilitator acts as a catalyst.
    • The leader/facilitator supports and stimulates the group and ensures its continuity.
    • The leader/facilitator listens actively and makes sure relevant information is recorded.
    • The leader/facilitator welcomes suggestions.
    • The leader/facilitator reformulates the ideas put forward to clarify what has been said.
    • The leader/facilitator synthesizes long interventions.
    • The leader/facilitator remains aware of reactions.
    • The leader/facilitator avoids any kind of judgement.
    • The leader/facilitator concludes the meeting.

    MEETING PLACE

    • The premises to be used as a meeting place for the SUPPORT GROUPS may be in a community centre, a rehab centre belonging to the MSSS, a hospital, a restaurant or any other type of institution based on the availability of each sector. However, the meeting place must be handicap accessible.
    • Ideally, all efforts must be made to ensure the meeting place is provided free of charge to the AQDC.

    To find out about future meetings, please consult our news feed.

    There are no AQDC support groups offered in your area? Contact us and we will add you name to our waiting list. As soon as there is enough demand, the Board of Directors will evaluate the demand to implement a support group in your area.