Choosing a Support Group
Choosing a support group that is right for you is an important decision. It can be difficult if you are not used to joining groups. At the Simms/Mann Center, our clinical staff will help you identify what groups make sense for your situation and which ones might not. However, when researching a support group, here are a few tips on things to look for or ask about. First, you should inquire about the eligibility criteria for joining the group. Try to determine if the group is likely to attract people who have a similar diagnosis and stage of cancer. You might ask whether the group is limited to people who are currently off-treatment and disease-free or whether it is for patients who are being treated for cancer. Practical questions are also important including how often the group meets, when it meets and where it meets. These can be important considerations so it doesn’t disrupt the return to work or normal life activities. Also look at the credentials of the person who is running the group. Are they licensed clinicians in the field in which they are practicing? Are they professionals with experience in the area of cancer? There are many different kinds of group experiences. More information about being in a group can be found by clicking here.