The Unexpected Caregiver® Support Group Program
The Basic Packet of support group materials is available for $29.95. It includes:
- Tip sheet for moderating a successful support group
- Group script to guide each meeting
- 12 Discussion topics with suggested questions
Please check back for updates and additional discussion topics, which will be added from time to time.
Peer-to-Peer Family Support Groups
The Unexpected Caregiver Support Groups are designed to help meet the need of family caregivers seeking regular support on their caregiving journey.
Besides support from Kari, groups receive a facilitator’s guide, discussion topics, and tips. The intent is for groups to meet weekly, for 45 min-1 hour, providing a safe place for family caregivers to vent, ask questions, and seek support from people in similar situations. These groups provide tools and discussion topics to help family caregivers become smarter caregivers, but the primary goal is that of emotional support. Much like the model of Alanon, these groups are a peer-to-peer interaction.
These are safe spaces. Whatever is shared in the group, remains with the group. Each meeting begins with an individual check in, allowing participants to share where they are, without receiving comments, suggestions, or feedback. Following check in there is a discussion topic led by the facilitator with participation encouraged.
For more information on how one group developed and grew, read an article written by a journalist student at St. Olaf College.
For a history on the previous grant that led to the development of the support groups and to learn about the evaluation process used (Q Methodology), The Family Journal published our findings: “Determining the Various Perspectives of Caregivers of Aging Adults With Q Methodology”
Contact Kari Berit if you would like a presentation on the topic or further information.