Parent Online Support Group

Ascent Family Therapy, Inc. is currently offering a weekly Parent Online Support Group.

Learn about mindfulness, coping skills, and seek support from other parents struggling with anxiety and other difficult issues around parenting.

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Availability:

Join us weekly for an online parent support group. It’s a space to share your anxieties and the hard things you are dealing with and to learn some effective coping skills. This group is open to all parents single, married or divorced.

Meets each Wednesday evening 6 – 7:30 pm MDT

Session/Fee:

FREE – $30

During this difficult and uncertain time, we would like to make this group available to every parent who needs support without adding additional anxiety around finances. Therefore we are currently allowing all to register and join without cost. However, we are asking if you are able to help support the group and those leading the group, a contribution of $5-30 per meeting would be greatly appreciated.

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CONSENT TO JOIN/PARTICIPATE IN THE PARENT ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP

ONLINE GROUP SUPPORT CONSENT, POLICIES AND AGREEMENT
All persons participating in group counseling must read and sign this agreement. If you do not understand any part of this agreement, please ask any questions prior to signing the agreement.

ONLINE GROUP SUPPORT PROCESS:
Participating in group counseling can result in numerous benefits, including improving interpersonal relationships and resolving the concerns that led you to seek group counseling. Working toward these benefits, however, requires active involvement, honesty, and openness on your part.

Moreover, while support groups are effective for many people and often lead to significant and lasting changes, there are some risks involved. Many people report discomfort during group counseling as they begin to look at areas in their life that aren’t working or not working as well as they would like them to. Sometimes undesirable feelings can emerge as one considers unpleasant, difficult or embarrassing subjects. The facilitator or group may suggest new and different ways of handling situations that may trigger upsets for you. Attempting to resolves tensions between yourself and others may lead to changes that were not originally intended. Moreover, a decision that is positive for one person can be viewed quite negatively by another. Change can happen quickly, but more often it can be slow, and even frustrating. For some people, problems may get worse before they get better. It is also possible that group counseling may not work for you. Even so, many people find that group counseling is worth the difficulty it may entail leading them to the intended results they are seeking.

LIMITS TO CONFIDENTIALITY:
● I agree to take every reasonable effort to maintain the safety and confidentiality of other group members;
Will not record any portion of the online support group.
Attend the online support group in a private area where others not registered may view/hear the discussions of the group.
Take any other reasonable effort to protect the confidentiality of the other group members while attending the meeting.
● Anything said between any two or more group members at any time is part of the group and is confidential. I understand that everything said in this group is confidential and not to be shared with anyone outside of the group, except as may be otherwise required by law.
● I agree to keep confidential the names of other members of the group and what is said in the group. As a member of this group, I agree to not disclose to anyone outside the group any information that may identify another group member. This includes, but is not limited to, names, physical descriptions, biological information, and specifics to the content of interactions with other group members.
● I agree to indemnify and hold Ascent Family Therapy harmless for any loss or damages, including costs and attorney’s fees, incurred by Ascent Family Therapy as a result of my breach of another’s confidentiality.
● Further information regarding these situations and my privacy rights has been provided in the Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information I also understand that anything said in therapy is confidential, except for the following
limitations:
–Child abuse and/or neglect (which include but are not limited to domestic violence in the presence of a child, child on child sexual acting out, physical abuse, etc)
–Vulnerable adult abuse or neglect
–Threats to harm oneself
–Threats regarding harm to another person

Limits to Online Support Group Confidentiality:

1. Confidentiality
Anything said between any two or more group members at any time is part of the group and is confidential. I understand that everything said in the group is confidential. I agree to keep secret the names of other members of the group and what is said in the group. I agree to keep secret anything that occurs between or among group members. I understand that there is an exception to this confidentiality which applies to the group leader. If the group leader believes that someone is in danger, the leader has a professional obligation to take direct action in order to keep everyone safe.

I agree not to keep secret from the group anything that occurs within the group. Anything which occurs between or among any members is part of the group is kept secret from anyone outside of the group but is not kept secret from the group. This also applies to any individual meetings you may have with a group leader. I understand that if I violate this confidentiality I could be removed from the group.

2. Privacy (The Stop Rule)
No group member is ever required to answer any question, to participate in any activity, or to tell anything. If I am asked questions or asked to participate in an activity that makes me feel uncomfortable, I understand that I have the right to pass, that is, the right to refuse. I agree that will never pressure other group members to participate in any discussion or activity after the member has passed or refused. I understand that the group leader is obliged to protect this right. I also understand that I will benefit more from group the more I am able to take risks in sharing and participating.

3. Dignity
No group member is ever humiliated, hazed, or abused in any way. I agree to avoid this destructive behavior.

4. Violence or intimidation
Violence or intimidation toward other group members is never tolerated. I understand that I must never be violent or intimidating toward other group members and that if I threaten to harm persons or property I will be asked to leave the group.

5. Alcohol and Other Drugs
Group members cannot participate in the group under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering drugs. When under the influence of chemicals, persons do not have access to their emotions and have less control over their behavior. I understand that if the leader believes that I am under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, I will be asked to leave the group.

6. Gossip
Gossip and secret grudges can be very destructive in a group. I agree that if I have something to say to another group member, I will try to say it to the member directly rather than talk about him/ her behind his/her back.

7. Attendance
I agree that I will attend every meeting unless an emergency arises. If an emergency should arise I will notify the group leader prior to the meeting to tell him or her that I will be unable to attend. I understand that the group leader will tell the group what has happened. I understand that if I have three unexcused absences, my continued group membership will be discussed.

8. Internet Connectivity
I feel very strongly that the members of the group should form and participate in an online group limited to the group members. Of course, the same cautionary notes apply to internet communications in terms of both confidentiality and inter-group sharing. (I have used this model very successfully, and it significantly enhances a healthy form of interconnection.)

9. Responsibilities
I understand that it is the group leader’s responsibility to enforce these procedures and guidelines. The group may, when it wishes, propose other procedures and guidelines which will be up to the group to monitor.

10. Termination
Although benefits from group attendance are maximized through consistent attendance, there are no requirements for group members to attend. Group members are welcome to attend or not attend any group meetings as desired.

GROUP NORMS/CULTURE:
1. Respect everyone in the group and take responsibility for yourself
2. Maintain confidentiality
3. Listen and hold space with compassion, unconditional positive regard, and no judgment
4. No gossip
5. No cross-talk
6. No asking intrusive questions; must obtain permission before asking questions of other group members – “May I ask you a clarifying question about what you shared?”
7. You have a right to not share/say no to questions
8. No giving advice unless asked
9. No fixing the problem or offering solutions unless asked
10. Self-disclosure is expected but at your own pace and honoring your level of comfort
11. Share about yourself and your own experience – “When you shared… it made me feel like someone understands me and my experience”
12. Zoom Specific:
-Video remains on
-Remain muted except when talking
-No private messaging
-No recording



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