We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.
Share the air time
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize the group time.
One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruptions and side conversations.
What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality and MUST be respected by all participants.
Differences of opinion are OK
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.
We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.
Use "I" language
It’s important to use “I” language because you are talking about yourself and not a vague person or group of people. The use of “I” helps avoid someone feeling like they are being attacked.
“I feel like you handled that difficult situation the best that you could have”
“I had good experiences with antidepressant meds in my family”
Its OK not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.
Its everyone's responsibility to make the group a safe place to share
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.