Facilitating Family Peer Support Groups: What You Need to Know
When: Thursday, December 7 - 1:00 PM
Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes
Knowing how to facilitate family peer support groups is an essential skill for Family Peer Advocates. Support groups are a great way for caregivers to receive a variety of help, information, and education. They are often a space where caregivers have opportunities to share their experiences in a safe setting, develop supportive relationships, and gain hope.
This presentation will go over these benefits and more of leading peer support groups. It will also cover the skills needed to facilitate a group, tips and tools for starting and running a support group; all of which often encourages a sense of community, empathy, and helpful discussions.
About the Presenter
Karen Fuller FPA-C, began working with The Q Center at ACR Health as a volunteer in 2008 and became an official staff member in September 2015 working with parents and caregivers of LGBTQ youth, with a specific focus on parents of trans and gender expansive youth. In her role as a Family Peer Advocate, she facilitates support groups for parents and families in all regions. She also works with families one-on-one and helps answer questions or address concerns they may have when their children first come out. She helps link families to appropriate medical and mental health providers, legal support for name and document changes, provides education and resources, and advocates for support in schools. As a parent of a trans youth herself, she can relate to what parents/caregivers may experience and is devoted to assisting them on their journey, so they can be their child's best advocate