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Rockland County DBSA Support Group

Chapter Guidelines

1. This is a safe place. We encourage participation while respecting each other's confidentiality. What is said in this room stays in this room. This must be respected by all.

2. Share the air: Everyone who wishes to share has the opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time. Everyone needs to have the opportunity to share during the meeting.

3. It is OK not to share. People do not have to share if they do not wish to do so.

4. Sharing personal information takes courage. While someone is speaking please refrain from interrupting, or making critical or judgmental comments.

5. One person speaks at a time. Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

6. Use the 'I' language. Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not advise. We do, however, share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health along with our doctor/health care professional's recommendations.

7. We are all equal: accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences, and promote their acceptance.

8. Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to leave.

9. Anyone who is disruptive, or exhibits threatening or violent behavior in any way, will be asked to leave.

10. Although we are willing to discuss the emotional aspects of taking medication for the treatment of our disorder(s) (i.e.: frustration, dealing with side effects, etc.) we do not prescribe or diagnose and prefer attendees bring these issues up with their prescribing physicians.

11. This is NOT a 12-step program and will not be run as such. The 12-step formula, although valuable, is not the basis for DBSA support groups.

12. This group is not treatment or therapy; but it may be therapeutic.

13. This is not a place to diagnose or substitute for professional care. It is expected that all Mood Disorder attendees receive treatment and therapy from appropriate health care professional(s).

14. Facilitators are participants of the groups themselves. All facilitators have personal experience with a mood disorder and/or a family member or friend with a mood disorder.

15. It is 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. Any individual who does not treat others with respect and kindness will be asked to leave.

16. If any individual feels uncomfortable with another person in the group, this must be brought to the facilitator's attention privately.

17. We are responsible for our own experience in the group. How much or how little you participate is your own decision. Any constructive feedback regarding enhancing the group's effectiveness should be brought to the attention of a facilitator or Board member. In this way we can work together to change, fix and improve our group experience.

To learn more about our next meeting, or to RSVP, please visit our group on Meetup.com.

There is no fee for attending the support group.