Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability among African Americans

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other members of their disability group and how these values impact their attitudes and behaviors.


Session Seven: Final Session (What Have I Gained from This Program?)

The final session is a review session. In this session members can reflect upon what the program has meant to them. Generally, by the seventh session, the group has become a supportive resource for group members, and the group is functioning as a cohesive unit. Members will typically show concern and positive regard for members individually and collectively. If evaluation data are collected, it should be at the end of this session.


SUMMMY

This chapter provided general guidelines for running a social support group. Group objectives must be well defined and clear. Recruitment and retention efforts must be attended to. The structure of the sessions must be developed so as to facilitate the group's meeting its goal. The program content must be relevant and of value to participants. Crifical to the success of the intervention is that consumers with disabilities be involved in substantial ways. The social support groups this author has run have been enjoyable and beneficial to consumers and staff alike. Group members met their objective of learning how to access and use social support. In doing so, improvements in mental health and vocational outcomes were realized.

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