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VA: Lessons Learned from Two Peer-Led Mutual Support Groups

Lessons Learned from Two Peer-Led Mutual Support Groups

Viverito KM, Cardin SA, Johnson LA, Owen RR

This case report and analysis describe the formation of two peer-led mutual support groups conducted within the context of a Veterans Administration Medical Center. Based on our assessment of the success of one of these groups and the failure of the other, we offer several recommendations and suggestions to help promote this modality. More specifically, we hypothesize that such groups are more likely to be successful (1) if participants are transferred en masse from another group, (2) that, at least initially, housing the group in the same context as formal clinician-led groups or overlapping clinician-led and peer-led groups may help smooth the transition from authority-led treatment to a mutual peer support format, and finally, (3) that prior experiences in interpersonal process groups may promote the skills and cohesion to promote successful transition to mutual support.

Int J Group Psychother; Oct 2013 [Full Abstract]

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