Men’s and Women’s Support Groups
The individual Men’s and Women’s Support Groups present a great opportunity for men and women experiencing a family transition to share their experiences and receive support from one another through mutual understanding and with the guidance of professional therapists.
Each group includes eight to ten weekly sessions for men and eight to ten weekly sessions for women. Each session lasts 1 1/2 hours, and includes six to eight participants per group, as well as a peer counselor and one therapist.
Prior to joining a support group, each man or woman has one individual session with a therapist or peer counselor at NFRC in order to:
- Identify specific concerns related to the dissolution of their marriage, their decision to remarry, or other personal changes
- Get acquainted with the therapists and
- Make a commitment to the group.
Goals of both the Men’s and Women’s Support Group are to:
- Enhance self-worth and help each person to function in healthy ways
- Reduce isolation
- Obtain support from others in similar situations
- Provide a safe, confidential arena to express feelings and cope with loss
- Understand what changes/problems occurred in the marriage in order to identify growth opportunities, areas that need work, and what is healthy and important in order to pursue further relationships
- Understand how their own childhood experiences and past relationships have influenced their current relationships, needs and communication patterns—as a first step toward an opportunity to change and improve.
- Make constructive changes that help individuals to function positively in family, at work or school, and with friends to explore additional resources in the community