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Dynamic Group Retention: How to keep Psychoeducational Support Group Members Coming Back

This webinar will be focused on techniques and suggestions for building in community and participant retention. Psycho-educational support groups create a community in which members offer and receive support, validation, connection, healing and hope. Community requires commitment and connection, but maintaining group attendance after the first couple of weeks can be a challenge. How frustrating is it to start out with a group of 10 committed group members and watch the number dwindle weekly with no explanation? It is a great follow up to the Circle of Hope,for those who have attended that training, but will be useful to anyone interested in support group facilitation. Workshop participants will take away fun, inventive samples to be utilized in group and gain tools for creating solid, well-attended support groups.

Presented by Kai Hill and Laurie Schact

Kai Hill has worked with the YWCA Clark County Sexual Assault Program for the past seven years. As Program Coordinator she has developed and presented trainings on many aspects of sexual assault and advocating for victim/survivors. In 2009, she was a contributor to From Hurt to Hope; A Sexual Abuse/Assault Advocacy Guide. Hill helped secure and develop the medical advocacy piece for the Child Abuse Assessment Team created at Legacy Hospital in 2008. She is continually amazed at the power advocacy has to enrich the lives of those who receive it as well as those who provide it.

Laurie Schacht has been working as a victim's advocate in the sexual assault field for over 10 years, most recently as the Interim Director of the YWCA Clark County Sexual Assault Program. Through medical and legal advocacy, support group facilitation, and even outreach and prevention work she has learned the power of an individual's story and the value of a community that works together to support victim/survivors in their healing journey.

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Reviewed: April 12th, 2016