Small Groups at Christian Survivors Forums
The small groups are not issue driven, as our private forums are - Instead of dealing with specific survivor / recovery topics, the goal is to develop close, strong friendships among our members. Each group's members will commit themselves to caring for every member of the group, (including it's moderators) through consistent posting.
Small group members should feel free to post about what is going on in their lives, both positive and negative. It is also expected that small group members should respond to the threads of others in their group with love and acceptance, and support as needed - both in the group forum, and on the main boards at CSF.
Although the main purpose of our small groups is to form close friendships, they are not intended to take the place of the regular forum. When dealing with specific issues, members are encouraged to continue posting in other appropriate forums, & not just within their group.
Small group members should keep an eye open on the main board for threads by the other members of their group, and offer additional support in those threads. However, group members should be very careful to keep information shared in the small group forum confidential, and not share private information given there on the main forums. All of our groups have a clear policy of "What's said in the group, stays in the group". This is in order to provide safety and confidentiality for its members.
Each member must agree to participate on a consistent basis, by sharing about themselves and offering support and encouragement to the other members of the group. These guidelines help the groups to become very stable, secure environments for support. Because of the need for mutual caring and support, non-participation over a period of a few weeks may result in removal from the group. It is also essential that members maintain their posting on the main forums, in order to keep their access to the groups programme.
With Gentle Care,
Emily & Susannah
Small Groups Programme Leaders