The Courage to Lead: Start Your Own Support Group - Mental Illness and Addictions


COURAGE TO LEAD: START YOUR OWN SUPPORT GROUP FOR MENTAL ILLNESSES AND ADDICTIONS is a guide for starting support groups, including causes, diagnoses and screening tests for mental illnesses and addictions.
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COURAGE TO LEAD: START YOUR OWN SUPPORT GROUP FOR MENTAL ILLNESSES AND ADDICTIONS is a guide for starting support groups, including causes, diagnoses and screening tests for mental illnesses and addictions.
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The Courage To Lead: Start Your Own Support Group is a complete "how to" manual for creating small groups that will prove invaluable supplements to hospital regimens, formal therapy, medical or pharmaceutical treatments for persons striving against addiction or to overcome mental illnesses. Hannah Carlson ably covers all aspects of forming, organizing, publicizing, and leading a group; how to get started with discussion subjects, study materials, speakers; shares ten characteristics of an effective group, as well as a Twelve Step and other programs; using the telephone and on-line support; and a "trouble-shooters" guide. Also very highly recommended self-help titles by Carlson include Living With Disabilities: 6-Volume Compendium (1884158153, $59.70); Where's Your Head?: Psychology For Teenagers (1884158196, $14.95); and Girls Are Equal Too: The Teenage Girls How-To-Survive Book (1884158188, $14.95).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884158254
  • Publisher: Bick Publishing House
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 161
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hannah Carlson, M.Ed., LPC, past Director of Developmental Disabilities, Kennedy Center for the Mentally Disabled, is now Behavior Health Specialist for Sate of CT Mental Health & Addictions Services. She has authored LIVING WITH DISABILITIES.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: You Don't Have to Do It Alone
Part 1 The Problems
Chapter 1 Story #1 Afraid of Killing Her Children 5
Chapter 2 Conditions of Mental Illness 11
1. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
2. Dissociative Disorders
3. Mood Disorders
4. Personality Disorders
5. Anxiety Disorders
6. Impulse-Control Disorders and Addictions
Chapter 3 Story #2 I'll Never Be Fat Again 29
Chapter 4 Causes of Mental Illness 33
1. Brain Chemistry and Genetics
2. Pregnancy and Birth
3. Other Medical Disorders
4. Environmental Causes
Chapter 5 Story #3 Bright Lights, Big City: the Descending Horror Show 37
Part 2 The Solutions
Introduction 47
Chapter 1 Story #3 He Gambled His Life 55
Chapter 2 Treatment and Recovery 61
1. Therapy and Training (Psychotherapy, Behavior Therapy, Rehabilitation, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Hospitalization, Surgery, Alternative Interventions)
2. Medications (Side Effects, Decision to Medicate)
Chapter 3 Starting a Mutual Help Support Group 69
1. Become the Contact Person
2. Use the Telephone
3. Your Core Group
4. Define Your Support Group
5. Publicize Your Support Group
Chapter 4 Your First Meeting 83
1. Welcome to the Group Process
2. Issues to Decide
3. What Your Group Wants to Accomplish Together
4. Delegating Responsibilities: Recruiting and Rotating Volunteers
5. Group Decision Making
Chapter 5 Group Meetings 89
1. A Format for You
2. Ten Characteristics of an Effective Group
Chapter 6 When Things Go Wrong A Trouble-Shooter's Guide 95
1. Quality of Group Is Declining
2. Losing Members
3. When Individuals Take Over the Meeting
4. Leadership Burn Out and Over-Controlling
Chapter 7 Story #4 Unable to Function in an Adult Functioning World 103
Chapter 8 Professionally Facilitated Support Groups 107
Chapter 9 Story #5 The Living Nightmare of My Father's Legacy 109
Chapter 10 A Note about Recovery 113
Appendix I Sample Screening Tests 115
Attention Deficit Disorder
Eating Disorders and Perfectionism Scale
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Personality Disorders
Appendix II Reading List 135
Appendix III The Twelve-Step Program 138
Appendix IV Starting a Support Group Online 142
Appendix V Possible Group Discussion Topics 144
Appendix VI Samples: Group Opening and Closing Comments 146
Appendix VII Resources 150
Index 155
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