Term Support Groups
Code PN-8100
Definition Autonomous groups of individuals who share a common problem or concern, either directly or through their partners and families, who meet together on a voluntary basis, either in-person, by telephone or via the Internet, to fulfill a need, overcome a disability or cope with a crisis. Members of mutual support groups share their experiences, strengths and hopes and rely on one another for emotional support, information and resources. Included are professionally-facilitated groups, faith-based and secular 12-step models with or without professional participation, groups that use a set of guidelines prepared by a national organization or headquarters, and groups that have no professional participation and/or no specifically-structured format.
Created 12/8/10
Changed 5/5/16
Use References 12 Step Programs
Mutual Support Groups
Peer Support Groups
Rap Groups
Self Help
Self Help Groups
See Also References Counseling Services (RP-1400)
Counseling Settings (RF)
Job Clubs (ND-2000.6500-320)
Peer to Peer Networking (PH-1400.6500)
Support Group Clearinghouses (PN-8000)
Support Group Facilitation Volunteer Opportunities (PX-1800.8000)
Support Group Meeting Formats (PN-8050)
External Classification Terms Counseling (UW
Counseling (NTE F60)
Individual, Family and Community Support (USA IF-330)
Individual/Family Services (CAN IF-330)
Personal Social Services (NPC P05)
Personal Social Services (NTE P50)
Related Concepts Organization/Facility Type
Facet Organization/Facility Type
Bibliographic References "Mutual Support Groups Serving Wayne County", Detroit Public Library TIP Service, http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/tds/mutual_support_groups.htm NOTE: this document is no longer available.

The Self-Help Sourcebook: Finding and Forming Mutual Aid Self-Help Groups, Fourth Edition, American Self-Help Clearinghouse, Riverside Medical Center, Denville, NJ, 1992

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