In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. (Wikipedia)
I. Work in Small groups. Read the sentences below and decide whether you agree or disagree with the statements. Then decide whether they are advantages or disadvantages of support groups.
1. Support Groups allow you to share not only problems you may be having but also possible solutions with others who may be going to the same problems as you.
2. Support Groups are a great way to meet others who go through the same ups and downs that you experience.
3. Support Groups are an excellent way to build up friendships.
4. Support Groups allow you and others who care for you to express their feelings.
5. Support Groups tend to bring together people who share only criticisms of people who deal with the problems they are facing.
6. Support Groups leave the attendees feeling worse because they are not given any hope to overcome their problems.
7. Support Groups sometimes have attendees that whine and complain about how bad their problem is, but can not do anything to change it.
8. Support Groups give you hope that things will truly be alright.
9. Support Groups sometimes can lead to arguments and disagreements which can be very harmful to a person's progress who has been facing these problems
10. Support Groups do not always give you useful coping strategies and sometimes leave you feeling empty.
11. Telling their story can be an important part of healing, but hearing someone else's story can be traumatic. Memory is very complex. Hearing a graphic story of someone's trauma can trigger memories, thoughts, and feelings of one's own trauma.
12. Support groups can encourage you to seek professional treatment if you haven't yet. They also may encourage you to take a more active role in your treatment or stick to your treatment plan when you feel like giving up.
13. You may be nervous about sharing personal issues with people you don't know.
II. Talk to a partner.
1. Have you ever participated in a support group? Would you consider joining one? For what reasons?
2. What's your opinion about them?
3. Read some kinds of support groups listed below. Which ones do you consider worth trying in case someone has a problem? Justify your answer.
- Women who love too much
- People who have lost their children
- Single mother
III. Watch the segments below. They're from the movies The Nanny Diaries, The Back-up Plan, Rabbit Hole, and License to Wed. For each of the segments, answer the following questions.
1. What is the support group for?
2. Who is conducting the meeting?
3. What kind of audience does it have?
4. How excited are the participants?
5. How helpful do you consider this support group?
6. What are the good the negative sides of the support group?
7. Would you like to be part of the group? Why (not)?
8. What do the movie scenes have in common and how different from each other are they?
THE NANNY DIARIES
THE BACK-UP PLAN
LICENSE TO WED:
MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - THE NANNY DIARIES
MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - THE BACKUP PLAN
MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - RABBIT'S HOLE