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How to Prepare Members of Your Peer Support Circle

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After you have gotten a person interested in joining your Circle, it's important to prepare them for the experience of a support Circle. Here's a procedure that is very useful for doing that. Arrange a phone call with each prospective Circle member.

  1. Mention who the other members of the Circle are or might be.
  2. Ask them if they have any questions or suggestions about the Circle process.
  3. Ask them to review and sign this Member Agreement if they agree to join your Circle. Mention that all of the other members will share theirs, as well.
  4. Verify the date, time and location of the first meeting (see below). (Subsequent meetings will be 90 minutes long.)
  5. Ask them to review information about your selected virtual technologies, and mention which technology that you have chosen. Ask for their feedback.
  6. Ask them to share up to a one-page biography with each of the other members before the training.

In your first group meeting, you will guide your members through their first Peer Support Circle experience. You'll have a step-by-step set of talking points and a handy tool to do that.
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"We've exchanged useful materials and so on. Most helpful, though, is getting support, knowing you're not alone." – Herb Smith, Alliance for Speaking Truth on Prostitution, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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