Curvy Girls Support Group Operations Manual        

*This manual is the property of Curvy Girls Foundation. Authorized use of this manual is for Curvy Girls designated Leaders only and may not be used by an unauthorized source without explicit permission from Curvy Girls administration.

 

You are responsible for keeping up-to-date on all CG information on Leaders’ Facebook group.

 

Meetings are

for girls only ages 6-22

held monthly at home or other private location

sugar- and soda-free

non-denominational

 

Curvy Girls Mission is to reduce the emotional impact of scoliosis by empowering girls through mutual support and acceptance to become leaders, make healthy lifestyle choices and improve self-esteem while giving back to the Curvy Girls community

 

The success of Curvy Girls is based on two factors: Peer Support and Paying it Forward. Curvy Girls (CG) scoliosis support groups are unique in that they are led by teens and NOT adults. CG provides girls with scoliosis a private place to share thoughts and feelings with peers in a non-judging and supportive environment. CG empowers girls with scoliosis to feel more confident, not feel alone, and to find their voice.

 

We want to encourage our members to continue to participate in CG even when their treatment is complete. It is in this way that the next Curvy Girl gets support and you don’t have to continue to restart group because there will always be a core group involved.

 

Meetings are scheduled monthly and held in the privacy and comfort of our homes or other private area (e.g., meeting room at a library/church/school/community center).

Meetings are not held in restaurants, local coffee shops, malls, medical facilities, or other public and open places or distracting places.

 

Parents/adults do not facilitate or attend girls’ groups. The parent may run a parent group. Adults with scoliosis do not attend Curvy Girls groups.

Siblings and friends DO NOT attend group meetings.

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BRANDING

Only use documents that are provided by Curvy Girls with CG logo. DO NOT make your own. If you are having an event, CG will provide you with a template to use. Contact info@curvygirlsscoliosis.com

 

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    LEADERSHIP    

 

Congratulations, as a CG Leader, you are now a role model for other girls and a CG Ambassador.

  • As a Role Model, you set an example for other girls of what is expected. Members will look to you to take the lead, so how you act will set the tone for others. (Example: If you are friendly and welcoming, others will be as well). CGs do not talk about others when they are not present. We do not form cliques within our group where others may feel left out. Your job is to help girls feel included.

 

  • As a CG Ambassador you are an official representative of the Curvy Girls organization. You will want to make sure that what you do and say as a CG is appropriate and kind. When representing CG at a public event or in the media, make sure to wear your CG shirt. Clothing that would not be appropriate for school, wouldn’t be appropriate to wear in your CG role.

 

Responsibilities

              Receive announcements from Leah/Robin

              Get and give ideas to other Curvy Leaders

              Post meeting date/times at prompting

              Ask questions and get support from other Leaders

  • Plan/host meetings MONTHLY

             Greet and introduce members

             Start/end meeting at set times

             Facilitate group discussion

             Set meeting tone – if you are open and share your feelings, members will follow your lead

 

             Remember you do not have to know all the answers. CG Leaders organize group, prepare for group, begin and end group. In                    between the start and end of group, the Leader brings up topics, asks others what they think, and shares her own thoughts and               feelings. Your role is to help the members do the work. Set the tone by sharing your feelings, and they will too!

 

 

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MEMBERSHIP

Members are girls ages 6-22. Parents do NOT attend CG support group meetings. Parents can hold a parent group.  Adults and boys do NOT attend CG meetings.

  • Member Screening:  Since Leah was only 13 when she first began her group, Robin -- as the parent -- did all the phone screening. When a girl/parent calls/emails, we enter their information on the Group List (below). Leaders can engage a Curvy Girl prior to meeting. We do NOT recommend addressing parent’s individual issues over the phone/email but instead let them know this will be addressed during group meetings. We found that addressing parent concerns over the phone decreased their attendance at meetings.

  • Group List:   CG Name/Parent name     age/dob          address              Tel#            email    (You may also like to note stage of scoliosis (e.g., brace/surgery)

  • Meetings: Provide info on location, meeting date, start/end times and if there is a parent group

  • Notification: Send out monthly email meeting reminders requesting member RSVP. Don’t give out address until the person confirms they can attend.

  • Parent Group: Your parent can hold a parent group at the same time BUT must be separate from the girls. There are advantages to holding a parent group-- It is a great way to ensure CG members attend and is a place for parents to receive support and share information. Parent topics often include treatment compliance and treatment options, as well as teen behavior. Whatever you and your parent decide, let CGs and parents know what to expect when they bring their child to your meeting. Let them know if they can stay or leave.

  • Different scenarios of girls joining:  Some girls who find out about the group will ask their parent to bring them, while other times it may be the parent’s idea. Sometimes a teen may not want to come because they don’t want to deal with their scoliosis, however, once in the group their attitude often will change. If someone still doesn’t wish to attend, don’t take it personally as they may just not be ready to deal with their scoliosis

  • Location:  We hold meetings in our home, as girls find this to be the most comfortable environment. If that is not feasible, you can hold your group in a private area of the community (e.g., school, library, community center). We discourage holding regular group meetings at medical-related facilities for the comfort of the girls. Meetings are NOT to be held at public places that do not have a private area to talk. Meetings are NOT held in restaurants and other places where people are required to spend money.

 

 

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GETTING THE WORD OUT

To Medical Providers

  • Put on your CG shirt

  • Personally deliver and present your flyer to your orthotist, orthopedist, pediatrician, physiotherapist, and others who see girls with scoliosis. You may consider presenting your flyer in a standing frame where it will be permanent. 

  • Presentation of your group and flyer is not done by a parent.

  • Monthly follow-up email with an attached flyer is also important if you are not getting members. You may even want to call the office to remind them about your group. (Parents can help with follow-up phone calls, once Leader has introduced herself in person.)

  • While at school, bring a flyer and your card to the School Nurse. Ask her to share with other School Nurses.

 

Here’s how:

 

  • Introduce yourself if they don’t already know you. Tell a little about CG and why you started a local group and how peer support helps their patients adhere to their treatment recommendations--

“Because I know how it feels to have scoliosis, I started a local CG group to support other girls. CG was started by a teen from NY and now there are over 100 chapters around the world. Coming together with other girls to talk about scoliosis, helps us feel better, which helps us be more compliant with your treatment recommendations, like wearing our brace.

 

  • Ask if they are willing to display/handout/mail your flyers to their girl patients. (They can’t give you patient information but with your permission they can give patients your information. This protection of privacy is called the HIPPA law in medical offices.)  “I was wondering if you would be willing to tell all your girl patients about us.

"I have flyers and cards for you to give to girls.

Would you be willing to mail all your girl patients my flyer?

Do you have a website where you can put a link to my CG page?"

 

  • Ask who the staff person is who can be your contact (medical staff/office manager/front desk). That person can help you display your flyers. You can email them meeting reminders and dates.

 

Office Staff Contact Person--  Relationship Relationship Relationship-- Establish a relationship with a key office staff person who because they know you, will want to help you.

 

  • Hopefully the doctor will introduce you to the office person who will assist you. If not, be sure to introduce yourself and let them know the Dr. sent you.

“Hi, I’m _______, a patient of Dr. ___, who said I should speak with you about Curvy Girls.” 

  • Upon introduction, hand the office person your card containing your CG email and phone #.

  • Repeat the information to the office person that you told your doctor about CG and your starting a group for girls.

 

Remember you are helping people understand what you are doing, so they can spread the word about your group. This person is the one who will make sure to refill your flyers when they’re all gone and to contact you to ask for more cards.

 

  • Ask for the person’s card with their email and tel # so you can follow-up with them.

  • Thank the person you talk to and offer to bring more flyers when needed.

  • Follow-up at your next office visit or email/call to say thank you and ask if they need more flyers/cards.

  • If you are not getting referrals, speak with your doctor and office person again.

  • Remember be polite but persistent! Getting them to remember CG doesn’t always happen easily.

 

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Meetings

PEER-TO-PEER Support   Curvy Girls meetings are for girls only; therefore, neither parents nor adults with scoliosis attend girls’ meetings! The whole purpose and success of CG is based on the effect peers have on each other. Not all girls will speak in front of their parents and some girls allow their parent to do the talking and, therefore, won’t share in the same way they do amongst peers.

If you are planning an event like attending Convention, girls and parents may meet before group to briefly discuss details. This is done before the girls start their meeting. We do NOT discuss our scoliosis-related issues in a joint meeting.

Sometimes adults who have had scoliosis will contact you to ask to speak at your group. We explain that Curvy Girls is for girls and that adults with scoliosis do not attend meetings. You may respond with something like:  Thank you for your interest. Because Curvy Girls is based upon teen peer-support, adults do not attend meetings.

Meetings are not to be held regularly at a medical facility. Sometimes it benefits the group to hold a meeting at a medical facility for a specific purpose, like becoming familiar with a special or new treatment/machine/service. This, however, is the exception and not to be done on a regular basis.

 

Sometimes there are reasons that the leader cannot hold meetings in their home. When that is the case, there are options for us to explore with you. You will need approval from CG administrators first.

 

CONSISTENCY of meeting day/times are important so that members/parents know what to expect and can plan around meetings. This minimizes families forgetting about meetings and not showing up. Plan dates ahead of time so you can provide the dates several meetings in advance. You can change the date if you need, but this way they leave the meeting expecting when to return.

Groups meet a minimum of once every month at a prescheduled time and place. The founding group meets on the first Sunday of the month from 11-1 a.m. at Leah’s house. You can choose which day works best for you. Always provide the date/time of the next meeting at your current meeting

  • Meeting dates are posted on CG website Events Calendar

  • Not every time will work for everyone, so you need to set a time and day that works best for you. People will need to work their schedule around the group and not vice versa. Since you are the group leader, if you have a time conflict for a particular month, you may need to change the group meeting date for that month but don’t change meetings when one person can’t attend because then someone else may not be able to attend. Stay consistent.

 

GREETING MEMBERS  Remember that you are a host. That means that you will want to make sure everyone that comes to your meeting feels comfortable. When the girls arrive, the leader or another member must greet, introduce yourself, and welcome them. The person in this role should then introduce the new member to other members. Remembering names may be hard so you might consider using name tags. You can use the peel and stick kind or get reusable pin or clip-ons where the name is inserted into a plastic encasement.

Prior to the start of the meeting, look around and make sure that no girl is standing off by herself or alone with her parent. Your role as group leader is to invite her to join you, introduce her to someone and/or ask her to help you with a task such as filling out name tags, whatever makes her feel included.

As people begin to arrive, we chat and catch up informally for a few minutes before group officially begins. Again, consistency in starting time is important, so that people come to know what to expect. Start group at the time stated and others will learn to be there on time.

 

FOOD OPTIONAL  Meetings do not need to include food. However, CG policy is if food is included, it needs to be healthful and NOT sugar or soda.

Healthy bodies/healthy minds: CG promotes healthy lifestyle choices and that includes what we put into our mouths. Soda leeches calcium out of our bones and Curvy Girls definitely don’t need that. Let members know in advance that if they choose to bring something, we offer a list of healthful items or paper goods so members can sign-up when confirming their attendance to the next meeting. Or you can assign items as people respond. If donuts are there, girls will eat them; if cut-vegetables with dip are available, you’d be surprised to see the girls eat that. So leave the donuts at the donut store! Again, meetings are about talking and this doesn’t mean you need food.

 

GROUP LENGTH is determined by size of group. A small group can meet for 60 minutes. As you get larger, you may want to expand to 90 minutes. Decide what works for your group.

 

STARTING MEETINGS  Bring girls into a room where there is privacy for your group. To begin group, you say something like, “It’s time to begin. Let’s go into the (den, living room, or wherever you are holding group)”.  Don’t be shy about leading because everyone is expecting you to tell them what to do.

 

SUPPORT  Leah or your Senior Leader can join you via Video Chat for your first group or other groups if you’d like. We can talk you through, give you suggestions or pose questions to the group. You don’t have to do this alone.

 

 

FIRST MEETING  You can begin your group with one other girl. Give your members a flyer, so they can help find more members by bringing flyers to their doctor, orthotist, and school nurse.

 

While CG do not meet together with parents, at the very first meeting you may welcome everyone and tell them the time/day of monthly meetings (e.g., first Sunday of the month from 11- 12).

  • Introductions  Leaders set the tone for group. If you share your feelings, your members will be more comfortable sharing theirs.

Begin by introducing and telling a little about who you are, including your scoliosis and how it makes you feel and why you started this group. You want your members to know that they can share their feelings about having scoliosis and the best way to do that is by sharing your feelings.

Example:  “Hi, I’m Leah. I love to dance and read. I was diagnosed when I was 11 with a 37 degree curve and braced for 2 years. I felt really alone and I didn’t know anyone who understood how I felt, so I wanted to start this group. The hardest part for me was…. (not knowing anyone else with scoliosis; fearing I’d be made fun of; not knowing what to wear to hide my brace, telling my friends, keeping a secret, etc.)

  • HALO Awards on CG website home page is a great way to kick off your new group by playing at beginning of meeting and using it to lead into to discussion. Here are some discussion starter questions:

How did the HALO video make you feel? What did you like best? What did you identify with most? What are some challenges you deal with because of scoliosis? How do you think coming to CG can help?

  • Introduce concept of paying it forward. “CG is about supporting each other. Leah says, ‘It’s about doing it for the next girl.’ Today you are here to get support but tomorrow you can come to support the next girl. Leah and other leaders and members who are done with their treatment continue to be part of CGs. Why do you think we do that?”

  • NO cell phones/electronic devices Let your members know from the very first meeting and reminders with new members that no phones/electronics during meetings. Leah likes to start off every group by saying, “Hold up your cell phones (everyone holds them up). Now shut them off and put them in this basket.” If you do this from the very first group, the girls will come to expect NO electronic devices during group. Whatever way you do it, it is important that girls know to shut off their phones or leave with their parent during group time. Cell phones are distracting and don’t belong in meetings!

  • As a non-denominational organization, sensitivity to diversity is very important so that no one feels excluded.

ROLES

LEADER Your role is to help the group decide what they want to discuss, help keep everyone on topic, start the group on a topic or question, and end group. Being the Leader doesn’t mean you have to do all the talking or know all the answers; it means helping other people talk. For instance, if you know something happened for someone, you might say, “Kayla, I know you went to the doctor for your follow-up appointment. How did that go?”

  • Privacy  Let group know that we don’t tell school friends personal things that a CG shared at group. Trusting privacy can be the difference between a girl speaking up or staying quiet.

  • Concerns  If you are concerned about something a girl says, seek guidance from a parent/trusted adult. If a group member presents something risky to themselves or others, you MUST tell your parent/adult to ensure the member’s safety. Even if you are not sure, be safe and speak up.

When something feels upsetting to you or if you are concerned about how to handle a situation, always seek an adult’s assistance—either speak with your parent or contact Robin to help guide you. Never keep your concerns to yourself. Privacy is more about girls knowing that they can share how they feel during group and it won’t be talked about at school.

  • Leaders don’t have all the answers!! This is what the group is for. The role of group members is to help come up with answers, or at least provide feedback. And, sometimes there are no answers. Group is about giving girls a place to talk about thoughts and feelings. Even if no one has THE answer, talking to peers about how they feel helps them to feel better.

  • Empowerment   Group is empowering, helping each girl find her own voice. The purpose of group is to help girls vent their feelings and not feel alone in their scoliosis struggles. Being a teen/preteen is difficult enough with peer pressure, physical and emotional changes. Simply coming to a group with other girls going through the same thing will help girls feel better. Scoliosis may be experienced as a burden until you find your voice.

 

MEMBERS  Everyone takes in information differently. Some girls are chatty, some are quiet, and some may be difficult to engage. Here are some scenarios to be aware of:

 

Always ask open-ended questions so girls can’t just answer with a yes or a no.  Example: How does your brace feel? vs. Does you brace hurt?  What advice would you give to a girls that are braced?

  • Quiet members   During group, some girls may be a little shyer and do more listening, while other girls can be chattier. Never underestimate the girl who is quiet; she is taking in everything that is being said and it will make a difference to her.

  • Monopolizing  If a girl seems to be talking too much and preventing others from having a chance to speak, that is called monopolizing and you will need to interrupt. I know, you were taught to “be polite” but the girl that is monopolizing may not realize that she is not being polite and the group needs the leader to take charge. You will have to be ASSERTIVE here. Don’t be afraid that you are being rude because you need to take control. Find a way of interrupting, such as saying, “That’s a good point, now let’s hear what Anna has to say” or “Let’s give Alyssa a chance.” “Sorry to cut you off, I want to give Mary a chance.” “I have to stop you because we need to move to the next topic. Remember that we need to give everyone a chance to speak.” 

    If none of these works and there is someone who is continually off-topic and doesn’t respond to your attempts to stop them, you will need to speak with your parent or Robin about this so they can help you.

  • Off topic  Sometimes people can go away from the issue being discussed. Let’s say the group starts off talking about how clothes don’t fit because of their body’s asymmetry (unevenness). On topic would be if someone said they feel the same way because of their brace. Going way off topic would be talking about plans for the weekend and it doesn’t tie back in with scoliosis. Now if they begin talking about plans for the weekend as it relates to what they can wear, then they are not off topic. Once you think that it sounds irrelevant, you can say, “I want to come back to what Emily said about feeling uncomfortable in skirts. Does anyone else have that kind of problem?” Don’t be afraid to interrupt and redirect. It’s good to be assertive here. Girls look toward you and expect you to help. They understand and know that is your role. You are not being rude when you do this.

  • Side talk is when 2 or 3 girls start to have a side conversation. They might be talking to each other about the topic or something totally different. Either way it is disruptive and rude to the person speaking and the group. Also, if you don’t stop it, members will think it’s all right to speak separately to each other and the next thing you know you have many side conversations going and no one is listening to anyone. You want to be able to bring them back into the group conversation with, “Hey, guys. I can’t hear what Leah is saying” or “Please let’s not talk when someone else is” or just a plain ol’ “Shh.”

  • Quiet Group   What if no one is speaking? Sometimes there are lulls during group and members wait for the Leader to direct them. What happens if everyone just sits there and says nothing? They may be waiting for guidance from you. Have questions ready to ask.  “Is there anything anyone wants to tell us today? Anything good happen? Upsetting?”

If that doesn’t do it, you may use humor or get topic specific. Ask something that will be sure to get a response.  “I know we’re all here because we love to wear a brace! Who doesn’t and why?”   or 

“Let’s talk about doctor visits. Who has a doctor visit this month? How do you feel when you go?” (Going to the doctor makes most girls with scoliosis quite nervous.) If no one jumps in to answer, talk about your experience with doctor visits. Explain what it’s like for you and then ask if anyone has a similar or different experience? “Does your doctor speak to you or your parent? Do you understand what the doctor is saying most of the time?”  This topic can lead to role-playing how we can speak to our medical professionals.

Ending As it gets closer to ending and you still have time, you may want to ask, “Does anyone have anything else to share?” or “Does anyone have anything they would like to say that hasn’t been addressed?”

Just like you officially start group by calling everyone into the meeting room, you want to let everyone know when group is over. Before the meeting ends, have everyone record the next meeting date/time. Then conclude meeting with “We’re done for today. Look forward to seeing you next month. Any topics you want discussed, remember to text, email or tell me.”

 

 

Group DISCUSSIONS

There are a few ways you can decide what topics to present for group discussion.  Talking about what is going on with members at the time and/or using activities to help in discussing topics. Do not rely on activities for all meetings because you want to make it about relating and sharing your thoughts and feelings about the challenges and triumphs with scoliosis.

New member introductions  Each time a new girl joins, you want to introduce her and let her tell her "scoliosis story" to the group. If the group is small enough, all members go around and introduce themselves to the new member by telling their scoli story.

When group got too big, Leah decided that after the new member introduced herself and shared her story, she would simply ask the rest of the group to identify by a show of hands--- Who wears a brace? Who had or is having surgery? Who’s done with bracing?  This gives the new member an idea of what the other girls are dealing with in the group without taking the a lot of  time for introductions.

Topics

  • Member issues   Plan your group topics based upon what is currently going on with members. New brace? Awaiting surgery? Friendship problems? School stress? Treatment stress?

  • Pre-planned topics  visit www.curvygirlsscoliosis.com/leadermaterial for ideas and activities

  • Combination of planned topics and addressing issues that girls present in group. You can start off by asking group if there is anything anyone would like to share.  It is always a good idea to have topics written down or in your head to draw upon.

  • Seasonal themes  As a non-denominational organization, we do not celebrate holidays but we certainly talk about holidays and scoliosis challenges related to the time year.  Examples:

Summer – Going to camp in a brace? Heat in a brace? Keep some go-to topics on a piece of paper or in your head but use the issues that your members are dealing with as group topics.

August/September--- starting school in a brace, telling friends, changing for physical education, school clothes shopping

October – self-esteem, feeling different. Jenny’s Super Wacky dress up day encourages girls to dress differently and realize that no matter how they look on the outside, they are still the same person on the inside.

December—Discussion of how holiday time raises topics like telling extended family about your brace or traveling in a brace or after surgery.

January--- provides a time to reflect on accomplishments over past year and on scoliosis- related goals for the following year.

February --- self-love

March--- Has having scoliosis brought something positive into your life?

School holiday months—Vacations while driving or flying in a brace

  • Straight Talk with the Curvy Girls was written with all the questions/topics that girls and parents typically face when dealing with scoliosis. Reading the book will prepare you for these questions, answers, and help you develop topic questions to ask the group. You can recommend that families have their own copies. This way you can suggest a topic for the following month’s group discussion: Fashion Advise, Bracing, Surgery, Preparing for Medical Visits, one of the girls’ stories, etc. 

  • Braced Princesses included in your packet. When leading group, Rachel always has copies of her Princess drawings with crayons/markers on hand for younger girls. This can help keep your younger members involved while teens talk.  Don’t forget to make copies and keep originals.     

 

  • Common Scoliosis Topics make for good discussion:

Diagnosis -  How were you diagnosed? What happened after you were diagnosed? What were your degrees?  How did you feel knowing you had scoliosis?

Surgery – Talk about feelings /worries about surgery, how to prepare for surgery, what to expect, and post-surgery suggestions. It is important to coach girls not to frighten other girls. Tone must be supportive. Help them understand that telling gory/scary stories is not helpful and can cause undo anxiety. What happens to one person may not happen to another.

 

Bracing - Wearing your brace to school, taking it off for gym class, clothing, how to tell friends, what to say if someone asks about your brace? Has anyone ever said something that made you feel uncomfortable about your brace or scoliosis? How did you respond?

 

Medical visits - What to expect at follow-up doctor or brace appointments? How to ask your own questions to medical professionals?

Parents - What teen won’t want to complain about their parents making them wear their brace! Here is a good place to voice their dismay because peers can give helpful advice.

 

Self-esteem - Big issue for teens. With scoliosis we deal with self-esteem and body image whether it’s because of surgery, curves in our back, or bracing. It's so important for girls to feel good about themselves and their bodies. Coming to group and talking with other girls who are dealing with the same issues helps them to feel better about themselves because now they see that they are not alone. Some self-esteem topics may not be directly about scoliosis but that’s all right. Someone may wish to announce something they feel good about too (i.e., dance recital).

 

Bullying/teasing - Middle school is a difficult time especially for girls who can be very mean to each other. How would you deal with other kids saying something mean to you about your brace/scoliosis?

 

Friendship - Something every middle and high school teen deals with and likes to talk about. A good question to start off with might be: How do your friends support you?  Should you tell your friends? What to tell them?

 

Finding our voices - Here is a great topic-- the importance of speaking during doctor visits. Help girls see that they have the right to be heard and ask questions at medical appointments because this is about their bodies. You might start off this discussion by saying, “Does anyone have questions that they would like to ask their doctor?” “Who feels nervous or intimidated to speak to their doctor?” Then you can say, “Maybe as a group we can try and figure out how to deal with speaking up at doctor visits.” Ask girls what are some things they might want to ask their doctor or bracemaker or physical therapist. Discuss the importance of being part of the medical appointment. Then members can brainstorm to help girls be better prepared. Going to appointments with questions written down is better than relying on memory because sometimes we just go blank when we get nervous. Ask the group if anyone could offer suggestions for girls who are having a harder time using their voice.

 

Fashion Advice – Do people know you wear a brace or do you hide it? If you don’t keep it secret, what do you say to other kids? If you hide your brace what kind of clothes do you recommend? Each person that wants to give advice has a chance to speak. How about we each wear something next time that shows how we cover our brace!

 

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Sample Meeting Plan

Some Leaders like to have topics outlined prior to group. Some Leaders keep ideas in the back of their minds to use when needed. Here is a sample plan that Rachel outlined for her meeting. She did not get to everything but she felt more prepared and had topics leftover for next time. Topics were chosen based upon what she knew members were dealing with at the time.

 

Introduce new girls

 

Have Arianna share her recent experience with: (surgery, bracing, medical visit, etc.)

 

Address girls who had surgery more than a year ago. Ask:

What advice can you give to our girls who recently had surgery?

What was the hardest thing to learn to do differently post-surgery?

 

 

Bracing and Bracewear   Ask:

What advise can you give to our braced girls

How does your brace feel

 

Doctor visits

Discuss the importance of speaking during doctor visit. Remember to ask questions.

Ask the group: What are some things you might want to ask your doctor?

                        How many of you feel nervous or intimidated to ask questions of your doctor?

Maybe as a group, we can try and figure out how to deal with that.

Discuss the importance of speaking at doctor visit. Remember to ask questions.

Ask the girls: How many of you feel nervous or intimidated to ask questions of your doctor?
                      What are some things you might want to ask your doctor?

Maybe as a group we can try and figure out how to deal with that.

Let’s brainstorm what questions or things we want to talk about to help you be prepared.

Suggestion: Write your questions down or put them in your phone before you go to your appointment because sometimes we go blank when we get nervous. You might want to discuss questions you have with your parent(s) first, so they can help you.

This way you feel prepared.

                       

 

 

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Transferring LEADERSHIP

  • Future Leaders  It will be helpful to identify a younger member who may become a future leader so if you go away to college, she can become the next Leader. This person should be a committed member who is a good listener and supports your efforts as a Leader. You may decide to have that person help you at group meetings so she learns how to lead a group.

  • However, if you wish to continue running you group while at college you can do that as well. If there isn’t a group where you are going to college, you might want to consider starting one.

  • Registration The process of signing up a replacement leader is the same as when you first signed up. The potential new leader must first contact Robin who will prepare an affiliate agreement to review and set-up a Video Chat. Once the affiliate agreement is signed and registration fee paid, they will receive their official Leader’s Welcome Packet.

 

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