Overview and Target Audience:

This symposium will introduce themes common in running existing groups and to foster enhanced skills in handling group issues. The symposium will offer both teaching and an opportunity for attendees to discuss specific group problems they are facing during a question and answer period. Individuals from any multidisciplinary specialty currently involved in running bariatric support groups would be appropriate for this session.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe effective strategies for engaging and maintaining support group attendance.
  2. Understand how to use social media to enhance the support group experience.
  3. Identify strategies for marketing support groups.
  4. Explain self-care essentials for the bariatric support group leader.
  5. Describe the salient issues in running groups for adolescents.

8:00am Introductions
Lauren Carey, RDN
8:05am Dealing with Challenging Patient Behaviors in Groups
Nina Boulard, PhD
8:30am Using social media to enhance the support group experience
Elizabeth Dovec, MD FACS; Jana Wolff, RD
9:00am Innovative and Creative Ways to Engage Patients in Support Group and Implementing Special Events
Ninoska Peterson, PhD
9:20am Question & Answer
9:25am Break
9:55am Adolescent support groups
Lauren Carey, RDN
10:10am Surviving and thriving as a bariatric support group leader
Lori Nevins, LCSW
10:25am Utilizing Support Group Surveys
Vicky Blackard, RN BBA CBN; Paul Davidson, PhD
10:40am Mock Groups, integrating learning and putting into practice
10:55am Interactive Role play scenarios for dealing with challenging group dynamics
11:40am Wrap up
12:00pm Adjourn