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For survivors in many areas, the search for group support can be frustrating and, ultimately, unrewarding. In the absence of adequate or affordable community services, survivors may still find themselves, as the founders of Incest Resources did in 1980, having to organize on their own behalf.

This training/preparation manual for survivors and others wishing to establish a local, facilitated support group is based upon the groupwork model developed by Incest Resources, Inc. This model has been used successfully by female sexual abuse survivors, male sexual abuse survivors, deaf survivors, survivors with disabilities, female partners of survivors, male partners of survivors, and adult rape survivors since it was formally introduced in 1983.


  • A description of the groupwork model developed by Incest Resources
  • A discussion of the rationale behind this model
  • A look at the organizational factors to consider in planning
  • Sample fliers and press releases
  • A list of suggested topics for group meetings
  • Sample announcements and guidelines for conducting safe and productive meetings
  • Sample introductions to a number of topics
  • A look at the factors that can undermine or enhance facilitator effectiveness
  • Concrete strategies for dealing with group problems that arise


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