Support Groups subcategories:
- Abuse/Violence Related Support Groups (25/22)
- Addictions/Substance Use Disorder Support Groups (41/57)
- Bereavement Support Groups (56/72)
- Caregiver/Care Receiver Support Groups (17/34)
- Families/Friends Support Groups (1/0)
- Health/Disability Related Support Groups (99/141)
- Lifestyle/Transition Related Support Groups (27/31)
- Mental Health Related Support Groups (17/16)
- Parenting/Family Support Groups (38/82)
The structure of the services index and definitions of the terms contained herein were orginally published in A Taxonomy of Human Services: A Conceptual Framework with Standardized Terminology and Definitions for the Field by the Information and Refferal Federation of Los Angeles County, Inc., 3035 Tyler Ave, El Monte, CA 91731; Copyright (c) 1983, 1987, 1991. No part of there listing of human service terms and definitions may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electrical, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the Information and Referral Federation of Los Angeles County, Inc.
Autonomous groups of individuals who share a common problem or concern, either directly or through their partners and families, who meet together on a voluntary basis, either in-person, by telephone or via the Internet, to fulfill a need, overcome a disability or cope with a crisis. Members of mutual support groups share their experiences, strengths and hopes and rely on one another for emotional support, information and resources. Included are professionally-facilitated groups, faith-based and secular 12-step models with or without professional participation, groups that use a set of guidelines prepared by a national organization or headquarters, and groups that have no professional participation and/or no specifically-structured format.
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