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that you ve heard and understood what
they ve said.  
Peer Counseling Group.  
Some campuses have a group whose
3) Speak for yourself:  
main purpose is to provide support to oth 
Use "I" statements, rather than "he, she,
er lgbt people.  Often this is a separate
they, some people, etc."
group; sometimes it is a sub group of the
lgbt alliance.  Often this group will facil 
4) Speak directly to the person:  
itate the weekly drop in rap, and also be
Don t refer to others in the group in the
available in an office for drop in peer
third person; rather speak directly to
counseling.  This group may also take
responsibility for staffing a "hotline."
Typically this group receives training and
5) Ask your questions:  
Don t censor your questions.  Many times
we stop ourselves from asking questions
All people need general sup 
because we think our question is stupid or
port, but lgbt people may
that everyone else knows the answer.
also need support about
Usually when we take the risk to ask a
being queer in a heterosexist
question others are appreciative.
and homophobic world.
6) Watch for hidden assumptions in fig 
supervision from a mental health profes 
ures of speech:  
Some phrases are not really true, and they
function to shift responsibility and power
Any of these formats can be limited to a
away from you.  Avoid statements such
particular sub set of the community, such
as: "I don t know" (this could mean I
as lgbt people of color, bisexuals, women
don t want to know), "Don t ask me" (this
only, gay and bisexual men, or transgen 
could mean you ll be upset if I tell you),
der people.  You may want to start the
and "I can t" (this may mean I won t).
group sessions with a brief check in to
get a sense of how everyone is doing and
7) Share the air time:  
end with a brief evaluation to see how the
Some folks can talk easily in a group,
group worked for everyone.  The follow 
while other are quiet or shy.  If you are
ing are sample guidelines that may be
someone who speaks a lot, try holding
useful in a support or discussion group,
back a bit, and if you are someone who is
whether drop in or on going, peer or pro 
quiet, try speaking up.
fessionally facilitated.
8) Actively participate:  
Support Group Guidelines
You will get the most out of a support or
1) Confidentiality:  
discussion group if you actively share
What goes on in the group/discussion
your experiences.  You will also be giv 
stays in the group.
ing to others.
2) Empathy:  
9) Set your own limits:  
In order to empathize you must first
Remember that each person has the right
actively listen and then let someone know
to not share. It is up to every individual to
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