GPS SUPPORT GROUPS ARE FOR EVERYONE.
You are not alone. Whatever your experience during the Covid-19 pandemic, we know it is hard. Harder than ever. Join us at an upcoming support group. You will leave feeling connected, renewed and not alone. And ready to take on another day.
Currently we are offering support groups for parents, frontline workers, mental health and social service providers, teachers, communities of color, people in recovery as well as more general groups. Is there a group you would like to see us lead? Contact us!
GPS GROUPS ARE LED BY TRAINED FACILITATORS
All GPS Support Groups are led by trained GPS Facilitators who lead with compassion, inclusion and non-judgement. Each group is a an opportunity to speak the truth about our current experience, receive support, unload upsetting feelings and know that we’re not alone. People leave GPS groups feeling more connected to each other, their own inherent resilience and are able to face the challenges before them.
LEARN THE GPS SUPPORT GROUP MODEL: ONLINE OR IN PERSON
There has never been a more important time to bring support groups to your community. We train peer leaders, people with lived experience and professionals in our evidence and trauma informed support group model. We work with non-profits, NGOs, hospital care systems, departments of public health, mental health, early childhood education, correction, children’s protective services and other entities. Connect with us to see if GPS is right for your community.
FREE GPS FACILITATOR TRAINING
We are currently offering our GPS Facilitator Training online. There are opportunities for free and/or reduced cost training during the COVID-19 Crisis.
We are offering free support groups to all who need them. And we know the need has never been greater. Join us and become part of our team of volunteer support group leaders. All are welcome — mental health clinicians, providers, social service workers, faith-based leaders, people with lived experience, peers and ordinary people who care.
GPS GROUPS HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT
GPS Support Groups provide the much needed opportunity to connect with others, talk about what is on our hearts and in our minds with other people. Together we realize that we are not alone, we are not the only one, there is nothing wrong with us that we are having the thoughts and feelings that we are experiencing and that there is support available. By being with each other during difficult times we minimize trauma and maximize resilience. And that’s what we all need right now.
GPS SUPPORT GROUPS ARE EVIDENCE AND TRAUMA INFORMED
GPS Groups incorporate evidence-based approaches of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Psychosocial Education in a warm and accessible group model. GPS groups are deliberately judgement and advice-free zones where people can be listened to with respect. Participants heal, find their strength and connect with their courage to take conscious steps towards the lives they want to live.
I have led groups for my entire career but never before have I found a model that matches the cadence of my heart. It incorporates a social justice focus in an accessible, welcoming way that both facilitators and group members can embrace.Meredith Pesce, Program Manager, Recovery Residences, Portland ME
The GPS Model works. It is a powerful community resource, a lifeline of support, validation, perspective and healing that is missing in many people’s lives. GPS also supports group facilitators by providing a reliable structure and road map for us to use when serving the people we care about.Andrea Guzman, Maya Health Alliance, Guatemala
Many of us have been leading postpartum groups for moms for years, but without a structure to follow, we were just winging it. GPS is a treasure box and is changing the way we are supporting moms in Arizona.Carol Sheehan RN, Tucson Postpartum Depression Task Force, Arizona