OCDC Support Groups.
Our peer support groups help individuals and their families to achieve and maintain OCD recovery. Meeting with and listening to others who have similar OCD experiences allows for open discussions of feelings, a view of different perspectives and a sharing of coping suggestions. Individuals can attend on a regular basis and new people are welcome each month. These hour and a half / two hour monthly meetings offer an opportunity to listen and to talk in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.
All support groups are held at 930 Portage Avenue (the home of CMHA and OCDC). For more information on an OCDC Support Group call or visit us. Individuals who are interested in attending a support group are encouraged to drop-in on a Tuesday evening at 930 Portage Avenue. There is a doorbell to the right of the front door and when you ring the bell, an OCDC staff member will meet you at the door and welcome you.
Adult OCD Support Group
An opportunity to talk with others who have OCD, to share feelings and learn from the perspectives and experiences of others. Participants are invited to discuss their triumphs or challenges over the past month where peers listen and lend support to one another. This group meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 6:30 PM – 8 PM.
Building Block Groups (ERP)
A support group for adults with OCD with an added emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Participants have the opportunity to challenge their obsessions and compulsions in a peer support setting using basic components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.
OCDc hoarding disorder support group
A support group for adults with compulsive hoarding issues. The facilitator encourages members to work towards their goals by utilizing cognitive behavioural therapy techniques. This group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
GOAL GROUP – gIVING OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVES ANOTHER LIFESTYLE (POST cBT)
The GOAL Group was established to bring together those who have experienced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) led by a qualified therapist. GOAL has an emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). The group offers members support and encouragement to address specific goals that aid in the continued effort to control and reduce OCD symptoms. Discussions of relevant topics help with understanding and management of OCD symptoms. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30 PM – 8 PM.
Code of conduct for support groups
OCD is a neuro-biological disorder for which support towards understanding and recovery is available. The Goals of the OCDC Support Groups are:
- To promote nurturing and support
- To promote self-disclosure
- To promote the art of listening
- To promote a non-judgmental atmosphere
Everyone who attends the group should provide and receive support from the other members. Members should be sensitive to other people’s feelings, practice good listening skills, and give caring support and encouragement. Everyone should feel assured that the Support Group will always:
- Maintain confidentiality (don’t mention names and members’ stories outside the group)
- Promote respect for others
- Be a relaxed open environment
- Provide support (encourage understanding and sharing of experiences)
- Provide a positive atmosphere and reduce stress by not being judgmental
- Eliminate negative outcomes from occurring by tending to situations immediately in
- an assertive and productive manner
- Provide a safe place that is non-threatening
- Provide a non-confrontational, non-argumentative atmosphere
- Encourage members to be good listeners, allow others time to talk, see a situation from another person’s point of view
- Be a place to tell only our own stories and not give “professional” advice