Rules for Singer Support Groups
We’ve been through a traumatic experience. It is not the same as a physical trauma, or an abuse situation (although it does share a few of the hallmarks), but it is a trauma nonetheless. Many of us have lost income, we’ve all lost physical access to our friends and colleagues, and the future is largely unknown and unknowable.
Because we share this common experience, we can learn from each other. This is a safe space to share, how you’ve been dealing with the challenge in front of us, how you’ve struggled, how you’ve succeeded, how you’ve failed, and what you’ve learned.
Anonymity/Confidentiality - Confidentiality is particularly important in the context of a support group. It is important that people feel free to speak openly without fear of what they share in here getting to the outside world or of any repercussions. It should be noted that this is an expectation and does not carry any legal weight. The room does not have the power to prevent outside sharing, but it is a core principle that should be respected.
This is a safe space and that’s also why I’ve recommended that the chat function not be used. We won’t be commenting back and forth on each other’s shares, but rather focusing on our own experiences. (This is a concept borrowed from other support groups like twelve-step fellowships.) If you have comments or advice, I would encourage you to reach out to each other after the meeting.
The meeting is NOT being recorded and there is no note-taker.
There will be no time limit but do be mindful of the number of people in the group and the folks who haven’t yet had a chance to share.
There is no limit on the number of times one can share.
It is absolutely not required to share, and many people prefer to simply listen.