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Re: what to talk about

Posted by Dr. Bob on May 4, 2006, at 22:27:42

In reply to Re: Questions for Dr. Bob, posted by fallsfall on May 4, 2006, at 6:42:08

> Dr. Bob, you've been to these APA meetings before, how are the people usually? Are they likely to make fun of us and look down upon us?
> Dr. Bob, what would you like me to talk about? Am I going to seem weird if I talk about Babble things that are important to *me*? Do you think it would be okay to talk about those things? Is it okay to talk about bad things that have happened because of Babble? What would you like our talks to be about? Dr. Bob, you're a big part of Babble for me, is it okay if I talk about you?
> I'm worried what I talk about will be very different from what others talk about.
> Dr. Bob, what should I wear to the APA? What do people usually wear? I want to fit in.
> Deneb*

> Often when a group breaks up into smaller groups for discussion, the presenter has prepared some questions or topics to frame the discussion. It might help with decreasing anxiety for those who are participating if they had some idea of how the discussion part of the presentation will be framed. Do you have some general topics or questions for the groups to discuss? Or perhaps if you have formulated a rough idea of what you will say when you break the members into small groups, could you share it with us now?
> gg

I think they're likely to be civil. :-)

Yes, talk about what's important to you personally. As far as general topics, I thought Tamar had good ideas:

> Things we’ve learned here
> Discussions or threads that were significant to us
> What kinds of things we come to Babble for
> Things we find useful about Babble
> Things we find frustrating about Babble

Wear what you wear to Babble. :-) Seriously, whatever's comfortable.

Here's the overall structure:


The Internet empowers patients by connecting them not only to information, but also to each other. This workshop introduces participants to two specific online peer support groups, one small and private, the other large and public. The moderators of the groups explain how the groups function, including what the goals of the groups are, how the group members interact, what topics are discussed, how the moderators moderate, and what the pros and cons of the groups are. The focus of the session, however, is small group discussion with group members about their experiences with this type of resource. In this workshop, in other words, patients are empowered to teach doctors. All participants regroup for concluding questions and answers.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, the psychiatrists should be able to describe:

1. How online peer support groups function.
2. How participation in online peer support groups affects group members, for better or for worse.

Agenda (Minutes : Topic)

05 : Introduction
15 : One model: a small, private group
15 : Another: a large, public group
40 : Small group discussion with group members
15 : Questions and answers

> Or if we could see your PowerPoint slides?
> fallsfall

Sure, my introductory comments are (a large file) at:





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