Group Guidance

From 0 to 100+ years
Ambulant Care Provider

What is group guidance?

Since 2018, Apollis Care has been providing specialized group guidance for youth, adults, and seniors. Together with the clients, the following points are addressed during group guidance:

• Group Interaction: Group members share their experiences and provide tips, highlights, and advice based on their own experiences. This allows participants to learn from each other.

• Recognition & Identification: Participants are recognized by each other. There is no discrimination, judgment, intimidation, or other negative behaviors expressed within the group. Participants respect each other’s stories, religion, culture, and vulnerabilities. They recognize and learn from each other how to deal with their vulnerabilities.

• Social Skills: With the help of the participants, individuals learn social skills. Activities such as cooking, yoga, and thematic discussions take place. Through these activities, participants demonstrate helpfulness towards each other.

• Social Network: Regular attention is given to the social network of the participants. This is addressed in thematic meetings. Group members discuss how they establish connections. For some, this comes naturally. Tips, highlights, and advice are shared with each other during thematic discussions.

• Personal Control and Recovery: The group guidance focuses on each individual. Clients learn about their own illness, limitations, and vulnerabilities. The next step is learning how to cope with these challenges. Group members learn to recover from setbacks and prevent relapses by discussing them openly. They learn from each other how to take control of their own lives, share success stories, and prevent relapses.

• Shame & Comfort Zone: In group guidance, participants learn to overcome their shame about their vulnerabilities. The group fosters trust, loyalty, and respect, providing a space where everyone’s story is heard. Safety and a supportive environment are created with the guidance of the group facilitator.

• Dilemmas: In group guidance, participants discuss dilemmas to receive advice on how to navigate them from others.

• Sports & Physical Activity: The group also focuses on physical health. Yoga classes are offered within the group, and often, group walks take place.

• Psychiatry: Many clients in the group have experience with (long-term) stays in psychiatric institutions. This is addressed extensively during thematic meetings. The group facilitator is an experienced mental health professional and provides support to group members as needed. The group facilitator regularly collaborates with partners such as the social district team, Pro Persona, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

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