UPDATE ON SUPPORT GROUP – GREAT NEWS
The support group will be going ahead! There seems to be enough interest to hold this group so I am currently looking at venues that will be able to accommodate us. At this stage it looks like running on a Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9pm. Please stay tuned for dates and venue.
Just one last point – due to the nature of the information – it is quite confronting at times – this group is not suitable for minors under the age of 16. If you have children you need to explain things to I am more than happy to develop some worksheets to assist you with age appropriate explanations.
Phoenix Counselling Services is currently working on a support group for survivors/family/spouses of those with Cluster B Personality Disorders, specifically Antisocial Personality Disorder (previously known as Sociopathy).
At this stage, the proposed group would run for 6 or 8 weeks for 2 hours a week on a week night, and would discuss the traits of the disorder, ways you can protect yourself both in and out of the relationship, including protecting your sanity (yes, they will push those boundaries), and group “therapy” style chats to help one another. There will also be a guest speaker who survived an abusive marriage who will discuss what she dealt with, how she left, and the things to look for.
Expressions of interest are welcome at this stage. To my knowledge, there are no other support groups of this type running in Adelaide at present, as these particular disorders are challenging and family/spouses/ex-partners etc are often left to pick up the pieces of deceit’s, and lies, whilst the other is viewed as the “victim”.
I estimate cost to be approximately $50 per head to cover hall hire, printouts, tea/coffee etc. Once I have an idea of numbers I will look into venues, however it will be Southern ie McLaren Vale/ Aldinga /Seaford etc.
If you would like to register, please email me at [email protected] or phone on 0412 044 156 to be placed on the list to keep you informed of developments of the group as they happen.