“My clients benefit tremendously building from a sense of shared experience and accountability that support groups provide. An additional bonus is the course of the support group which can significantly enhance clients’ overall growth.”
Kelly Walker, LCMFT
Therapist at Walker Counseling Services, LLC
Help yourself to these resources to run an existing support group or create a new support group. If you have additional questions, email Angela at SupportGroups @ wichita.edu or call 1-800-445-0116 [toll-free in Kansas] or 316-978-5496. To get more information about the Wichita State's Center for Community Support and Research (CCSR), you can subscribe to our newsletter here. Type 'add to newsletter' in the subject.
Our comprehensive database contains local and national support group resources from across Kansas in 48 topics. Website: http://SupportGroupsInKansas.org
The University of Kansas host a Community Tool Box which has resources to help people build healthier communities, including a section directed at helping Peer Support Groups.
Information to help new support groups get started
The story of CCSR began in 1984 when social worker Evelyn MIddelstadt saw the difficulties of parents with special needs children. She started connecting these parents together by forming a self-help support group where they could provide mutual comfort and understanding. Read more about the history of CCSR.
The center has been partnering with communities and organizations to strengthen Kansan through education, leadership development, facilitation and reserach for more than 30 years. To learn more about the services at the Center for Community Support and Research, visit the homepage.
The database of support groups is maintained by the Wichita State University Center for Community Support and Research and is supported by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.
Support groups are available in most counties in Kansas. Gov. Brownback proclaims January 2013 as Support Group Awareness Month. Here is the full release.