Overview and Target Audience

This symposium will introduce themes common in running existing groups and to foster enhanced skills in handling group issues. The symposium will offer both teaching and an opportunity for attendees to discuss specific group problems they are facing during a question and answer period. Individuals from any multidisciplinary specialty currently involved in running bariatric support groups would be appropriate for this session.

1:30pm Introductions
1:35pm What Patients tell us they Want in Support Groups - What Patients Want versus What They Need
1:50pm Literature Review and Research Directions
2:05pm Conducting Professional versus Peer-led Groups
2:20pm Strategies for Increasing Attendance
2:35pm An Introduction to Using Social Media Twitter and Blogging - How to begin to use social media - How to integrate it into your career
3:05pm Running Online Support Groups
3:20pm Break
3:50pm Involving the Multidisciplinary Team Members in Groups
4:20pm Lessons Learned in Running Groups: What to Do and What Not to Do
4:35pm Interactive Mock Groups
5:15pm Panel Discussion
5:30pm Adjourn