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.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe effective strategies in creating and maintaining support groups.
  2. Identify patient interests and describe how these interests may or may not be feasible to incorporate into the program.
  3. Explain the state of current evidence for support group attendance to patients considering or who have had bariatric surgery.
  4. Understand how to get started with social media, Twitter, and Blogging

8:00am Introductions
Paul Davidson, PhD
8:05am What Patients Want in Support Groups
Vicky Blackard, RN BBA CBN
8:20am Getting Patients to Understand the Importance of Support Groups
Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA RDN LDN CLT
8:35am "You're not alone" - Using Groups to Address Relationship Issues
Francine Broder, PsyD; Nina Boulard, PhD
8:50am Engaging Younger Members in Support Groups
Lauren Carey, RDN
9:05am Running Online Support Groups
Lynn Bolduc, MS RD CDE; Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA RDN LDN CLT
9:30am Break
10:00am Taking the Lead as a Program Coordinator or Nurse
Vicky Blackard, RN BBA CBN; Karen Flanders, MSN ARNP CBN
10:20am Tackling Nutrition in Support Groups, What to Eat and How to Cook
Laura Andromalos, MS RD CDE; Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA RDN LDN CLT
10:40am Mock Groups, Integrating Learning and Putting into Practice
11:40am Panel Discussion
11:55am Wrap Up
Francine Broder, PsyD