S.A.F.E. Focus®

Would you like to start a self help group for Self Injury?

S.A.F.E. Focus® Group Facilitator:

Anyone who organizes a group automatically becomes the facilitator.  It is helpful if the facilitator has group or leadership experience and may be in recovery from self injury.  The Leader Manual contains a detailed explanation for all groups, exercises and assignments.  The facilitator’s first task is to recruit a minimum of four members for the group using the assessment in the manual as a guide.  From that number, the facilitator can find a volunteer to appoint to the position of treasurer.  Additionally, it is the facilitator’s responsibility to call the meeting to order, read any announcements, guide the direction of the group, oversee the “wrap up” process and make S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® material available to group members.

Purchasing the Leader Manual entitles the bearer to list their group on our website for one year.  You may renew your listing each year for a nominal fee.

S.A.F.E. Focus® Group *Members:

Self-injurious behavior may have been your favored way to quickly, yet temporarily, block unmanageable feelings.  Self-injury will not eliminate the underlying troubling issues. Self-injury will, however, leave scars and loss of trust.  S.A.F.E. Focus® will not replace the “quick fix” or rush often experienced when engaging in self-injury, but will provide lifelong coping tools for achieving a happier and healthier life.  Members will be responsible for signing and following the group guidelines, participating fully in group and completing group assignments and exercises.  Members may eventually act as sponsors for new members.  Participant manuals will serve as a workbook throughout the 12 weeks of group, they include exercises, assignments, logs and other useful tools.

* Prospective members will be interviewed by the group facilitator to determine appropriateness for the group.  (Clients who are acutely suicidal, homicidal, or have a primary chemical dependency or eating disorder, would not be appropriate for S.A.F.E. Focus®)