~ ~ ~ This is an old post, and is here for informational purposes. ~ ~ ~ Please note: there is no group chat currently scheduled.
Hello hello !
I am happy to announce that the first group chat for readers of the Discussing Dissociation blog will be held on …… at 7 PM Central Standard Time.
To participate in this group chat, you will need to sign up through www.AbuseConsultants.com using the $5 email consultation form. Click the $5 email icon on the home page of AbuseConsultants.com. That will take you to the Business Office / Services page. Click the Consultation Email link on the left, click the Order Here link, and follow the procedures for ordering a $5 email consultation.
I have been doing online therapy since 2001. The risks and benefits on online therapy consultations are explained on the AbuseConsultants.com website. The legalities of having therapeutic interaction with me are also detailed on the AbuseConsultants website. Please refer there for additional information, especially in the Business Office pages of the site.
The chat will last a minimum of one hour, and could last up to two hours, depending on how many people participate in the chat.
Here are some guidelines to follow:
Have a specific and private MSN messenger screen name ahead of time. DO NOT USE YOUR REAL NAME when signing up for this MSN screen name. Be sure to use a nickname, preferably something similar to your screen name that you post with at this blog. It is best that you do not use the MSN screen name that you use with your friends and family members. It is much better to have a brand new screen name that is not associated with anyone else in your personal life. This new and anonymous screen name will help to protect your privacy – that is very important.
Yes, by signing up through AbuseConsultants.com, I will see the name / address from your credit card. I will not see any of your banking information. No one from the group will see your personal information and it is as equally private giving that information to me as it is when you give your name and address to your own therapist.
Please remember that I am a licensed mental health professional, and I am required by law to keep your personal information confidential. I will keep your info confidential the same as I keep my other client’s information confidential.
The topic for this first group chat will be a question and answer format. I would like each participant to prepare ahead of time at least five questions to have on hand that you would like to ask me about DID therapy and DID treatment issues. Have your questions typed up and ready so that you can copy-paste your questions into the IM chat when it is your turn.
I cannot guarantee that there will be sufficient time to have all five questions answered in this group chat, but I will do my best! Having a minimum of five questions prepared ahead of time will allow for duplicate questions (in case someone else wants to know some similar as to what you want to know), and it will keep you from having to figure things out “on the spot”.
This group chat will be geared towards adult parts. Since this is the first group chat, it will be particularly important for you to stay adult for this chat. You may ask questions on behalf of your child parts, but I really suggest that you do your best to stay as old as you can. It is a matter of safety to not let your child parts out with a group of people that you do not know very well. Let’s work on practicing safety first by keeping the littles tucked in for this initial chat.
This group chat is not designed as an appropriate place for crisis material. If you are acutely suicidal or acutely struggling with self-injury, this group setting is not an appropriate place for you. Contact your personal therapist or your local 911 emergency services. This group chat is for educational purposes, for discussing dissociative disorders, and will not be used as a dumping ground for crisis work.
If someone pushes that boundary, your local 911 police will most likely be called. I will be doing group work, so I will not be able to attend to your individual crisis.
During the chat, everyone will be expected to use proper social manners, including appropriate language. Be sure to share the IM time with others, but please speak up comfortably when it is your turn. I will lead the group discussion as effectively as I can, and if things get too hectic during the chat, I will ask everyone to stop and let me help get the group re-grounded again. Please follow my lead. It’s not as easy to get people to be quiet for a bit over an IM as it is in person, so please be sure to read what I type, and please respect my leadership.
I have led a lot of group chats with the members at SurvivorForum.com, and these group chats have been very helpful and positive. However, the group chat is as beneficial as the group members will allow it to be. Your positive, active, polite participation will make all the difference.
If you decide that you want to join the group chat scheduled for ….., please sign up now. After you have submitted your $5 consultation fee, please add me to your contact list as KathyBfromAC.
I’m looking forward to chatting with you soon!
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i’m sorry i missed it. i was out of town. hope to meet at the next one.
If you added Kathy as a contact, then when she ready for the chat, she sends an invite and you are there.
Now, remember I could be wrong but it sounds like you have what you need.
Tech challenged – got an msn acct – but what do I need to download to take part in chats? Not sure I can make this one, but want to be set in case I can
Kathy Broady says
Hi Dollwise and Everyone,
Use this link: http://download.live.com/?sku=messenger to download an MSN messenger if you don’t already have it.
You don’t have to include all the additional features that MSN offers – but the Messenger feature does need to be downloaded first. It is free. And once you have your account, then add me as a contact using the email addy: KathyBfromAC at yahoo. The messenger will send me an automatic notice, and then I’ll be able to add you to my contacts in return.
Then we can chat! 🙂
Kathy Broady says
Hey Everyone —
The first Discussing Dissociation group chat is starting in just a few minutes. Be sure to sign in on MSN, add me to your contact list, and join the fun!
Kathy Broady says
For those of you that participated in the First Discussing Dissociation Group Chat last night — I appreciate your being there. It was a great chat — helpful, informative, fun, friendly — and I look forward to doing more.
If you missed last night’s chat — not to worry — I’m sure I’ll do more of them. Keep checking back for the next scheduled time. I’m thinking, at this point in time, that maybe something like the first Saturday evening of the month might be a good way to plan, at least as a potential option. That way people will have a basic guess for when they can happen, and it can be planned a little more ahead of time.
What do y’all think about something like that?
can members of SF join this chat, too?
Kathy Broady says
Yes, absolutely!!! Members of SurvivorForum are very much invited to be part of this group chat. In fact, I’ll be making an announcement in SF about this as well. You’re just a little quicker than me…. 🙂