In its 16th year!
The group has always been free. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month.
The main rule is that what is said in the room, stays in the room. Confidentiality is of utmost importance, and everyone must feel 100% comfortable that what is said is never repeated at any time. Anything you might say in group, privately, one-on-one, or by email to the facilitator Rick Silver, will never be repeated to anyone else.
If you happen to see someone from the group outside of the group environment, you should not approach them since they may be with someone they do not want to explain where they know you. Of course, it is fine to arrange calls or meetings with others in the group – outside of the group.
The group is a safe place. You can talk when you want – or sit and listen. There is no pressure of any kind. During the group, everyone will have a chance to talk. We will all try to let anyone talking have their say without interrupting. You may ask them a question, but let them have their moment to talk.
Rules of the Group:
No expectation of attendance
Confidentiality inside and outside the group
Speak as much or as little as you want
Celebrate successes and progress
Support each other
Value each other's journey
Everyone gets an opportunity to share
Only people with OCD attend
You can bring someone with you as support, but they will be in another room outside of the group meeting space
No doctors attend unless as a guest speaker
Respect is mutual and assumed
Sharing what works for you is fine - but nobody plays 'doctor'
No illegal drugs
What can you expect?
Meet once per month - second Wed of each month at 6:30pm, board room #5 at 12o Carlton St
Runs from 6:30pm to 8:30pm but can go longer
Usually a range of attendees from three to 23
Role of the facilitator:
Allow everyone the opportunity to share
Ensure support and personal experiences are shared
The facilitator is not a physician and does not discuss medications
If there is a specific medication question, it will be followed-up on outside of the group, with the facilitator consulting a physician specializing in OCD medications
We recognize the importance of having an array of modalities and treatments readily available to people with OCD. In 2017, we will begin offering private office space to professionals who specialize in providing treatments and services to people suffering from OCD. This will take place at our office at Carlton and Jarvis - the same building as the Downtown OCD Support Group.
Stay tuned for the roll-out!
The future roll-outs: