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

1:30pm Introductions
1:35pm What Patients tell us they Want in Support Groups - What Patients Want versus What They Need
Ninoska Peterson, PhD
1:50pm Literature Review and Research Directions
Nina M Crowley, PhD RDN LD
2:05pm Conducting Professional versus Peer-led Groups
2:20pm Strategies for Increasing Attendance
Francine Broder, PsyD
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
Neil Floch, MD
3:05pm Running Online Support Groups
Martin Binks, PhD
3:20pm Break
Involving the Multidisciplinary Team Members in Groups
Participants: Paul Davidson, PhD; Alan Wittgrove, MD FASMBS; Karen Flanders, MSN ARNP CBN; Lauren Carey, RD
3:50pm Panel - Involving the Multidisciplinary Team Members in Groups
4:20pm Lessons Learned in Running Groups: What to Do and What Not to Do
Vicky Blackard, RN BBA CBN
4:35pm Interactive Mock Groups
5:15pm Panel Discussion
5:30pm Adjourn