The Lupus Foundation of America provides support groups for two reasons:
-To assist and support group members in developing skills in coping and living with a chronic illness
-To foster open discussion of how lupus affects our lives and assist members in developing self-management skills.
A support group is not designed to provide professional psychotherapy or counseling. Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) Support Group facilitators have a desire to help others. All facilitators have received special LFA training by a professional in how to provide support in a nonthreatening environment. Some are trained professionals. Although this is not a therapy group, out of respect for participants, confidentiality is a must. All information and dialogue is confidential and shall not be discussed or revealed outside the group.
The opinions and statements expressed by the group members or its facilitator do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the Lupus Foundation of America or its affiliated Chapters.
LFA, the Chapter, the support group facilitator, nor support group members shall share support group member information with outside organizations, companies, the media, or individuals. Member contact information will only be used to notify an individual of any changes to future support group meeting times and location and to ensure members receive LFA’s monthly e-newsletter and occasional announcements.