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Tips for the Helping Professional: Exploring your role in the world of self-help PDF
Gives 10 useful tips for helping professionals in dealing with support groups.
Peer and Professional Roles in Peer Support
From PeerNetBC. Great detailed tips on how peers work with professionals and how professionals work with peers in the context of support groups.
A review of research on the effectiveness of self-help mutual aid groups
By Elaina M. Kyrouz, Ph.D. and Keith Humphreys, Ph.D. Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine,
Palo Alto, California. Very comprehensive list by category (mental health, addiction-related recovery bereavement, cancer, and chronic illnesses, caregivers, diabetes, elderly,and weight loss) with brief summaries.
We focus here primarily on studies that compared self-help participants to non-participants, and/or gathered information on multiple occasions over time (that is, "longitudinal" studies)