about the groups

Developed by Jennifer Gordon, an American ex-pat from California living in Dublin for many years, adapt ireland provides a professionally-led support group program (6-10 people) to address issues that arise when first living in Ireland, and to provide practical guidance and advice. Each of the group program sessions (6 total) lasts about 90 minutes and includes:

  • Introduction – leader and group participants, where members moved from, how long they have lived here and expect to remain in Ireland
  • Boundaries – confidentiality, non-judgmental listening, the opportunity for equal participation (although this is not required as members are encouraged to participate if/as needed), the use of ‘I’ statements
  • What brings you to the group? – expectations, what members hope to gain from the sessions
  • Closure – any additional comments and needs of members to integrate topics into future sessions
  • Feedback – anonymous feedback forms are available at the end of the session

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