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"Why join Relationship Support Group?" "How The Group Works"
"Who Are Our Members?" "How Much Does The Group Cost?"
"When Does The Group Meet?" "Where Does The Group Meet?"
"Who Facilitates the Group Meetings?" "Joining Relationship Support Group"

Questions Concerning . . . . . "Why join Relationship Support Group?"

Q: What is the purpose of the group?

A: Relationship Support Group is a place where women and men can explore a variety of issues and questions they have about dating and relationships. For example, why is it so difficult to find the right relationship, or how do I know if I'm in a healthy relationship, or how can I achieve more intimacy in my current relationship?



Q: How will this group help me if I am already in individual therapy?

A: Individual psychotherapy can be very beneficial but is not a substitute for exploring dating and relationship concerns with others on a similar journey. We believe individual therapy and Relationship Support Group complement each other and that by working together we can learn more than any one of us could ever learn on our own.






Questions Concerning . . . . .
"How The Group Works"


Q: Do I have to socialize with other members? What if I don't want to?

A: No one is obligated to socialize if they don't want to. Many of our members have lost their old network of friends to divorce or being widowed. Some members welcome meeting and socializing with new friends from the group who enjoy discussing dating and relationship issues.



Q: Since Relationship Support Group is not a therapy group, is there still confidentiality?

A: Absolutely. Even though we encourage members to socialize outside the group, we emphasize the importance of keeping confidential everything that occurs during the group meetings.






Questions Concerning . . . . .
"Who Are Our Members?"


Q: Is the group for couples or individuals?

A: Relationship Support Group is for individuals, not couples. While we believe couples could benefit from being in a support group, we also believe that individuals can explore the many facets of their current or future relationships more comfortably knowing their partner is not in attendance.



Q: I am in a relationship and we both would like to attend. Can we come as two individuals?

A: Relationship Support Group is for individuals, not couples. While we believe couples could benefit from being in a support group, we also believe that individuals can explore the many facets of their current or future relationships more safely knowing their partner does not attend the group. Either partner is welcome to join the group.



Q: I am in a relationship. Since I am part of a couple, does that mean I cannot join Relationship Support Group?

A: No. Either partner is welcome to join the group. However, you and your partner may not both join.



Q: I am not currently in a relationship. Do I have to be in one to be in the group?

A: No. Relationship Support Group is for women and men whether or not they are currently in a relationship. We welcome individuals who may or may not be dating or in a relationship as well as those in a committed relationship, including marriage.



Q: I am engaged and want to learn how to make my marriage the best it can be. Is the group appropriate for me?

A: Yes. The issues, topics and discussions we have lend themselves to making your relationship and marriage the healthiest possible. We discuss the kinds of issues that frequently cause friction between partners and explore resolutions that bring couples closer together.



Q: I am recently divorced and don't feel ready to date. Do I have to be dating to be in the group?

A: No. Relationship Support Group is for men and women whether or not they are dating. We welcome individuals who may or may not be dating or in a relationship as well as those in a committed relationship, including marriage.



Q: How large is the group? Is there a limit on how many members can be in the group?

A: The maximum number of members in a group is around fifteen, give or take one or two.



Q: If the group is full how long will I have to wait to join?

A: Most of the time there are openings in the group. However, when the group is full generally there will be an opening in a very short time. When there is a waiting list people are called on a first come first served basis.







Questions Concerning . . . . . "How Much Does Relationship Support Group Cost?"

Each meeting costs $35. Registration must be made prior to the first meeting. Payment is made at the first meeting you attend.

Q: What if I cannot afford $35, do you have a sliding scale and charge less?

A: No. While I am sensitive to people's financial difficulties, there is no reduction in the price of each meeting.



Q: Do you accept credit cards?

A: No. The only acceptable forms of payment are by check or cash.







Questions Concerning . . . . . "When Does The Group Meet?"

Q: Does the group meet any other night?

A: Tuesday is the only night the group meets and there are no plans to either change days or offer additional days.



Q: Does the starting time of the group ever change?

A: The starting time for the group is 6:45 pm and there are no plans to change it.







Questions Concerning . . . . . "Where Does The Group Meet?"

Q: Why meet in homes? Why not in an office like other groups?

A: The coziness and intimacy of a living room where members can bring food to share, kick off their shoes and curl up on couches lends itself to the kind of comfort and support most members prefer.



Q: Do I have to offer my home? What if I don't want to?

A: No one is obligated to offer their home. Only those who want to open up their living rooms to the group do so. Some members are not able to offer their home because they may have children around the house, or simply are not able to accommodate the group. Some members may not yet feel comfortable hosting the group. Whatever the reason, you never have to host the group if you do not want to.



Q: How is it decided where the meetings are held?

A: During the course of each meeting Rob asks the group who would like to offer his or her home for the next meeting. After one or more people volunteer their homes the group votes on which home to meet at and the majority rules.







Questions Concerning . . . . . "Who Facilitates the
Group Meetings?"


Q: Does anyone other than Rob Kaufman lead the group?

A: No, only Rob Kaufman.



Q: What happens if Rob is ill or goes on vacation?

A: In theory, the group meeting is canceled when Rob is not available. In reality, if Rob is ill one night or he is on vacation for a couple of weeks, the group may decide to meet on its own without Rob - maybe for a pool party, a BBQ or over dinner. Whatever the group decides, the meetings without Rob never count toward your four-week series.



Q: How much does Rob Kaufman know about dating and relationships?

A: Rob Kaufman, MSW is a Board Certified Psychotherapist - Licensed Clinical Social Worker - with over 25 years experience counseling groups, individuals, couples, and families struggling with divorce, dating, relationships, remarriage and step-families. He is married with a son from a previous marriage, two step-daughters, and grandchildren.



Q: What are Rob Kaufman's Educational Credentials to facilitate a relationship support group?


Education

MSW (Master of Social Welfare) University of California, Los Angeles 1986
LLM (Master of Laws) Georgetown University Law Center 1979
JD (Juris Doctor) California Western School of Law 1978
BA (Bachelor of Arts) University of Southern California 1973


Internships

UCLA NeuroPsychiatric Institute & Hospital (1985-1986)
          Mental Retardation, Child Psychiatry

Pasadena Child Guidance Clinic (1984-1985)
          Currently Pacific Clinics


Professional Experience

Divorce Dialogue - A Divorce Support Group
     Founder, CEO & Facilitator
     Since 1981

Private Practice
     Since 1986

Aviva Family & Children's Services
     Clinical Director

Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services
     Social Worker

Instructor
     University of Judaism (Wagner Program) - Parenting After Divorce
     Everywoman's Village - Assertive Divorce
     Learning Tree University - Couples Communication / Assertive Divorce
     Santa Monica Community College (Extension) - Divorce Support Group
     California State University, Los Angeles (Extension) - Assertive Divorce / Divorce Support Group




Professional Certifications

Board Certified Diplomate
          American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work

Academy of Certified Social Workers
          National Association of Social Workers

Qualified Clinical Social Worker
          National Association of Social Workers

Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
          National Association of Social Workers



Professional Memberships

American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work

California Society for Clinical Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers




Q: What is Rob Kaufman's Professional Experience?

Divorce Dialogue - A Divorce Support Group
     Founder, CEO & Facilitator
     Since 1981

Private Practice
     Since 1986

Aviva Family & Children's Services
     Clinical Director

Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services
     Social Worker

Instructor
     University of Judaism (Wagner Program) - Parenting After Divorce
     Everywoman's Village - Assertive Divorce
     Learning Tree University - Couples Communication / Assertive Divorce
     Santa Monica Community College (Extension) - Divorce Support Group
     California State University, Los Angeles (Extension) - Assertive Divorce / Divorce Support Group







Questions Concerning . . . . . "Joining Relationship
Support Group"


Q: How do I sign up for Relationship Support Group?

A: To register for Relationship Support Group call Rob Kaufman at (818) 788-9567.



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