Divorce group activities are a great way to start rebuilding your life after a difficult or painful divorce. During the course of a divorce, you might feel lonely and disconnected from friends and family members who are still married and don't quite understand how you are feeling. Joining a support group with others going through the same process makes you feel connected, and understood.
Finding a "Divorce Support Group" or even divorce group activities in your area can be a tough task. While you would think there would be plenty of group around, they can actually be sparse and hard to find. I learned this the hard way when friends of mine and family members were going through a divorce and asking for my help to find them resources in the area. Finding them a divorce support group was next to impossible and this is what I do(as a social worker) for a living!
So, after a lot of searching, some of it fruitful, some of it not, I found the best resources I could for them. While I cannot give information for specific geographical areas, I did find some general resources to begin them and you, on your quest.
First I would check with your local church or religious affiliation and see if they run any divorce group activities or know if another church in your area does. If you do not find anything that way, try a community mental health center in your area. They may have some resources to offer or may be able to refer you somewhere. If these two options do not work here is a list of more general resources for you to try. And please note, this resource information can change quickly and information may become out of date.
Specifically geared for divorce:
5020 W. School Street
Chicago, IL 60641
Support and assistance for members, information network
Divorced Parents X-Change
P.O.Box 1127 Athens, OH 45701-1127
Provides information, children's services, speakers, and other resources
Family related issues, may have resources for divorce issues:
Family Resource Coalition of America
200 S. Michigan Avenue, Ste. 1600
Chicago, IL 60604
Network of nationwide family support organizations.
Family Research Council
801 G. Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Meetup groups are also a great way to get support while meeting others going through the same divorce challenges as you. Check out www.meetup.com to see what divorce support groups are available in your area.
Divorce Groups in Detroit
Their mission is to empower and educate women contemplating and going through the divorce process. One of my clients went to a half day seminar that this organization runs. This is for those of you in the very initial stage of divorce looking to gather information to make decisions regarding finances, divorce laws, and emotional challenges faced at the time of divorce. My client found their seminars extremely beneficial.
Divorce Groups and Resources for Men
American Divorce Association of Men(ADAM)
1519 S. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Dads Against Discrimination
P.O Box 8525
Portland, OR 97297
Information, referrals, and services for divorced fathers
Parents Without Partners
401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite. 220
Chicago, IL 60611-4267
Support groups for single parents, with local chapters.
Divorce Groups and resources by states
Divorce Group Activities in Illinois:
Several divorce support groups for adults and children are being held in Chicago to help you feel connected, understood, and heal from the emotionally devastating effects of divorce. For more information go to:
Contact Name: Kris Grawitch Fulkerson
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site URL: www.coping4kids.com
I have groups for adults and children following a divorce, as well as a group for single parents. The adult group meets on weekly on Tuesday evenings, while the kids group meets every other Saturday during the day. Groups are on-going and most insurance is accepted.
City: Oak Brook
Business Phone: 708-323-6040
My weekly Divorce Survival Group is an open, ongoing support group for people dealing with issues surrounding divorce. Group offers legal and emotional support during this tumultuous time by providing an opportunity for individuals in similar circumstances to discuss and share interrelated experiences while supporting each other with the challenges that come with divorce. Persons at any stage of separation or divorce are welcome. Each week will have a specific topic as well as an open discussion period. Scheduled according to the schedules of those who are interested – this can be daytime or evening time. Led by a caring licensed forensic psychotherapist: Karyn Mehringer, MA., LCPC
Divorce Group Activities in Pennsylvania:
Contact Name: Dr. Deborah Gilman
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Web Site URL: www.drdebgilman.com
One therapeutic method for facilitating "growth" in divorce is a group experience entitled "Divorce Adjustment Group." The goals of this group are to: (1) help individuals regain emotional autonomy; (2) mitigate the debilitating aspects of divorce; (3) have a place to safely discharge some of the emotionality of divorce; (4) develop a broader concept of divorce; (5) meet new friends in a meaningful way; and (6) learn coping mechanisms that transfer into dealing with other losses
Divorce Group Activities in Texas:
St. Andrew UMC is once again offering a Divorce Support Group that is dedicated to help men and woman deal with the issues surrounding this complex life changing experience. You do not have to walk though this trying time alone. There are people who share the same thoughts and feelings and would like a forum to help them face the challenges surrounding divorce and help move towards rebuilding. This group will meet weekly for 5 weeks and will cover topics from the emotional aspects of separation/divorce to how to begin the process of moving forward. For more information go to www.patti-scott.com