IDEAS FOR SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT MEETINGS
Here are some ideas that we have taken from various SIA groups in the country whom I have had contact with:
TAKE SIA INFO TO LOCATIONS WHERE SURVIVORS MAY BE:
•· Go to psych hospitals, psychologist offices, counseling centers, 12-Step recovery clubs or centers, or churches to see if they will put the SIA flyers up that have tabs that people can rip off with the website and phone info (there is a link to one in this dropdown menu. Or, they may be agreeable to putting the blue “20 Questions of SIA” pamphlet out with their other literature. In MD, one of our members asked their church if they could display the flyers. The minister actually had the idea to put them on the inside of the bathroom stalls so people could take them without anyone seeing them, which has worked out well.
•· Provide the blue “20 Questions” pamphlets to your therapist to give to people who may be good candidates for SIA. Many therapists have been working in the Trauma/DID field for years and have never heard of SIA. Therapy offices sometimes have bulletin boards where you can post the SIA flyer with the tabs.
•· If you belong to another 12-step program, you can mention SIA to people after the meeting who you think may be open to hearing about it. As with other 12-step programs, it is attraction and not promotion. It’s not for everyone, but you can share a little about your SIA issues in other 12-step programs, which may prompt people to approach you after meetings who may qualify for SIA.
•· If there is one nearby, try set up your meeting to meet at a 12-step recovery center. Groups that meet at recovery centers we get a lot of traffic from other 12-step programs who know the group is there.
SUBMIT AN EMAIL INQUIRY TO THE RESPONDER FOR YOUR STATE:
•· From the SIA website, submit an email request to the responder who handles your state, and ask them if they have had anyone in the past few months who was looking for a meeting in your area. There may not have been one at that time, so it would be good if the responder can send out an email letting the person know that a meeting has opened in their area.
PUT YOUR GROUP LISTING IN YOUR LOCAL PAPER:
Many local papers have a community section where support groups are listed. I have spoken with an SIA group member whose group has done this with some success. She suggests the following format:
Survivors of Incest Anonymous meeting for survivors of childhood sexual abuse:
Meets every Wed night in Anytown. For more info, call/email John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is up to you if you want to give the meeting location in your listing, or if you want people to contact you for the location.
The BEST WAY to SPREAD the WORD about your MEETING is…
LIST IT ON THE SIA WEBSITE:
•· By far, groups indicate that the way they have received the most members is via their group listing on the website. When you register your meeting, you are prompted to answer questions about what info you want to be seen online. We will make sure that the info you do want to be seen is listed, and anything you don't want to be seen is not listed. At the very least, it is important to list your city and state, so someone visiting the website will know that a meeting exists in your town, and then they would email in to the office to get the details.