Practice Guidelines for Intention Circle Facilitators
Creating space and facilitating any kind of group experience requires a commitment to personal and professional integrity, a continued commitment to personal growth, holding a mindset of unconditional positive regard for participants and yourself and adequate support for you, the facilitator.
These practice guidelines are intended to be an ethical standard that each facilitator commits to adhere to in the course of creating and facilitating Feminine Intention Circles.
This is far more than simply gathering a group of friends for a ladies night out or a glass of wine. These groups get real, deep, soul wrenching and liberating. Based on the well established model of peer support and facilitation in the recovery community, Intention Circle Facilitators come to the circle with the belief that healing is possible for everyone with effective support.
Intention Circle Facilitators create a close-knit supportive, in-person, local experience. Leaders and participants come into their full power and presence, operate from conscious competence and make the unconscious conscious.
Intention Circle Facilitators are hopeful
Intention Circle Facilitators are open minded
Intention Circle Facilitators are empathetic
Intention Circle Facilitators are respectful
Intention Circle Facilitators facilitate change
Intention Circle Facilitators are honest and direct
Intention Circle Facilitators are mutual and reciprocal
Intention Circle Facilitators equally shared power
Intention Circle Facilitators are strengths-focused
Intention Circle Facilitator are transparent
Intention Circle Facilitators get regular and honest support for their own personal growth
Ethical Guidelines for Feminine Intention Circle Facilitators
Role-model personal empowerment
Respect the rights and dignity of those they serve
Respect the privacy and confidentiality of those they serve
Openly share their personal recovery stories with colleagues and those they serve
Maintain high standards of personal conduct
Never intimidate, threaten, or harass those they serve
Never use undue influence, physical force, or verbal abuse with those they serve
Never make unwarranted promises of benefits to those they serve
Do not practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate with any form of discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, or mental or physical disability
Never engage in sexual/intimate activities with colleagues or those they serve
Work to equalize the power differentials that may occur in the peer support/client relationship
Remain aware of their skills and limitations, and do not provide services or represent themselves as expert in areas for which they do not have sufficient knowledge or expertise
Do not hold a clinical role and do not offer primary treatment for mental health issues, prescribe medicine, act as a legal representative or provide legal advice, participate in the determination of competence, or provide counseling, therapy, social work, drug testing, or diagnosis of symptoms and disorders