T-FEM Group Guidelines
Group has to be a safe place for members to come and work on their issues. Certain rules have to be put into place to help establish the space effectively. (you may be asked not to return to group for a violation of group guidelines):
This group is for AMAB (Assigned Male at Birth) trans-feminine people only. Age 18+. Please do not bring a guest, spouse, partner, friend, family member, etc., unless they also identify as AMAB trans-feminine. If you have any questions please contact us via email prior to your first visit.
Everything said and heard in the group will be treated with respect for the participants’ privacy. What is said in the group stays in the group. Confidentiality does not apply for individuals who are at risk of harming themselves or someone else.
Meetings will start promptly at 7:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm. If you arrive after the meeting begins please respects the conversation taking place and the group will make an effort to acknowledge you as soon as possible.
Members should give respect to the gender that any person acknowledges they are and that we should
respect who they share they are, whether this person is inside or outside the group.
Please silence all mobile devices.
We do not attend any group meeting under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
We do not discuss group members in who are not present.
We give supportive attention to the person who is speaking and avoid side conversations.
We avoid interrupting. If we do break in, we return the conversation to the person who was speaking.
We employ an "OUCH / OOPS" procedure to keep things positive. If a member feels uncomfortable about words being said they simply say "OUCH" and the person currently talking immediately says "OOPS" The topic and conversation are dropped without hesitation or further discussion.
We agree to make space for other members participation and refrain from dominating the conversation.
We are not verbally threatening or assaultive toward any member. (Revealing anger appropriately is encouraged)
We respect the rights of others to express their opinions. Tolerance is acceptance. We must be accepting of our differences in order to grow and learn.
We will make every effort to resolve conflict arising from or during the group interaction.