The following rules and guidelines were created with everyone's safety and best interests in mind. In order to ensure that facilitators are able to manage the peer support groups efficiently and effectively within the allocated times, and out of respect and consideration for others in the group, these rules and guidelines will be adhered to before, during, and after each scheduled support group session:
In order for us to track attendance numbers and accommodate growth and demand for these groups, you will need to register in order to attend. Any information you voluntarily provide is completely safe and confidential. We are neither legally nor contractually required or otherwise obligated to disclose any personal information for any group attendees. Your safety and anonymity are and will always be paramount to us. Thus, your information will be treated with the highest degree of confidentiality.
If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian MUST provide written consent for you to attend these support groups PRIOR to your registration. A parent or legal guardian MUST be present for your first support group session. Although this is not a requirement for subsequent sessions, in the event that you plan to attend a session solo, written notice must be provided by a parent or legal guardian prior to each session stating: (1.) that they will not be in attendance; and (2.) that they consent to you attending without them.
Any information shared in these or any other support group settings is to be considered personal and confidential and will remain within the group. Do NOT discuss anything shared in these group sessions with anyone else, including in any other groups.
In these groups, people will be sharing personal details about themselves and their journeys. Our focus needs to be on each other, not on distractions that disrupt the groups. When you are late to a group, it disrupts the structure and flow of the session and distracts others from what is going on in the room. Please be courteous and thoughtful of other attendees by being on-time or even 2-3 minutes early. If you attempt to access the group after it has started, it will be at the facilitator's discretion as to whether or not you will be allowed to enter.
Eating on camera while in a group setting is not only a distraction, it is also rude. Having a beverage nearby is fine. However, we ask that you please finish all food prior to joining the group.
Please make an effort to be an active participant in the group. If you find yourself not participating, feel free to step up and share. However, please remain mindful of others in the group and step down to allow others to share, as well.
And remember, you can pass if you have nothing to add to the current conversation.
If you are going to speak of something that may be considered a "trigger," please lead with a content warning regarding the nature of the topic. This will allow others who do not want to hear or engage in that particular discussion to turn off their audio. Facilitators will share in chats when the subject has concluded and it is safe for everyone to rejoin the group.
TRANSETCETERA IS NOW "THE CARLISLE INITIATIVE!"
1. We are currently in the process of rebranding our organization's web site and socials. In the interim, you may still see references to TransEtcetera, including email addresses and other contact options until the rebranding is complete.
2. The Carlisle Initiative is moving away from the widely-known LGBTQIA+ acronym in favor of the shorter and more inclusive GSE acronym, which stands for Gender & Sexually Expansive. Now, when you see this in our spaces, you will know what it means.