GUIDELINES

SHE RECOVERS® Together Online Zoom Gatherings are informed by the SHE RECOVERS Intentions & Guiding Principles. They are hour-long, topic-focused, trauma-informed, and voluntarily facilitated by Professional SHE RECOVERS Coaches who meet you right where you are. A free authenticated zoom account is required to attend.

These gatherings are facilitated by trained volunteers. They do not constitute a therapeutic or coaching relationship and are not a replacement for trauma therapy, addiction treatment, psychiatric, or medical care. By participating in these gatherings, you agree to adhere to our agreements and co-create a welcoming and supportive environment built on mutual respect for all participants, volunteers, and facilitators.

We welcome women (including trans women) and non-binary individuals who identify with women’s communities – who are in or seeking recovery – into this space. We also welcome all races, sexual orientations, and all those differences of life situation, background, and ability.

About the Foundation

The SHE RECOVERS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity. We connect, support and empower women through our virtual platforms and in-person community networks. If you are finding these gatherings supportive of your recovery, please consider making a donation.

We are all recovering from something.

We may be in recovery from one or more of the following:

  • Substance use disorders (including alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder)
  • Trauma (including intergenerational trauma, racial trauma, religious trauma, and gender-based violence & trauma)
  • Codependency
  • Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues
  • Eating disorders and other food related issues
  • Grief and loss (including divorce or job loss)
  • Burnout or moral injury
  • Workaholism
  • Love or sex addiction
  • Shopping addiction
  • Sexual, emotional or physical abuse
  • Cancer or other illness
  • Any other life issue from which we hope to heal

Gathering Agreements

In an effort to co-create a welcoming and supportive environment we ask all gathering participants to adhere to the following:

Respect each other’s privacy by:

  • Finding a private space to join in from
  • Not discussing other women’s presence outside of the gathering
  • Refraining from taking any pictures or screenshots

When sharing, please identify yourself by:

  • Stating your first name or preferred nickname
  • Share your pronouns ( she/her or they/them – if you wish)
  • Tell us where you are in the world
  • If you’d like, tell us what you are in recovery from, i.e Hi, my name is Vasalisa and I am from Saturna Island, BC. My pronouns are she/her and I am recovering from codependency, workaholism, and trauma.
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AVOID SHARING EXPLICIT DETAILS

When speaking about triggering topics such as sexual or physical abuse, violence, suicide, death, self-injurious behavior, and/or alcohol and drug use. We also ask that speakers refrain from promoting weight loss, cleansing, fasting, and/or the use of addictive substances to cope with life stressors.

Tend to your energy

We encourage you to exercise your personal agency by sharing, watching, and listening to only that which you are comfortable with. If you need to mute a share or leave, we understand and ask that you reach out for additional support from a member of your personal recovery support team. If you are experiencing something you feel requires action from the Foundation please report it to the co-host, guardian or coach facilitator via private message.

Limit your share to 3 minutes

This allows us to hear from as many people as possible within the hour. It also helps to create a supportive container for sharing. The facilitator will use a timer to gently indicate when your time is up. When you hear this timer, please finish your thoughts, and wrap up. Know that we hear you, we honor your share and your part in making space for the next participant.
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CONSIDER YOUR CHAT ETIQUETTE

Be respectful of language. Think about the courage and vulnerability it may take some to speak and set an intention to be present with them. Also, consider the impact your comments may have on those new to our space. If your chat remarks are not recovery-focused or are taking you or others out of the present moment, please consider connecting outside of the gathering instead. You are also welcome to close the chat if you find it distracting.

 

Take space / make space

We invite those who feel no edges when it comes to sharing in a group to take a sacred pause before raising your hand in an effort to make space for those who may struggle to do so.

Turn off your video

If you are eating, preparing food, or smoking/vaping

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Refrain from sharing if

  • you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other substances causing impairment
  • Are driving or operating a vehicle

Sharing

You are not required to share, and you will not be called upon to share. Being present, listening, and holding space is just as important as sharing.

If you would like to share, please raise your hand electronically. To do that you can:

1. Click on the ‘participants’ button on your device
2. Click on the blue hand to ‘raise hand’

3. ‘Raise hand’ is found in the ‘Reactions’ button at the bottom right screen. If you encounter technical issues you may use the chat to communicate with the co-host to troubleshoot.

4. The SHE RECOVERS Coach will call upon you when it is your turn to share.
5. You will be unmuted and remuted by the co-host

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

We understand it might take a few meetings (or more) before you feel comfortable enough to share in a SHE RECOVERS Together Gathering. We welcome you to introduce yourself in the chat so we can welcome you. If you have any questions about this Gathering, or SHE RECOVERS more broadly, please don’t hesitate to post them in the chat during the gathering. A Guardian or Co-host will do their best to respond.

CULTIVATING A WELCOMING & SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT

SHE RECOVERS Together Online Gatherings are facilitated by volunteer SHE RECOVERS Coaches and supported by volunteer co-hosts and guardians from the SHE RECOVERS Community.

The Co-hosts and Guardians are here to:

1. Monitor the waiting room and permit participants to enter
2. Mute and unmute participants
3. Lower hands after share is complete

4. Monitor and respond to the chat
5. Scan the room for unwelcomed participants and remove them if necessary

6. Welcome new women to the gathering through the chat
7. Offer zoom technical support

The SHE RECOVERS Coaches are here to:

1. Introduce themselves, their coaching practice, and/or an offering they may have created to provide holistic support for recovering women

 

2. Present the topic of the gathering and model strengths based sharing
3. Call on participants with their hands raised to share

4. Hold a trauma-informed and supportive space for participants to speak. They may offer a comment or share reflections when the participant’s share is complete.

About the Zoom Platform

View modes

  • There are two view modes in Zoom – Speaker and Gallery View
  • The “View mode” button is in the top right of the window
  • Speaker View only shows you who is actively speaking
  • Gallery View shows a display where all users are visible at once. You can still see who is sharing because they are surrounded by a yellow box.

Participants list

  • The button to open the Participants list is at the bottom of the window
  • Shows all who are in the gathering
  • Displays the host and co-hosts

Joining for the first time

We find this video from Marcia Chadly so helpful for first time participants. This video walks you through:

  • Understanding Zoom access information
  • Downloading the free Zoom app
  • Using the access information to join
  • How to turn your video off and on

We’re stronger together.

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