Peer GroupsA unique benefit of membership in The Transition Network is participation in our peer and special interest groups. These groups help our women forge new bonds of connection and friendship through shared interests, ideas and insights while together they explore new opportunities.
There are two types of peer groups:
Transition Peer Groups generally have 8-12 members and meet on a regular basis (usually monthly) to discuss general transitional issues. During these meetings, members discuss a pre-selected topic, sharing their personal perspectives and listening as others articulate their own views. Topics range from dealing with career transitions, to changing family relationships to the benefits of aging.
Confidentiality is a critical element in the success of a transition peer group. Members are encouraged to speak freely and listen with an open mind. Although participants can provide support to a member confronting a crisis, Transition Peer Groups are not “therapy groups” and cannot substitute for professional help.
Transition peer groups differ from special interest groups in an important way. Transition peer groups are organized by chapter leadership when there are enough women interested in coming together and making a commitment to a group. Peer groups meet regularly and are slightly more structured than a special interest group. Each group chooses a facilitator to keep discussions on track, and a timekeeper to make sure the meetings begin and end on time. Some chapters also have peer group liaisons – one member from each group who communicates non-confidential information like upcoming events or TTN news between chapter leaders and peer group members.
Some of the interesting topics discussed in transition peer groups are:
- Discuss the person who shaped you the most and describe in what ways.
- Wellness – how we take care of ourselves.
- The upside of aging.
- Fun: What is fun for you? Are you having fun in your life now?
- What traditions are important to you during the holidays? Are there any traditions you want to create as you go forward?
- Loneliness: What does loneliness mean to you? What is the difference between being lonely and being alone?
- How have your friendships changed and how have you dealt with it?
- Non-fiction, fiction or biography book clubs
- Travel groups
- Business networking
- Bridge, Mahjong or other game clubs
- Photography club
- Singles outings
- Walking, biking or yoga clubs
- Investing clubs
- Creative crafting