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For Connection Program Volunteers


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The Society recognizes the valuable role self-help groups and one-on-one peer support connections play in addressing the informational, emotional and social support needs of people living MS.  We also recognize that well trained and supported volunteers are key to the ongoing delivery of this core service.

There are nearly 1,200 Society affiliated self-help groups across the United States engaging some 30,000 people with MS, family members and friends. In addition, there are approximately 200 peer support volunteers working one-on-one with people affected by MS.

See the impact of Society connection programs by viewing the summary of 2014 evaluation study.

Resources for volunteers

The following resources are available to assist and support you in your leadership role:

Recorded informational telelearnings and handouts

Talking about the tough stuff

Date of Training: 3/2015

Recording (.mp3)

Handout (.pdf)

Setting up online groups

Date of training: 11/2013

Handout (.pdf)

Using positive psychology in your life

Date of training: 5/2013

Recording (.mp3)

Handout (.pdf)

Applying solution focused conversations to peer relationships

Date of training: 9/2013

Recording (.mp3)

Handout (.pdf)

Maintaining healthy boundaries in the peer relationship

Date of training: 6/2012

Recording (.mp3)

Managing difficult behaviors in peer relationships

Date of Training: 2/2013

Recording (.mp3)

Handout (.ppt)

Understanding the Society's position on medical marijuana

Date of training: 7/2014

Recording (.mp3)

Handout (.pdf)

Making comfortable treatment decisions: tips for thinking clearly about benefits and risks

Date of training: 2/2012

Recording (.mp3)

Handout (.pdf)

Powering the National MS Society's research investments: the peer review process

Date of training: 8/2012

Recording (.mp3)

The impact of cognitive changes on the peer relationship

Date of training: 3/2014

Handouts (.pdf)

Recording (.mp3)

Group meeting discussion guides and toolkits

To facilitate dialog and discussion around issues important to people living with MS, the Society has developed guides for use in your meetings — to provide a framework for discussion around critical topics.  

"DreaMS: My Journey with Multiple Sclerosis" by Kristie Salerno Kent

DreaMS e-book (.pdf)

DreaMS book discussion guide (.pdf)

*Book and discussion guide written by Kristie Salerno Kent and made available by Acorda Therapeutics. All material has been approved by the Society for volunteer use. The Society was not involved in the development or content of materials.    

Advocacy activities for groups

Toolkit (.pdf)

Live fully, live well: a wellness program for people with MS and their support partners

Facilitator's guide (.pdf)

Resource guide (.pdf)

Website with videos and personal call to action worksheets