If there is no BAN group (Infidelity Support Group) in your city, you may join this worldwide virtual group and/or start your own group. Joining the virtual group can help prepare you to run your own local group, and we will support you in getting started in a good way.
As a BAN coordinator, you respond to local inquiries about the group, and will create a separate BAN group email (e.g., “yourcityBAN@gmail.com”) to do this. This email address is listed on our website along with your group’s location.
You do not have to engage in ongoing correspondence with members (unless you both wish to). When there are at least three people committed to meet (including yourself), you find a meeting location, date and time and let everyone know.
How to find a meeting place is also clearly laid out in the instructions you will receive. We have suggested meeting outlines for you, and a set of guidelines. No one is the leader. No one tells anyone what to do. No one plays counselor or therapist.
Together you share what has been helpful to you so far, and offer encouragement, understanding and support. The coordinator has access to a private online discussion forum for all the BAN coordinators worldwide where you can ask questions and get advice about how to run your meetings. At best you facilitate. Most BAN meetings are held once a month.
Here’s the process for volunteering to be a Coordinator:
–Read all the information, beginning at About BAN, then read History of BAN, the need for BAN, and the BAN Guidelines.
–Read what’s involved in being a BAN Coordinator.
–Fill in the BAN Coordinator Application Form
Once we receive your email, we will set up a phone consultation with you to speak with one of BAN’s leaders. She/he will answer any questions you might have, ensure being a BAN coordinator is right for you, and do everything within their power to get you the right support for your own healing, as well as coordinator training.
When you become a coordinator, you gain access to a BAN Coordinators Private Page on the website – that is accessible ONLY to BAN Coordinators. The page provides links to a lot of information to help you in your role as a Coordinator.
The material available through the BAN Coordinators Private Page includes:
Overview of Role of Coordinator
Basic guide and support for your local effort
An eGroup mail-list for all Coordinators to share information/ideas for working with BAN
Getting out the Word
Tips for using press releases and other ideas
for getting out the word
A brief overview of BAN information to distribute to anyone in your community (civic organizations, churches, etc.) in an effort to reach people other than through your Coordinators e-mail address posted on the Website on the “List of Cities”
The BAN Book
This is an overview of the basic information about BAN,
mostly taken from the material posted on the website;
excellent resource to be given or sent out to counselors,
religious or civic organizations, etc. in your community
to inform them about BAN
Sample Cover Letter
This is a sample letter that can serve as a cover letter for giving out the “BAN Book” if you want to provide it to any counselors/therapists in your area
Setting up and Facilitating BAN Meetings
Setting up Meetings
Focuses on the role of the coordinator in “preparing” to have meetings, including:
Some tips for facilitating meetings,
both the First meeting and later meetings
Purpose and Guidelines(Handout)
To distribute to those attending the first meeting
and to each new member who joins later…
so everyone will understand the overall goals of BAN
Topics to Discuss at Meetings
This is a group of 18 previous Questions of the Week
(and my Responses) that can serve as possible topics for discussion at meetings.
Meeting Discussion Guides
This is a group of 7 discussion guides contributed by one of our Coordinators, that provide specific guidance in discussing some key topics at meetings.
Articles about Affairs (posted on the Website)
Note the 16 Articles under the “Personally Recovering” section that may be useful as another resource as topics for meeting discussions.
This provides good perspective as you work with others in going through the slow, jerky road to recovery.
So if you are interested in volunteering as a BAN Coordinator,
please fill in the BAN Coordinator Application Form. We’ll be in touch with you shortly to guide you in a very personal way!
Finally, if there is no city in your area (and you are not interested in volunteering),
you can periodically check the List of Cities to see if someone else has volunteered.
In the meantime, if you are struggling alone…
I encourage you to read EVERYTHING on BAN’s sister website with Brian and Anne Bercht & Passionate Life Seminars – it contains more than 100 affair recovery articles and many, many audio seminars with solid help to recover from this experience, and you can start listening right now for free.
(The more you learn/understand, the better you’ll be able to recover.)
I also encourage you to reach out to find SOMEONE you can confide in and talk to – even if it’s not in a support group. The isolation is one of the most difficult factors that makes recovery more difficult.