Frequently asked questions about the partner support group

Frequently asked questions about the partner support group Heather Tuba @heathertuba Partners to survivors support group

What is the support group Partners to Survivors with complex PTSD about?

Partners to Survivors with complex PTSD Facebook support group began in 2017 to meet the support needs of partners of individuals with trauma from childhood.

The group is for support only and is not a replacement for medical or mental health care. The group is not a crisis support service.

Where does the group take place?

The group is a closed Facebook group. While the group attempts to maintain confidentiality with its guidelines of no sharing posts/names/ screenshots, participants in the group assume the risk for their own security and confidentiality on this platform.

Who facilitates the group?

Heather Tuba, CTRC, BA is the founder and administrator of the group.

The group also has two volunteer moderators. Moderators are screened by the admin and must have been in the group for six months.

Who is this group for?

This group is for partners of individuals with complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The group welcomes all partners regardless of gender or orientation.

The group welcomes partners who are married, common law, dating, engaged, divorced, separated.

Can couples join?

The group is for one member of a partner relationship only.

In the case where both partners are survivors, the group can only accommodate one member of the relationship.

Can a survivor join to learn about their partner’s perspective?

As the group’s intent is to create a space for partners, the group does not accommodate requests of this nature.

What about partners of individuals with other types of trauma?

As the group’s primary focus is on childhood trauma, the group does not focus on single-incident or war trauma. The group’s facilitators can provide individuals with links to support resources for these requests.

What topics are discussed in the group?

Frequent topics of discussion include:

  • Self-care
  • Coping with secondary traumatic stress
  • Parenting
  • Caregiving
  • Juggling multiple roles
  • The impact of dissociation on the partner
  • Accessing mental health support

See the post What happens in a facebook group for partners.

How does a partner join?

A request to join the group is found here.

The partner is asked three questions:

  1. What describes your current partnership status with a survivor with complex PTSD?
  2. What are you hoping to gain from the group?
  3. In general terms, what has been your greatest challenge in trying to help your partner?

Once the questions are completed, the partner is admitted to the group within 24-48 hours.

Organizations and clinicians

If you are interested in referring partners to my group and resources, I offer consultation times to answer your questions. To learn more, visit this page.