Ask Yourself

The following is a helpful list of questions to aid you in assessing a possible intervention/mediation:

  • Is the person in a controversial group?
  • What evidence do you have that the person is in the group?
  • What evidence do you have to show the person is more than a casual member?
  • Do you consider the group to be benign, high demand or destructive?
  • Do you have information/documentation to support your views?
  • How is the person’s group involvement adversely affecting their life?
  • Who sees the adverse effects of group membership on the person, other than yourself?
  • What is the quality of your interpersonal relationship with the group member?
  • Does the person have a weak or strong bond with the family?
  • Is there a stable family environment?
  • Are you emotionally prepared for the possible ramifications of an intervention?
  • Are you prepared for all possible outcomes of an intervention?
  • Were there signs of mental illness, or adjustment problems before joining the group? Has this changed?
  • Are there resources available if the member decides to sever their ties to the group?