Peer Support Groups

An inclusive approach that welcomes everyone

If you’ve been recently injured or encountered an onset of a complex condition, there is likely a peer group to serve you. If you are a family member or caregiver of someone going through or has completed rehabilitation, we’ve created communities for you to be a part of. And if you’re a member of the community living with a neurological condition we serve but may have never been to Shepherd Center, you are also welcome to be a part of our Peer Support family. 
We have many Peer Support Groups that are inclusive of patients, families, caregivers, and members of the community. These groups have formed over the years, and more are on the way.  

Spinal Cord Injury Support Groups

Our longest-running support group for patients and former patients with spinal cord injury. We understand the unique and challenging journey spinal cord injury initiates, so we've created this supportive community. Connect with others who have traveled the same rehabilitation path and shared similar experiences—our group is led by former patients who truly understand what you're going through. Our atmosphere is friendly and approachable, ensuring you feel comfortable attending and benefiting from these meetings. Join us to discover strength, knowledge, and camaraderie in your recovery journey.  

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Groups

Welcome to our Brain Injury Peer Support Group at Shepherd Center. We understand the road to recovery after a brain injury constantly evolves. Our friendly and approachable group offers a safe space for patients and former patients to connect with others who have traveled a similar rehabilitation journey, sharing everyday experiences. Led by compassionate individuals who have been through it themselves, our Peer Support meetings are an excellent way to find understanding, encouragement, and camaraderie. Join us as we embrace the power of community together. 

Family and Caregiver Support Groups

Shepherd Center's Peer Support Group for families and caregivers of loved ones with spinal cord injury and brain injury is like no other. We understand the unique and challenging journey you and your loved one are on, from rehabilitation to returning home. Our group provides a warm, welcoming, and fun space where you can connect with others who have been down a similar path, sharing their experiences and insights. Led by families and caregivers who have been through it themselves, our meetings offer a friendly and approachable environment to ensure you feel supported and at ease. Join us to find understanding, strength, and lasting connections on this journey of caregiving.

Multiple Sclerosis, Transverse Myelitis, and Neuromyelitis Optica Support Groups

This community support group is dedicated to understanding the unique and challenging journey faced by patients with demyelination conditions such as multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, neuromyelitis optica, and others, every day. Our support group provides a safe space for individuals to connect with others who have experienced similar situations. Share experiences, insights, and triumphs while receiving understanding and encouragement from fellow peers. This group is open to current and former Shepherd Center patients and community members. 

U.S. Service Members and First Responders Support Groups

This group is open to current and former Shepherd Center's SHARE Military Initiative clients for U.S. Service members and first responders with brain injury and related physical and psychological health concerns.

Adolescent and Young Adult Support Groups

This program is for inpatient adolescents aged 14-21 with Spinal Cord Injuries and/or mild Brain Injuries who intend to return to school and wish to be paired with a mentor. This program is in development and will be available soon.

Concussion Support Groups

Our SUCCESS Program is a peer support group for Shepherd Center’s Complex Concussion Clinic patients. This program is in development and will be available soon.

Other Peer Support Programs

For more information about other support groups throughout Georgia and other states, please visit the Brain Injury Peer Visitor Association, Brain Injury Association of America, United Spinal Association, or the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Current Public Meeting Schedule  

In addition to our frequent meetings with current and former Shepherd Center patients and families, we also offer a monthly dinner open to inpatients, outpatients, and community families.

Community Peer Support Dinner 

  • Monthly on the 4th Thursday 6–8 p.m. EST and Virtual Support via Zoom.
  • An in-person dinner is from 6-7 p.m.
  • Separate support groups are held directly after the dinner for both survivors and caregivers from 7-8 p.m.

Sign up for more details and get on our monthly community dinners list.

Sign Up for the Monthly Community Dinners

Man in wheelchair with woman and their child in a stroller at a peer support community function

Jake Ciccone sits for her headshot smiling
Peer Support Liaison Testimonial

“I’m the bridge between our clinicians and the clients. As someone who’s been through it, I normalize what the program is, give them the techniques that worked for me, and support them in any way possible.” 

Jake Ciccone
Lead Peer Support Liaison
SHARE Peer Support Group

You Are Welcome Here! 

If you're considering becoming part of one of our Peer Support groups, we encourage you to take that step and experience the benefits firsthand. We assure you that you'll find a welcoming community eager to embrace you as part of our Shepherd Center family.  Everyone's journey is unique; there's no judgment here – only compassion and understanding. Maybe you’d even make a great addition to our team of volunteers!

Join a Peer Support Group