About AC Groups
Authentic Connections (AC) Groups is a nonprofit that fosters people’s resilience by ensuring they have dependable, supportive relationships in their everyday lives.
AC Groups Mission: Ensure that all people who care for others are themselves authentically nurtured and replenished in a mutually supportive setting.
4 Guiding Principles:
1. Scientifically grounded in research published by founder, Suniya Luthar and others; and committed to advancing the research with understudied populations.
2. Partnerships with champions to develop AC Groups within organizations.
3. Integrity in adhering to the core values of the AC Groups program in all we do
4. Honoring the inherent value of each human being in their individual life context as non-judgmental; and believing all humans are worthy of attention and compassion.
The AC Group Program
Participants meet virtually, once per week for 12-weeks. Groups include 5-6 people from similar life situations or roles. For examples of the diverse groups of participants in prior AC Groups, please see Testimonials.
Facilitated by experienced clinicians, all AC Group sessions are focused on developing positive coping skills and forging dependable close relationships. So at the end of the 12-week program, participants leave with not only well-established support networks, but also new skills, tools, and handouts that they can draw upon — and share with others — in the future.
For individuals our suggested donation is $100 per group session. We can accommodate a sliding fee scale on a case-by-case basis. We have never turned anyone away for lack of funds.
For organizations, the suggested cost for a group of 5-6 participants is $3600. When signing up for three or more groups, organizations receive a 15% discount ($3060).
Who are these groups for? Are they for you?
Authentic Connections Groups are for everybody seeking to build dependable support systems that last over time, and can buffer them through times of adversity or stress! They are especially valuable for folks who take care of others at home or work, teaching new coping and relationship-building skills while ensuring that they stay replenished themselves.