Outreach to Professionals

In reaching out to mental health professionals, who often number codependents among their clients, we share information about CoDA’s message of recovery and its potential role as a support to codependents. Information about the CoDA program itself, including local meeting lists and and CoDA websites, are resources professionals can pass on to their clients, should they choose. The following are some ways in which CoDA groups can carry the message to professionals:

1. Professional Outreach Mailings

A group, Intergroup, or Voting Entity may choose to create a list of local mental health professionals and send a mailing (postal or email).  Over the years, several groups have created templates of materials to enclose in such mailings.

2. Participation in Informational Mental Health Events or Conferences

This may include setting up a booth and staffing it with CoDA volunteers. The booth should  display CoDA literature for perusal, including some pamphlets that people can take away with them, as well as updated meeting lists.

Members may also have the opportunity to  present a short talk on CoDA at some events. They can always speak to  professionals one on one, sharing their own experience of the recovery and support that can be found in CoDA, and inviting  them to an open CoDA meeting if they seem interested.

When choosing an event, please carefully consider the Twelve Traditions. Please look over the ORG Twelve Traditions webpage to review considerations.  Specific questions to discuss as a group include:

  • Does the event help those who still suffer from codependency?
  • Does it put CoDA at risk for affiliation with an outside organization or cause? (Tradition Six)
  • Are there local members available to set up and staff the booth during the hours of the event?
  • Does the event involve prudent spending or very little to no cost to CoDA? If spending is needed, from what funds will it come? Taking a group conscience prior to spending is always a good idea.

Events and Materials discusses suggested materials for events. When considering CODA literature to display, consider the following:

  • For materials that professionals can take with them, using copies of CoDA literature that has been approved for photocopying can help keep costs down. Examples include:  “Recovery From Co-dependency: A Brief Introduction” (See  “Other CoDA Resources” below)
  • Suggested pamphlets: “What is CoDA?”,  “Am I Codependent?”.  Please do NOT EVER PHOTOCOPY CoRE LITERATURE (See  “CoDA  Literature” below)
  • Display reading copies of only Conference-approved literature such as all approved books.
  • Other materials from any local, regional or CoDA, Inc.? (i.e. Free copies of local meetings lists and website information)

3. Other CoDA Committees and Regional support

The Hospitals and Institutions Committee can be contacted for guidance on sending materials to organizations such as rehabilitation centers. For inquiries to this committee, please email hosp@coda.org.  Also, the H&I newsletter can be signed up for at http://codependents.org/.

If you are attending a Mental Health Event on behalf of a CoDA group, Intergroup, or Voting Entity, feel free to email outreach@coda.org to find out if additional resources may be available.

4. Further Information and Suggestions for Professionals

Please note that there are guidelines regarding who facilitates a CoDA meeting; CoDA meetings can never be led by a counselor or therapist who is not a CoDA member.  Also, if a counselor or student wishes to attend a CoDA meeting but does not identify as a codependent, they should make sure they attend an open meeting only.  Furthermore, it is recommended that they contact the group’s contact person so that the group can agree by group conscience to the person’s presence prior to the meeting.

FEEDBACK & SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS PAGE:  The Outreach Resource Guide (ORG) is a work in progress which depends on contributions from you, our fellowship members. Please submit suggestions and materials by going to the Submissions page for further instructions.

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