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Families of September 11 is now operating as the For Action Initiative. The web pages on this site are available for informational purposes only. Please visit us at www.foractioninitiative.org.

Chat Program

The Families of September 11 (FOS11) Chat Program provides an opportunity for our members to meet online, in a safe and secure environment, and to exchange ideas with others in the 9/11 community who are facing similar challenges and changes.

Dr. Donna Gaffney, a licensed mental health professional and noted trauma specialist, facilitates the chats. Designated chat topics reflect requests from members of previous chats, important issues, or current events in the news. Such topics have included resiliency and healing (see a list of previous chat topics below). Chat conversations tend to include the topic, as well as other issues that members are experiencing at the time. Several chat participants have shared their appreciation of the chat program and most return to participate in later chats.

Connect with Others

The online chat program brings together FOS11 members, living in different geographic locations, to connect and share common experiences. Participants meet individuals from California, Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Alaska, and other states. Regardless of the geographic distance between members, many of the issues and concerns are similar. It is a very friendly and kind environment, where members provide insight and support to each other. The chat helps to break the sense of isolation some members may feel. We welcome new participants to the program.

How it Works: 3 Easy Steps

  1. Read FOS11 action alert emails about upcoming chats. One week prior to a chat, an email will go out to the membership with the chat topic and enrollment information.
  2. Enroll for the chat. Using your membership log-in and password, you will be required to create an anonymous chat name and a password. You will receive a confirmation email with directions for signing in for the chat.
  3. Sign-in to participate in the Chat. Following the directions emailed to you, use your chat name and password to log into the chat. Once logged in you will see the chat in progress and can begin to participate immediately.
The online chat program is easy to use. As indicated, directions are provided in writing or we can walk through the directions via phone. You do not need to be a computer expert, so do not let your intimidation or fear of computers keep you from trying out the chat program. We hope you will join us in future chats!

Upcoming Chats

None scheduled.

Past Chats

FOS11 Final Chat Session -- Jun. 11, 2008
FOS11 Chat Session -- May. 13, 2008
FOS11 Chat Session -- Apr. 23, 2008
Films that Inspire – Lessons Learned from “Reel” Life -- Mar. 25, 2008
Friends as Supportive Resources -- Feb. 27, 2008
Starting off the New Year -- Jan. 23, 2008
Managing Expectations for the Holidays -- Dec. 11, 2007
Managing Expectations for the Holidays -- Nov. 13, 2007
Managing Expectations for the Holidays -- Nov. 13, 2007
Growth and Resilience: Integrating Loss in Our Journey of Healing -- Oct. 18, 2007
Remembrance and Reflection on the 6th Commemoration -- Sep. 18, 2007
Making Choices About the Commemoration -- Sep. 05, 2007
Managing Anxiety Leading up to September (3) -- Aug. 21, 2007
Managing Anxiety Leading up to September (2) -- Aug. 02, 2007
Managing Anxiety Leading up to September -- Jul. 18, 2007
Post Traumatic Change - What does it mean? -- Jun. 20, 2007
Making Changes (2) -- May. 16, 2007
Making Changes -- Apr. 25, 2007
Trauma on Top of Trauma -- Mar. 14, 2007
Trauma On Top of Trauma -- Feb. 27, 2007
Information Overload - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly -- Jan. 24, 2007
Managing the Holidays -- Dec. 20, 2006
Managing Expectations for the Holidays -- Dec. 05, 2006
"Telling Your Story" -- Nov. 15, 2006
Faith, Hope, and Spirituality -- Nov. 01, 2006
"Faith, Hope, and Spirituality" -- Oct. 18, 2006
Reflections on the 5th Anniversary -- Sep. 28, 2006
Reflections on the 5th Anniversary -- Sep. 12, 2006
Making Choices about the Commemoration -- Sep. 07, 2006
Making Choices about the Commemoration -- Aug. 22, 2006
Finding Comfort in the Words and Images of Others, continued -- Aug. 02, 2006
Finding comfort in the words and images -- Jul. 19, 2006
Get the Word Out -- Jul. 06, 2006
FOS11 Online Chat -- Jun. 22, 2006
Another movie? Considering thoughts and feelings about Oliver Stone's World Trade Center Movie -- Jun. 12, 2006
When Friends Try to Help You 'Move On'...Words of Wisdom and Courageous Actions -- May. 25, 2006
When Friends Try to Help You 'Move On'...Words of Wisdom and Courageous Actions -- May. 25, 2006
Follow Up Discussion About the Moussaoui Verdict -- May. 10, 2006
Reactions to the Moussaoui Trial Verdict -- May. 04, 2006
Reactions to the Release of the film, Flight 93 -- Apr. 27, 2006
9/11 and Families: A House Divided, A House Created -- Mar. 28, 2006
Reactions to the Penalty Phase of the Moussaoui Trial -- Mar. 08, 2006
Dealing with Media Coverage of 911 Related Events -- Feb. 15, 2006
General Support Chat -- Jan. 18, 2006
Managing the Ups and Downs of the Holiday Season -- Dec. 20, 2005
Holiday Discussion -- Nov. 22, 2005
Managing Fear and Anxiety in the Face of Uncertainty -- Oct. 25, 2005
Remembrance and Resilience around the Fourth Commemoration: Session 2 -- Sep. 15, 2005
Remembrance and Resilience around the Fourth Commemoration: Session 1 -- Sep. 07, 2005
Resilience, Growth, and Renewal -- Aug. 25, 2005
Looking for a Job from the Inside Out: An Online Career Workshop -- Jul. 13, 2005
Moving Forward After Loss: A Conversation for Men Affected by 9/11 -- Jun. 23, 2005
Losing a Sibling: A Grief of Historical Proportions -- Session 2 -- May. 24, 2005
Losing a Sibling: A Grief of Historical Proportions -- Session 1 -- May. 24, 2005
Children & 9/11: A Chat for Parents, Caregivers & Advocates -- Apr. 19, 2005
General Emotional Support -- Mar. 16, 2005
Siblings & Loss -- Feb. 10, 2005
Siblings & Loss (Early Session) -- Feb. 10, 2005
Retriggering Trauma: When Events Evoke Emotions -- Jan. 19, 2005
DC-Area Chat -- Dec. 15, 2004
Holiday Chat: A Challenging Time of Year -- Dec. 02, 2004
Town Hall Meeting: The Future of the 9/11 Commission Recommendations -- Nov. 15, 2004
Survivors' Chat -- Oct. 28, 2004
Resiliency and Recovery -- Sep. 30, 2004
Resiliency and Recovery -- Aug. 26, 2004
Resiliency and Recovery -- Aug. 11, 2004

 

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