Virtual Support Group

Join adult burn survivors and their loved ones for a live, interactive support group from anywhere in the world!

Virtual/Call-In Support group is held on the 2nd Monday of every month at 8 pm EST. Special topic Virtual Support Group is also held on various 4th Mondays of the month throughout the year (see schedule below). The group is dedicated for burn survivors and their loved ones. To honor their support needs, we ask that all participants identify within these categories.

Burn Survivor + Loved Ones Support Group Schedule

All groups meet at 8 pm EST.

  • The 2nd Monday of every month

    • 2024 Dates: June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9

  • Additional Mondays through out the year. Stay tuned for more 2024 dates!

    • June 24 | Topic: Laser Treatments: Types & Benefits with Dr. Jason Heard

      • After sustaining a burn injury on almost half of his body at the age of 12, Dr. Jason Heard was drawn to the medical field and knew he wanted to help other burn survivors in the future. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics and Biotechnology at the University of Iowa in 2011. During his undergraduate years, Jason completed many burn related research projects leading to multiple peer reviewed publications. He was also able to be heavily involved with a regional burn non-profit organization, Saint Florian Fire and Burn Foundation. Through this organization, Jason was able to not only attend but develop programming for multiple burn survivor programs. He was fortunate to serve on their Board of Directors from 2012-2014.

        He enrolled into medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2012 and matched into general surgery residency at UC Davis in 2016, and ultimately completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2021. Jason's passion for burn care and my aspiration of doing a burn/critical care persisted throughout my training and he completed his fellowship at UC Davis in 2022. He is currently a faculty member at UC Davis/Shriners Northern California Burn Units, where he continues to care for burn survivors during their initial hospital admission and throughout their recovery, including reconstructive procedures/treatments. Jason is also on Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors’ Board of Directors.

    • July 29 | Topic: Courage to Getting Out There (guest host coming soon!)

    • September 23 | Topic: Sex, Intimacy & Relationships (guest host coming soon!)

    • November 25 | Topic: Family Relationships & the Holidays (guest host coming soon!)

At the beginning of each support group, basic ground rules will be shared to create a supportive setting. We also ask that everyone acknowledge understanding that this group is focused on peer support for burn survivors and their loved ones, and is not a substitute for local emotional support.

Join Virtual Support Group

You must sign-up in order to receive instructions and a weblink for joining the group

To participate, please review our Virtual Group Safety Agreement and then fill out the form below. On the day of the support group, you will receive an email with the web link and additional instructions for joining.

Group Facilitators

The group is focused on peer-to-peer support for survivors and loved ones. It is facilitated by staff and emotional support providers connected to Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. Active participation from Phoenix SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) trained volunteers will be included, and conversation by all participants will make support grow for all present!

Have questions?

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