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How to Become a Group Leader

​Group leaders are the heart of self-management education workshops. There are no requirements to become a group leader. Research shows that the way the workshop is taught is as important, if not more important, than the subject matter that is taught. In other words, when using the Stanford model - which gives structure and support - participants usually make good decisions about their health. Over the course of the six week workshop, participants have opportunities to learn a little, try things out, get feedback and then build on what they have learned. It's amazing what people can do in six weeks!

We have found that the majority of our group leaders fall in one of two categories:

  • Volunteer Group Leaders We welcome volunteer group leaders who have a passion for the program. Oftentimes these leaders were once participants in a workshop themselves!
  • Professional Group Leaders Group leaders who serve in a professional role within their organization are our most common group leaders. Oftentimes they may serve as a registered nurse, diabetes educator, nurse assistant, registered dietician, etc. We have also had organizations train front office staff, billings associates, etc. As long as a group leader feels comfortable presenting in front of a group of participants, we can train them in the Stanford model!

If you would like to apply to become a group leader, please click here!

If you would like more information about becoming a group leader, please email Tami Sterling at

This material was prepared by the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 11SOW-GPQIN-KS-GEN-08/0914