Interested in reading/studying the relational sciences together?

You're in the right place, join a TU Patron Reading Pod below!

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Why Pods?

We’d love to offer reading groups in general but the numbers don’t lend to the intimacy that can occur with smaller, intentional gatherings.  Instead, we are organizing small groups, or pods, to gather online to read and study together in order to deepen one’s understanding and application of the content.

What Material Will Be Covered?
Any books or set of podcast episodes related to the relational sciences and attachment can be chosen – they just need to have enough interest to create the pod around it. We will be suggesting book titles but you are free to offer your own ideas up of course. This is intended to be organized yet flexible, it’s a pilot so we will see how it goes and hopefully improve on the process. 

How It Works

In short: 

We have TU Reading Pod Coordinators that will support each group. Each Pod will have a Facilitator who maintains the general frame of the group (time, schedules) and coordinates Session Leads from the participants for each session. Reading Pods will need a minimum of 8 participants but no more than 12 participants to get started. Once a pod has begun then it is considered a closed group in order to maintain the intimacy of that group.


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What Happens When The Book Is Finished?
Once you are finished with the book, the group agreement is successfully complete. Then, participants can disperse, or some disperse and some stick around to reform a new pod around a new book if there is a facilitator available, or you may want to wait for an entirely new pod. Totally up to you!
Session Lead
The more active you are, the more you learn. With that in mind, the group will rotate the role of Session Lead. It’s optional of course, but each group needs a few people to volunteer to each lead one discussion session. The role of the Session Lead is simply to assist the discussion of that section of reading and keep it flowing overall.  No teaching is required – just think of it like soft-serving in tennis.  You begin, but it’s group play from there.
Pod Participant
Pod Participants agree to take their fair share of the talking time and help others do the same, so it’s the whole group's responsibility to keep the discussions flowing. 

Personal sharing of your reactions, constructive criticism of the material, and exploring questions are all desired.  Sometimes the content is stimulating so we need to be clear that this is a peer-led volunteer discussion group rather than a process group, please be mindful and self-disclose with that in mind. Otherwise, it’s highly individualized so have fun!


A volunteer Facilitator (could be you?) will organize the group in general, create the reading schedule and zoom links, and be responsible for sending those out to the pod of participants. They don’t have to teach any material, just help set the frame of the group itself. This includes starting and stopping the group on time & soliciting the Session Leads for each session. 

Facilitator First Steps

First and foremost,  THANK YOU!

Be on the lookout for an email from one of our Pod Coordinators!

She will set up a brief Zoom meeting to meet you, answer any questions and help prepare you to facilitate the study group. By the end of this meeting, the Pod Coordinator will give you the blessing to proceed and you, as Facilitator, will have have identified 1-2 potential slots for Reading Pod meeting times.

Typically reading groups meet every other week for approximately 1.5 hours and run around 6 sessions, depending on how you want to organize the reading schedule. If enough people have responded, the group is already formed and just needs to be organized.
Then, it's off to the races! If not, having a willing Facilitator and good book is usually all it takes to get things rolling!

Let's Get Started!

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