Conclusion And Contraindication

It is strongly suggested, especially with this particular population, that having knowledge of clinical theories is necessary but not sufficient to working with a population displaying severe developmental arrests. The natural flow of humor, the readiness to act clinically albeit uncommonly, yet ethically, and the tenacity to connect and reflect compassion of ten elicits respects from this particular population. Due to this respect these individual are willing to try out recommendations made by the therapist.

In relation to contraindications with this particular population, a group therapist must be able to free herself or himself from judgment and outrage at the acts committed by these individuals, and suspend personal moral issues. One must feel comfortable with her or his own oddities, trust her or his intuition and, above all, see the "good in the bad."


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