Conclusion And Contraindications

All the patients who enter my groups make a commitment to give a month's notice before leaving, but this patient left without notice. One of my concerns was that the group members might fear that other patients could be driven out of the group if they aroused disapproval, but after a lengthy discussion of the incident in the next session, I was convinced that they all accepted that this patient's decision to leave abruptly was in his best interest as well as the group's.

I cannot see any contraindications to the use of these interventions, except if they were regularly used with the demonstrated frequency and intensity during a single group session as they might strike some group members as overly authoritarian and overbearing on the part of the group therapist.


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