Conclusion And Contraindications

This intervention can assist each group member to recognize his or her tendency to avoid (go silent) or attack (frenzied helping) when other group members present themselves as vulnerable and express deep feelings. It also demonstrates the possibility and the benefit of staying connected to others when they wished to express their own deeper feelings. This intervention is appropriate for process groups in outpatient facilities, inpatient facilities, or private practices that are dynamically oriented.

A contraindication of this intervention lies with the therapist. Eliciting deep feelings and providing a strong enough container for the affect and resistances takes energy and courage. If the group therapist is not yet ready for the intensity of possible affect, or he or she is uncomfortable with intense affect, it would be better that the therapist does not implement this intervention. The group leader who uses such interventions needs to understand the emotional challenges to him or her and the group members before moving into this realm.

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Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. New Jersey: Jason Aronson. Rutan, J. Scott and Stone, W. (1993). Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy (Second edition). New York: The Guilford Press. Yalom, I. (1985). The Theoiy and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (Third edition). New York: Basic Books.

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