This intervention has few contraindications and the question is more one of how effective it is. It seems that its effectiveness lies in its tim-

Group As a Place to Practice New Behaviors

ing and the readiness of the patient. A premature intervention would likely be experienced as behavior focused, and possibly superficial.


1. The terms "patient" and "client" are used interchangeably here; they are typically derived from traditional psychoanalytic and more contemporary Rogerian-originated theories, respectively.

2. The group contract includes a commitment to attend four sessions following a decision to terminate group therapy.


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