Contraindications

Groups are more successful when a clear and thorough orientation is provided to potential group members. There are generally no contraindications to conducting pre-group preparation sessions, but clients who feel easily rejected may need a compassionate and thoughtful explanation of why a particular group is not a good match for a specific candidate. Overall, most leaders find that pre-group meetings build a strong beginning for developing trust in the leader(s) and an understanding of the group process.

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