I have never found there to be any contraindications to this exercise with the clients. The only possible contraindication that might occur, could be found in the group leader and that contraindication would be that the group leader did not do anything therapeutic with the information projected onto the poem. Usually a wealth of information can be found in these projections. It needs to be explored in future groups when the group itself has become comfortable as a viable unit and the members' fear of rejection or being judged has been reduced due to their comfort level, with one another in their individual differences.


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