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By: Jenny Robinson

In: Group Counselling

Chapter 6: Groups in Residential Settings

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Groups in Residential Settings
Groups in residential settings

This chapter considers the implications of groups in residential settings – which constitutes a particularly intense psychological environment. Not only does the residential context affect the group, but what happens in the group creates ripples within the home or institution as a whole. Thus, in addition to doing the work within the group itself, the group leader has to attend to the interaction between the group and the immediate – and wider – environment. In this chapter, drawing on my experience as a psychologist in a prison and now as a psychotherapist in a therapeutic community, I discuss the significance of the residential context as regards contracts, the use of groups in a therapeutic community, the therapeutic implications ...

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