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Summary: The Significance Of Initial Stage In Group Therapy

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The videos and readings highlighted the significance of initial stage in group therapy. The beginning stage establishes ground rules for the group members and leader(s) and set a tone of the group. Discussing and acknowledging group expectations allow the members to develop a sense of safety even in the midst of feeling apprehensive. Therefore, discussing issues of inform consent, confidentiality, expectation, and (individual and group) goal to establish a norm for the group become crucial to the success of the group (Corey, Corey, & Corey, 2014; Microtraining Associates, 1991). Mutually agreed ground rules appear to assist group members to focus on here-and-now as well as their motivation for joining the group (see Microtraining Associates,
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