Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


Separation and loss experiences are major issues in psychotherapy, but role identity and intimacy are considered the tasks of therapists in training. Experiential groups are advocated during training to enhance coping skills and to teach group process. Focusing on separations in a group setting can highlight that loss is inevitable at any stage of life. The group experience also adds personal meaning to the importance of loss as a training issue. If the group has sufficient time to develop, the members will be able to observe the wide range of responses possible in their peers. We describe the effects of loss, separation, and termination as experienced in a group of psychiatric residents during various stages of group development.

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