Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


The literature on group training in psychiatry reveals that most residency programs include didactic seminars but few offer supervised group therapy experience or require competence in referral for group therapy. Not surprisingly, research shows that few residents utilize group therapy-either leading a group or making referrals to groups-after graduation. This paper reviews the current "vision" of group training and offers an alternate vision. The assumptions, group formats and competencies of this new vision are described. Emphasized are the development of skills and competency of making appropriate referrals to groups, which may positively impact resident attitudes and practice patterns regarding group therapy.

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