Post-graduate training objectives


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A. Knowledge
(1) Indications and contraindications for group therapy

(2) Range of group treatments and their applications in relation to particular patient diagnoses and treatment settings

(3) Group dynamics in treatment groups and organizational activities

(4) Leadership variables

(5) Efficacy of group therapy

(6) Process of referral for group therapy

(7) Usefulness as a collaborative treatment
B. Skills
(1) To be able to recommend group therapy appropriately and successfully

(2) To evaluate and prepare patients for group therapy

(3) To work in the here-and-now and make appropriate links to the patient's past; clinical formulation and schema

(4) To identify and address group dynamics and group phenomenon manifested in the group

(5) To deal effectively with transference and countertransference
C. Attitudes
(1) Awareness of the importance of group dynamics in therapy, educational, social and professional groups

(2) Appreciation of the effectiveness of group therapy to ameliorate patient distress and to modify dysfunctional behaviour

(3) Recognition that both process and content variables are generally present and require appropriate consideration

(4) Practice in an ethical manner, including:

(i) ethical obligations as pertains to all psychotherapies, ensuring patient confidentiality, protecting the integrity of the patient-therapist relationship, prohibiting sexual contact between therapist and patient at any time and prohibiting any form of exploitation of the patient by the therapist;

(ii) unique aspects of group therapy regarding confidentiality, and boundary maintenance in a multipersonal treatment;

(iii) to provide access to treatment without prejudice

(iv) to provide care that is culturally competent and mindful of diversity and gender issues

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