Group psychotherapy is provided for all residents of St. Joseph's Children's Home. Group assignments are based on the resident's age, developmental level and readiness for group therapy. At all age levels, residents typically begin in a more structured group format, learning to listen to others, take turns in sharing their feelings, offer feedback and responses to others, and begin to process their feelings and reactions to feedback provided by peers and therapists. By starting this process in a more structured format, safety can better be assured for all participants. As treatment progresses, residents typically demonstrate readiness to progress to increasingly advanced and less structured groups where they begin to take greater responsibility for maintaining a safe climate for sharing.
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