Groups of One

Groups of One Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 11, No. 3, 1999 Editorial The offender wore rough, but clean, clothing. His hands were soiled from the job he had left 30 minutes earlier and he looked downcast, even distraught. "I'm being kicked out of my treatment program because I couldn't finish my assignments. I had to work two jobs to support two households. Now my PO will put me back in jail and I'll lose my jobs." Sexual offender matters are rarely that straightforward so I called his therapist. "Bob attended regularly but said his work got in the way of completing his assignments. The group voted to evict him." What did the therapist think of the group's collective wisdom? "We have to go with what the group elects." During the 1960s, in what was called "milieu therapy," groups reached deci- sions on dozens of important issues, not only about the patient's day-to-day life but about his treatment plan as well, including when to discharge him from an inpatient program, whether he should take medications, or even whether he should continue in therapy. The theory driving this type of treatment was that of self- determination: The more involved Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 1999 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Psychology; Sexual Behavior; Psychiatry; Clinical Psychology; Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
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