Group Sensitivity Training for Psychiatric Residents
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Information on sensitivity group experiences and psychiatric residency training was gathered through a nationwide mail survey and by investigating results of group experiences in different programs. Seventy-seven programs offer sensitivity training group experiences to residents and eighty-four do not. Five programs dropped groups because of lack of interest; six because of poor results. Forty-four programs reported no interest; twenty-six lacked funds. The program directors without groups feel that they are somewhat less helpful in preparing residents than those who have had groups now or in the past. Participation requirements vary. The group’s major purposes include formal professional training, exposure for educational purposes, to aid the group in resolving conflicts, and for therapeutic purposes. The methods used included encounter, psychodrama, experiental group, t-group, marathon, and psychoanalytic. Administrative issues are sometimes discussed and are often disruptive. Intragroup conflicts often create problems outside the group. Groups appear to work best when goals are clearly defined and do not include psychotherapy for residents. Individual therapy should be available.
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