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Volume 55 Issue 4 (December 1982), Pages 297-390

A preparatory interview for the neophyte group therapist (pages 361-366)

On the premiss that an important aim of the initial phase of supervision of the neophyte group psychotherapist is to convert a new and threatening situation into an old and familiar one, the function of a preparatory interview—whose focus was the therapist's set of expectations about his impending experience of leading a group—was examined. The findings of a series of 26 interviews point to the need for a systematic controlled study to test the effects of a preparatory interview of the trainee therapist on group process and leadership behaviour.

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