chapter  79
Norm Repair
ByJOSEPH SHAY
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Consistent with psychodynamic psychotherapy groups, the group Members will have the capacity for self-reflection and insight and be seeking increased intrapsychic and interpersonal knowledge. It covers topics such as logistics of group meetings, fees for group therapy, confidentiality, and expectations about the minimal duration of group treatment as well as more intangible issues such as the necessity to explore the relationships within the group, particularly with the Therapist. Using the group contract as a piece of the relational matrix of the group allows the Therapist yet another set of relationships to explore and understand. It is important to note that there are times when even the deepest understanding of contract violations does not negate the damaging aspects of the behavior on the group. Obviously, this will require not only intense exploration, but it ultimately must lead to one or both Members leaving the group if the outside relationship continues.