Reflections on managing groups

A couple of my recent group sessions have been good learning experiences – how do you manage a group of several acutely unwell patients who ideally need 1:1 sessions because one (on the day) is quite chatty, one quiet and needing drawing out, one needs careful listening because their illness is making them mumble a bit… and conversley how do do you manage an unplanned 1:1 with someone who just happens to be the only person in the group that day (not unusual) but who feels the spotlight is too much on them with no other group participants (unusual – patients often like a 1:1)?

The individual patients engaged reasonably well with the 2 sessions but I am now giving thought to how to best handle these kind of groups in future.

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About Carol Ross

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