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date: 14 December 2019

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Brief groups are defined as being time-limited, with a preset termination, with a process orientation, and being professionally led. Membership is closed, and members are screened for fit, consistent goals, and similar ego strength. A brief history of the precursors of brief group treatments is explored. The process stages, or group trajectory, are described and related to the nature and timing of interventions. Brief group process and outcome research, the vast majority of extant studies, is explored; and recommendations are made for more carefully designed studies. Finally, a combination of predictions and a wish list for future research, practice, and training is offered.

Keywords: time-limited groups, group process, training, screening, transition, termination, group counseling, group therapy, group treatment

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