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Mini-Groups: Maximizing the Therapeutic Milieu on an Acute Psychiatric Unit
Samuel H. Bailine; Helen K. Golden; Michael Katch
Psychiatric Services 1977; doi:
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Direct Admissions Unit Hillside Division Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center Glen Oaks, New York

Kingsbridge Heights Manor Bronx, New York

American Psychiatric Association

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The authors have found small groups (called mini-groups) an effective way to work with patients who are too regressed or disturbed to benefit from individual psychotherapy and who find larger groups over-whelming and confusing. Mini-groups were formed in 1974 on a 20-bed acute inpatient service of a private psychiatric hospital, where traditional treatment approaches have been altered because of a more disturbed patient population and a shorter length of stay. A high staff-to-patient ratio, sometimes almost one to one, lends stability to the groups.

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