Q: What is a Closed Group?

A: A Closed Group is a group which has a specific topic and meetings are for a specific amount of time.  All the members of the group begin at the same time with the same start day and end day.  Meetings are usually held on a weekly basis.  These groups are beneficial in developing cohesion between group members as you get to know the other members in your group very well and each week is able to build on the prior one.

Q: What is an Open Group?

A: Open Groups are ongoing groups where a specific topic is covered and they usually meet every week.  New members are able to join an existing group.

Q: What about confidentiality?

A: There is confidentiality between a client and psychotherapist. Exceptions to this are: Any suspected abuse (child, dependent adult, or elder abuse).

A client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. A client intends on harming themselves.

In these situations, the therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately to ensure safety.