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Unformatted text preview: Brief Group Psychotherapy and Managed Care: Integration or Disconnection? One of the fringe benefits of managed mental health care in the last decade has been the increased interest in and greater clinical experience with cost- and time-efficient models of psychotherapy. Short-term group therapies have been the major beneficiaries of this shift in emphasis spurred by concerns about the escalating health care costs. Short-term group therapy has been the subject of increased study so that the mechanisms underlying its efficacy have been delineated clearly. It is a model that engages with the challenges of limited time and funding, and provides a format for therapists who are traditionally oriented to expand, not abandon, their existing skills and grow professionally. The focus of this article is to review some of the basic principles of time-limited groups and to see where the integration of brief groups into managed...
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- Spring '08