What did you notice about preparing for termination?In the “Preparing for Termination” segment, I believe the group leader did an outstanding job in setting the stage for termination for group members. According to Brown (2018), “Members who are achieving their goals are reluctant to deal with endingand may refuse to discuss it at all. It is helpful when group leaders introduce the notion of termination before it happens …” This is exactly what the group leader did one session prior to the final session. He prepared the group by telling them “goodbyes can be painful” then he allowed them to share their feelings as they reflected on “saying goodbye” (Fall, 2012).The group member that stood out to me during this process was Kurt who said that he normally does not have much of a problem saying goodbye, but was “apprehensive about leaving this group.” Later as group members continued to their mutual sentiment of mixed feelings, Amanda made an observationGL – on one hand empowering; on the other hand sad; ---good to know where we stand—we’re going to be able to honor our feelings—we’re going to figure outhow we will say our goodbyes—I encourage everyone to be here out of respect for each other; despite the feelings you might haveGL—beyond saying goodbye it is also a time to tie up the work we’ve done and to acknowledge the progress we’ve made, see what else needs to bed oneFeelings about Termination must be explored from different perspectives: the individual member, the therapist, the group as a whole (Yalom, 2005)She did a marvelous job coming right back at him and saying,"You're doing it now." Once again, a great example of that here and now immediacythat is so common at this stage of the group. The most beautiful thing that happened is that,upon reflection, Kurt was able to see how what was going onwas directly tied to his view of termination and saying goodbye.It intertwined with his presenting problem so elegantly thatI don't think he was quite aware of it until Amanda pointed it out,of how is behavior was coming out and manifesting in the group.For me, in reviewing that aspect of the group session, thisis exactly why I prepare people fortermination. You see, if you don't prepare them for termination then their feelings come as a surprise,and what happens is you get in a situation where group members are experiencing thosemixed feelings with no group context. The most unfortunate consequenceis that people will not show up for the last group because they're afraid of the goodbye.By processing the goodbyes, by giving people space to work on some unfinishedbusiness and move toward closure will give you the greatest probabilityof having a healthy termination session in your group.“It is important to have constructive terminations for sessions and for the ending of the group. Too many times experiences are simply stopped, not ended in such a way as to provide closure for participants” (Brown, 2018).