Group is a place to understand yourself better, to learn more effective ways to deal with yourself and others, and to practice these new ways often enough in a confidential supervised setting so that they become natural. Much of the value of your total group experience will come not from getting the "answer" to your problems but from experiencing the group itself. A lot depends on what you put into the experience.
Attendance & Payment
Group success depends upon regular attendance. In order to maintain your space in a group, you are financially responsible for all group sessions whether or not you attend and regardless of advance notice or reason for absence, as you are paying for your place in the group. This is necessary for the optimal functioning of the group. If you do need to miss a session, please let us know in advance, as we will be concerned about you. The current fee for group, which may be adjusted periodically, is $55.00 for the 1½ hour session.
The time will come when you feel ready to move on with your life without group. If you are thinking about leaving, it is good to bring it up before you have decided. Such a discussion will give all of us a chance to review what you and we are doing here. We are all affected by each other. Members are required to give notice of intent to leave at least four sessions before departing so that we have the opportunity to process what your leaving brings up for each of us.
Confidentiality is a trust of privacy or secrecy that is special in a group because it is the shared responsibility of all group members and their therapist. Although the therapist will not disclose client communication or information except as provided by law or in other limited circumstances, group members’ communications and information are not legally protected. Thus, you will be requested to sign an agreement in an attempt to provide group members with as much confidentiality as possible. That agreement will reflect:
As a mandated reporter in Pennsylvania, Shari Baron is legally obligated to report to authorities any suspicion or knowledge of child abuse.
CONFIDENTIALITY in groups.