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A review of optimal group size and modularisation or continuous entry format for program delivery : Examen du nombre optimal de participants par groupe et de la modularisation ou de l'inscription continue dans le cadre de la prestation de programmes

2009

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Writers recommending the number of participants in a group acknowledge that the optimal size of the group should depend on the goals of the program, the theoretical orientation of the program, the profile of the participants and the requirements of the agency. [...] Factors such as group size and the continuous or controlled intake of participants (i.e., entry that is flexible and open throughout the course of the program) may affect the response of offenders to the program material. [...] The purpose of the following paper is to briefly review the literature and the input of stakeholders to determine: (1) the optimal group size for correctional programs; and (2) the advantages and disadvantages of delivering programs applying a continuous entry or modularised format. [...] This lower maximum is set due to the nature of the program’s intensity and because of the high risk and high needs profile of the target population (CSC, 2008a). [...] The lower limit is determined by the number of individuals required in order to function cohesively as a group, while the upper limit is determined by the number of participants that the therapist can effectively work with in the given amount of time (Yalom & Leszcz, 2005).

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