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Closed Group Therapy



The 28-day Residential Program is based on the closed group model, which gives therapeutic alliances more room to develop, which, according to studies, is the single most important component in any treatment program that contributes to long-term success. Clients form a bond with their counselors as well as peers form bonds with each other in this Alliance.


It is the ability of the same small group of clients to start and finish their residential stay together that makes the “Closed Group” model so effective. With a group size of six, we have ensured that our team is able to plan a sequenced flow of content and schedule so that we can optimize program effectiveness. This is done by combining therapeutic components such as didactic presentations, lectures, individual counseling, group therapy, experiential workshops, and process groups.


A “Closed Group” model has its biggest advantages in the group dynamic itself. Clients become more deeply bonded and familiar with one another.


Consequently, new members will not cause a disturbance in the group dynamics by injecting their “newcomer’s needs”. The principal therapeutic benefit of intensive interactional group therapy is interpersonal learning. “Closed Group” models promote greater group cohesion and create deeper levels of trust, leading to greater self-discovery and self-awareness.


As clients undergo the process of change and healing, the quality of customer – counsellor interactions at Shanti Home enables them to feel heard, understood, validated and empowered. Having a sense of emotional security derived from being part of a consistent group of people for a period of 28 days enhances trust in the process, in others, and in oneself, which are indispensable to peer bonding, to shifts in perceptions, and to a sense of spiritual connection.


The ability for clients to earn personal growth, change, and transformation at Shanti Home is maximized through the use of small “Closed Groups” and carefully crafted coursework.