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How safe are Survivor Groups?
A recent press release by the Royal College of Psychiatrists of a study by Professor Sydney Brandon said
"Therapists may use a number of techniques, some of which are
regularly employed in orthodox therapy but are questionable when used as
'memory recovery' procedures. These include ..................
I have not had much contact with survivors' groups but can clearly
see the positive support that such groups can bring and how the sharing of
things in common although different can be therapeutic. One must assume also
that the client would be asked to join the group or would themselves seek out
such a group and could only join through their own application.
We are faced with the fact that life is not a laboratory in which all the variables cannot be controlled. We must leave people to find solutions that will help them and make their mistakes along the way. It is therefore important that the survivor remain in control of the rebuilding of self, making their own decisions helpful or not. Control is at the centre of most abuse and it can be an easy step for the survivor to be abused by those desiring help by taking control.
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