Date of Award

Spring 5-10-1994

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Jeanette H Milgram

Second Advisor

Karen E Johnson


The current changes in the health care system require mental health professionals to provide short-term, cost-effective services that are accessible to a broader population. Chrysalis Mental Health Clinic is meeting this challenge. The clinic has designed and implemented a short-term psycho educational group model for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This thesis is an evaluation of the group model's effectiveness from the members' perspective. The evaluation examines the following three research questions: 1) From the group members' perspective, how helpful is the psycho educational approach of the short-term group model at Chrysalis Mental Health Clinic?; 2) Was a feeling of cohesion experienced by group members?; and 3) What recommendations are there for future short-term survivors groups at Chrysalis? Five of the six group members completed a standard evaluation form during the last session of the group. Four of the six members agreed to participate in a telephone interview conducted two months after termination. The findings indicate that the psycho educational approach was helpful to group members and a feeling of cohesion was experienced.


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