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--- Quote from: "N.O.S.O.B." ---I think in the "Individual Rights and the Federal Role" COngressional report they talk about an adolescent program that used Guided Interaction Therapy in thier group therapy. "GIT"

I just got a Tavistock book Called "Reluctant Rebels; Re-education and Group Process in a Residential Community"  haven't read it yet but it's from 1959. They use McCorkle as a another about "reconditioned impulse, a direct approach to reshaping the persona"

I guess this is what they used to call brainwashing before the communist got into it...I don't know
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Interesting piece of evidence. If you get a chance could you quote a brief reference of that.




--- Quote from: "Awake" ---Looks very much like GGI represents, at the very least, a cornerstone of many troubled teen programs. Certain early experimental troubled teen program models who's methodology is documented, such as Provo Experiment in Delinqency Rehabilitation, and The Silverlake Experiment, refer to GGI as being the adopted model. The Highfields experimenal treatment project for youthful offenders was the first of this kind, by Lloyd McCorkle, using Guided Group Interaction, which was first used to treat delinquent soldiers.

I don't know exactly how many worms are in this can, but so far this is what I see in there.

For starters I'll give my impression of Lloyd McCorkle's book, "The Highfields Story: An Experimental Treatment Project for Youthful Offenders. 1958" Generally, I am struck by the familiar feel it has with descriptions of thought reform and human relations training, it really walks and quacks just like those things. So far I've not seen evidence that GGI was developed as a merger of those things other than within the evolution of program history itself...
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There is no doubt in my mind that GGI evolved as a deliberate means of exploiting an already existent group mindset in place in certain groups by co-opting it and re-directing it to better serve the interests of those in the position of ultimate authority.

For several years, the earliest mention of GGI that I could find was in Lloyd McCorkle's permutation of group therapy which was custom tailored to serve the needs of the U.S. military in "rehabilitating" soldiers who had run afoul of the law (civilian and/or military). This is, I believe, where this methodology did acquire its descriptive name, "Guided Group Interaction."

But McCorkle had to have developed his ideas from somewhere, via some prior experience in working with people or with groups in purpose filled fashion, and I did come across some reference to that earlier this year. Apparently, he had been previously involved in "The Chicago Project," a community based endeavor which sought to re-direct and defuse the influence of juvenile gangs in Chicago in the mid 1930s.

I came across this article that I think offers a good perspective on GGI as it relates to Juvenile Corrections. (I’d cut and past, but this article is being difficult.) GGI is offered here as an incorporation of various treatment strategies, not a focal point, which is good for connecting influences and motivations. Exercising manipulation and coercion is familiar to this take on juvenile correcions. several references, such as to Edgar Schein, are indicative  of that.  (I am personally interested in the reference to The National Association of Training Schools and Juvenile Agencies as possibly having a connection with the National training Laboritories or the National Educational Association, if anyone happens upon a connection there. Could be a lark.)

Anyways, obviously this shows GGI to be an important origin of the troubled teen industry.

This article, “Juvenile Treatment Strategies in Correctional Programs” was first presented in 1963. ... 100402.pdf

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