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Sensitivity panel

A form of reconvened group discussion, developed in the UK in the 1960's by Bill Schlackman, where the specific intention is to sensitise the group to an issue of relevance to the client. With repeated group attendance and discussion of an issue, participants develop a greater awareness of and sensitivity to this issue. While their contribution is clearly no longer spontaneous, their developed view may be invaluable in unravelling a problem or helping answer a research question in new and a useful way.

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