Group Therapy. Helping each other heal and grow. This lecture:. History of group therapy What is group therapy? Why do we conduct group therapy? Who is involved in group therapy? How is group therapy conducted?. History of Group Therapy (in the U.S.). Before 1900’s
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Helping each other heal and grow
“What I got out of group therapy: I was treated with respect, listened to, not judged. I was able to say in "public" what my symptoms were and how I felt. I met other people who had what I had which relieved the feeling of isolation. I learned from the other members of the group what worked for them and copied the skills that worked for me. I got encouragement from the others when I wanted to die. I got compliments when I did well or said something they liked. I had a chance to give and get feedback. I got to hear myself think out loud as I vocally processed what I was dealing with, thus getting it clearer in my own mind."
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“He drew a circle that shut me out;Heretic, Rebel, a thing to flout.But Love and I had the Wit to Win.We drew a circle that took him in” – Edwin Markham
Group members orient to group and each other.
Anxiety, ambiguity, and conflict become prevalent as group members struggle to define themselves and group norms.
A therapeutic alliance forms between group members.
Group members experiment with new ideas, behaviors or ways of thinking. Egalitarianism develops.
The group disbands.