Therapeutic Factors in Group-Counseling

Dennis M. Kivlighan, Joseph R. Miles and Jill D. Paquin

in The Oxford Handbook of Group Counseling

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195394450
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Therapeutic Factors in Group-Counseling

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Since the first appearance of psychotherapy groups in the 1940s, practitioners, theorists, and researchers have asked the following question: How do therapy groups help their participants? Given the “intricate interplay of human experiences” (I. Yalom, & M. Leszcz. The theory and practice of group psychotherapy (5th e.). New York: Basic Books, p. 1) occurring within therapy groups, this question is not an easy one to answer. In this chapter, we address how researchers have both asked and attempted to answer this question. Additionally, we provide a critique of this literature and its methodologies and recommend new directions for research in this area.

Keywords: group counseling; therapeutic factors

Article.  10073 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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