The Relationship Between Psychotherapeutic Groups And The Group

2060 Words Dec 8th, 2016 9 Pages
Psychotherapeutic groups are very complex because of the multiple processes that group members go through to experience change. According to Yalom (2005), the term process in group therapy refers to the nature of the interacting relationships between individuals. For example, the group members and the therapist. Moreover, during the group process members experience multiple factors such as sharing the internal psychological worlds of each other, internal interactions, group-as-a-whole forces, and the clinical environment. Consequently, these previously mentioned factors all contribute to the group 's processes that yield towards change. For this reason, there are formative stages that occur throughout the group sessions. These stages occur as an outcome of the multiple group processes and factors that play an internal role on group members. Two of the goals in group therapy are for the members to understand their personal style and eventually experiment with new behaviors. However, this only occurs when the therapist does their job effectively at allowing group members to manifest themselves interpersonally and when each group member creates his or her social microcosm. Moreover, the well-known group developmental stages are forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjuring. The goal of this paper is for the present writer to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of each of the stages and the processes that occur during the formation, continuation, and…
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