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(p. 38) Essential Elements of Group Therapy 

(p. 38) Essential Elements of Group Therapy
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(p. 38) Essential Elements of Group Therapy
Author(s):

Tania Lecomte

, Claude Leclerc

, and Til Wykes

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199391523.003.0004
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date: 21 September 2017

This chapter describes the unique elements of group therapy in general as well as in group CBT for psychosis more specifically. Special attention is given to Yalom’s essential elements of group therapy and how most of these are applied in group CBT for psychosis. Elements such as normalization of experience, socialization, social support, interpersonal learning, group cohesion, task focus, a safe and respectful environment, and a goal-oriented approach are described and illustrated. Elements specific to our group CBT for psychosis approach, such as avoiding the psychiatric vocabulary and ensuring that the group is an enjoyable experience are presented. Also the importance of using a single-session time frame is put forward.

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