Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Piper, W. 2010. Group Therapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Group therapy is a form of psychosocial therapy that is conducted by one or more trained therapists with a group of patients or clients. Psychosocial therapy involves an extended verbal dialogue among patients and therapists and is believed to operate primarily by means of psychological mechanisms (e.g., insight regarding relationships or positive reinforcement). In contrast, treatment with medication management involves a brief verbal exchange among the parties and is believed to operate primarily by means of physical mechanisms (e.g., increased levels of neurotransmitters).
- group therapy;
- therapeutic factors