Integrating Group Dynamics and Cognitive-Behavioral Groups: A Hybrid Model

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  • Jason M. Satterfield

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    1. University of Pennsylvania
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Address reprint requests and correspondence to Jason M. Satterfield, M.A., University of California at San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry, 401 Parnassus Street, Box CPT, San Francisco, CA 94143.

Abstract

Theoretical and empirical arguments are presented for the systematic integration and study of group dynamic processes in cognitive-behavioral groups. Such “hybrid groups” explicitly utilize group cohesion, group developmental stages, and multilevel interventions with the hope of offering cognitive therapy through a group rather than simply in a group setting. Potential advantages of the hybrid model include enhanced active learning, modeling, motivation, skill generalization, and relapse prevention. Further evidence and recommendations are presented regarding hybrid group structure, composition, therapist role, limitations, and directions for future research.

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