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Keywords:

  • Group therapy;
  • nursing;
  • process;
  • psychiatry

PURPOSE:  To discuss basic concepts of group therapy as a treatment modality.

CONCLUSIONS:  The psychiatric nurse group leader uses concepts of content and process at his/her disposal as powerful tools of change, adaptation, and recovery.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  Group therapy is a common modality in treating mental disorders that is both evidence based and cost-effective. Group therapy is practiced in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment facilities. Because of their understanding of the bio-psycho-social origin of mental illness, psychiatric nurses are uniquely prepared to assist in many roles as facilitators of change.