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Understanding Content and Process: Guidelines for Group Leaders

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  • Kathryn R. Puskar MN, MPH, DrPH, FAAN,

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    1. Kathryn R. Puskar, MN, MPH, DrPH, FAAN, is Professor of Nursing & Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Giuliana Mazza, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cynthia Slivka, MSN, FNP, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Megan Westcott, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Fran Campbell, RN, MSN, is an advanced practice registered nurse at 3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; and Tricia Giannone McFadden, MS, is a PhD candidate, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
      krp12@pitt.edu, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu
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  • Giuliana Mazza RN, BSN,

    1. Kathryn R. Puskar, MN, MPH, DrPH, FAAN, is Professor of Nursing & Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Giuliana Mazza, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cynthia Slivka, MSN, FNP, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Megan Westcott, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Fran Campbell, RN, MSN, is an advanced practice registered nurse at 3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; and Tricia Giannone McFadden, MS, is a PhD candidate, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Cynthia Slivka MSN, FNP,

    1. Kathryn R. Puskar, MN, MPH, DrPH, FAAN, is Professor of Nursing & Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Giuliana Mazza, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cynthia Slivka, MSN, FNP, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Megan Westcott, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Fran Campbell, RN, MSN, is an advanced practice registered nurse at 3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; and Tricia Giannone McFadden, MS, is a PhD candidate, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Megan Westcott RN, BSN,

    1. Kathryn R. Puskar, MN, MPH, DrPH, FAAN, is Professor of Nursing & Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Giuliana Mazza, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cynthia Slivka, MSN, FNP, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Megan Westcott, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Fran Campbell, RN, MSN, is an advanced practice registered nurse at 3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; and Tricia Giannone McFadden, MS, is a PhD candidate, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Fran Campbell RN, MSN,

    1. Kathryn R. Puskar, MN, MPH, DrPH, FAAN, is Professor of Nursing & Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Giuliana Mazza, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cynthia Slivka, MSN, FNP, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Megan Westcott, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Fran Campbell, RN, MSN, is an advanced practice registered nurse at 3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; and Tricia Giannone McFadden, MS, is a PhD candidate, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Tricia Giannone McFadden MS, PhD Candidate

    1. Kathryn R. Puskar, MN, MPH, DrPH, FAAN, is Professor of Nursing & Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Giuliana Mazza, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cynthia Slivka, MSN, FNP, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Megan Westcott, RN, BSN, is a student, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Fran Campbell, RN, MSN, is an advanced practice registered nurse at 3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; and Tricia Giannone McFadden, MS, is a PhD candidate, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • The authors reported no conflict of interest.

krp12@pitt.edu, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

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.

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