Individual and Group Psychotherapy by onno95


									                                 Individual and Group Psychotherapy

The typical view of psychotherapy is that it is a one-to-one verbal experience. With adults this is the
most common mode of treatment. However, treatment in groups has also been offered by
therapists from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The same assumptions and methods that guide
individual therapies may be used, but in a group format. While the group format may be selected for
convenience or in order to provide services to larger numbers of children and adolescents, there are
other ratio-nales for this choice (Johnson, Rasbury, and Siegel, 19S6). Groups offer the opportunity
for socialization experiences not present in the individual mode. Also, group treatment may be more
appealing to the child or adolescent because it is less threatening, demonstrates that peers have
difficulties, and often includes opportunities for activities not likely to occur in one-to-one
relationships with an adult therapist.

Whether in individual or group format, treatments that would be described as verbal forms of
psychotherapy are a major form of intervention; particularly with older children and adolescents.
However, the need to alter treatment procedures to fit the child's level of cognitive and emotional
development is one factor that has produced nonverbal modes of working with children.

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