The two most prominent therapy groups applicable to rehabilitation treatment are:
During rehabilitation treatment for behaviour and substance use disorders, part of the therapy usually incorporates dynamic group therapy. In dynamic group therapy, a group of patients with similar disorders, meet and discuss common issues under the guidance of a qualified therapist. Groups usually consist of roughly four to 12 patients and can be attended on an out-patient basis, or during treatment in a residential rehabilitation centre.
In addition to dynamic group therapy sessions, family group meetings are also offered by rehabilitation centres. Substance and behaviour disorders affect more than just the afflicted person. Relatives and loved ones are often seriously compromised and also require healing. These meetings are restricted to the afflicted person, their family members and a qualified therapist.
Group therapy techniques are sometimes based on elements of the so-called “12-steps” programs. More modern techniques are based on cognitive treatment techniques and, in some cases, the techniques may be based on combinations of the two. The “12-steps” techniques are older approaches and are mostly based on the assumption that a universal set of rules apply to all people. Cognitive methods are more modern and offer greater variety and flexibility.
Group therapy sessions differ from one-on-one therapy sessions, where a single patient interacts with a therapist, in the absence of other people. Each offers specific benefits and functions and they compliment each other, so both are required for fulfilling all the needs of therapy.
The main benefits of group therapy include:
In family group therapy, relatives are assisted with the additional principles that include the following:
Group therapy differs from mutual-support groups. Mutual-support groups in local communities do not offer formal (or professional) psychotherapy as part of their activities, whilst dynamic group therapy includes the latter as a primary benefit. Mutual-support groups are open to any person with a need for change, while group therapy sessions are restricted to patients and loved ones undergoing formal treatment.
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