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By: Joseph F. Rath, Hilary Bertisch & Timothy R. Elliott

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 27: Groups in Behavioral Health Settings

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Groups in Behavioral Health Settings
Groups in behavioral health settings
Joseph F. RathHilary BertischTimothy R. Elliott

Changes in the healthcare system and within the specialty of group work have led to increased utilization of groups in behavioral health and medical settings (Drum, Swanbrow-Becker, & Hess, 2011). Group approaches are time- and cost-efficient (Conyne, 2011), and their flexibility can be used advantageously to address a wide array of concerns specific to particular health conditions or unique to given populations (e.g., dietary changes for diabetes, pain management techniques for cancer, coping skills for cardiac conditions). Groups are conducted across healthcare settings, including acute and postacute care hospitals, other postacute inpatient settings (e.g., skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities), outpatient rehabilitation facilities, and specialty clinics.

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