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By: Gary M. Burlingame, Kaity Whitcomb & Sean Woodland

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 5: Process and Outcome in Group Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Perspective

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Process and Outcome in Group Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Perspective
Process and outcome in group counseling and psychotherapy: A perspective
Gary M. BurlingameKaity WhitcombSean Woodland

Group psychotherapy presents itself as a complex and dynamic endeavor designed to aid those who are in chronic or acute psychological distress. Over the past fifty years, researchers and clinicians have focused on the dynamics of this complexity; specifically in terms of understanding its effectiveness—Does group counseling and psychotherapy work?—and its operations—What are the core therapeutic processes? The contributors to the theory, practice, and research in group work come from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and theoretical orientations that have influenced the approaches taken to answering these critical questions. The entity, itself, is also diverse, operating on various levels and engaging ...

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