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Treatment of Criminal Behavior: Group Psychotherapy

It is commonly recognized in criminal justice and correctional circles that treatment with offender populations is superior to punishment alone. Many therapeutic programs have proven effective, including psychotherapy for the treatment of psychopathology and distress, and contribute to offender rehabilitation. As in the free world, psychotherapy in corrections (including jail, prisons, and community corrections) is conducted individually or in groups. Individual psychotherapy consists of one-to-one interactions between a psychotherapist and client, whereas group psychotherapy consists of a small group of at least three or more individuals (though, usually about eight clients), with a therapist or co-therapists.

Individual and group psychotherapy has proven effective for both rehabilitation and basic mental health services. Rehabilitation-oriented psychotherapy aims to prepare incarcerated offenders for community reentry or to enhance the community ...

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