Group family therapy is simply the practice of working with two or more families within a group setting. When performed by trained family counselors, group family therapy can be instrumental in assisting families with improving communication and modeling positive relational behaviors. This entry first explains the benefits of group family therapy and the similarities and differences between group therapy and group family therapy. It then gives a brief overview of group family therapy stages and group family therapy processes, discusses the counselor’s role in group family therapy, and notes the ethical considerations of group family therapy.

There are many benefits of group family counseling, including a sense of altruism and the feeling that one is not alone in one’s personal struggles. The group process allows individuals ...

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