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Psychoeducational groups—also referenced in the literature as structured, guidance, and themed groups—are groups that are usually organized and presented for members who have a commonly held condition, issue, illness, or disorder and that feature a balance of cognitive material and emotional expression. Many cognitive-behavioral therapy groups could also be characterized as psychoeducational. Psychoeducational groups are generally time limited, with the duration of the group specified in advance, where once the group is formed, no new members are added, the format is structured, the leaders are active and directive, and there are predetermined goals and objectives. The major purposes for this modality are to present information that members can use to cope more effectively with the issue, condition, illness, or disorder that brought them to the ...

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