Group Therapy (Kids’ Connection)

A branch of psychotherapy designed to help individuals achieve treatment goals while working in a group setting. Groups offered have specific topics and are open only to specific individuals with similar treatment issues. Group therapy is only recommended as an adjunct to individual therapy wherein the individual would achieve treatment goals quicker with the support of a group setting. As part of the group process, necessary life skills are developed and positive relationships with peers are formed (Yalom and Leszcz (2005). The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy; 5th Edition. Basic Books). Individuals learn to develop trust in themselves and others. Common therapeutic interventions utilized in group therapy include behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, play therapy, bibliotherapy, art therapy, and skill-building activities.