Group Session or Group Counseling – Why It’s Effective but How? By Dr. Tony Astro, PhD
Group sessions (or therapy) is unique in being the only reconciling remedy that offers clients the opportunity to be of benefit to and from others (Yalom, 2005). It also encourages role versatility, requiring members or clients to shift between roles of help receivers and help providers (Holmes and Kivlighan, 2000).
There should be a clear objective and presented to the group members or clients step by step until it is comprehended.
Problems of trust often occur when members have very different points of view and if the group consists of members who do not like each other, the leader can try to change this by bringing it up in the group or by meeting with some members privately to see if their differences can be resolved (Jacobs, Masson & Harvill, 2008).
Each Factor theory from Yalom's Therapeutic Forces, also from Jacob, Masson and Harvill has an important key to all group therapy and can be be applied on a case by case and the importance of one does not mean that one factor is not important.
In any case, Group sessions or therapy or meeting - needs strong accountability and more importantly a binding rule of confidentiality. Everything that happens behind those four walls must stay within the group and everyone's dignity should be protected and gossips should never be tolerated.