Group therapy is an effective treatment option for a wide range of disorders and is much more cost-efficient than individual therapy. As a result, many insurance companies are showing preference for group therapy over individual therapy. This has led to more therapists including group therapy in their practices, making it very likely that you will facilitate group therapy in the future. To successfully develop groups and apply this therapeutic approach, it is essential for you to have an understanding of group processes and formation.
In your role, you must understand group processes and stages of formation, as this will help you develop groups and determine an individual’s appropriateness for group therapy. Whether you are at the beginning stages of group formation or facilitating a session for a developed group, it is important to consider factors that may influence individual client progress. For this Assignment, as you examine the video Group Therapy: A Live Demonstration in this week’s Learning Resources, consider the group’s processes, stages of formation, and other factors that might impact the effectiveness of group therapy for clients.

In a 3-page paper, address the following:

Explain the group’s processes and stage of formation.
Explain curative factors that occurred in the group. Include how these factors might impact client progress.
Explain intragroup conflict that occurred and recommend strategies for managing the conflict. Support your recommendations with evidence-based literature.

 The College of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references.

Yalom, I. D., & Leszcz, M. (2005). The theory and practice of group psychotherapy (5th ed.). New York, NY: Basic Books.
​The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, 5th Edition by Yalom, Irvin D. ; Leszcz, Molyn. Copyright 2005 by Hachette Books Group. Reprinted by permission of Hachette Books Group via the Copyright Clearance Center. 

Nicholson, R. (2002). The dilemma of psychotherapy notes and HIPAA. Journal of AHIMA, 73(2), 38–39. Retrieved from (Producer). (2011a). Group therapy: A live demonstration. [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA: Author.00:05 VICTOR YALOM: Hello, I’m Victor Yalom.00:06 I’m pleased to be here today with Dr. Irvin Yalom.
00:09 He’s made outstanding contributions to the field of
00:12 group and existential psychotherapy.
00:14 He’s also written many books, both fiction and nonfiction,
00:18 all revolving around psychotherapy themes.
00:21 He’s also my father.
00:23 Good to be here.
00:25 IRVIN YALOM: Good to be here for me, too.
00:26 VICTOR YALOM: In a few minutes, we’re about to see
00:28 two demonstration groups that were filmed at the American
00:31 Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference
00:33 here in San Francisco.
00:36 Prior to the groups, in your opening remarks, you set the
00:38 stage for them, so we don’t need to do that here, but
00:41 suffice it to say that the groups are inspired by your
00:44 novel, The Schopenhauer Cure, which is really
00:47 set in group therapy.
00:49 And the groups are led by Molyn Leszcz, who is your
00:52 co-author of the fifth edition of your text, The Theory and
00:55 Practice of Group Psychotherapy.
00:57 Now, that’s a big book, over 600 pages, so we can’t do
01:01 justice to it here.
01:02 But I think it would be helpful if you could summarize
01:05 the core principles of your model of group psychotherapy.
01:09 IRVIN YALOM: Basically, I want to make the point–and I do in
01:12 there–that we’re really talking about group therapies.
01:16 There are a tremendous number of different types of group
01:19 therapies–more, it seems, every year–and we do talk
01:22 about that in the text.
01:24 But, this type of group that we’re going to be looking at
01:26 today, I feel, is the central model of group therapy.
01:32 And we can change it in many different ways to fit
01:34 different clinical situations, different clinical
01:37 populations, but primarily, it’s an interpersonal group.
01:42 This is a group where we’re making the assumption–and
01:45 it’s an assumption I believe very much–that people come to
01:48 see us, for the most part, because they can’t establish
01:52 and maintain nurturing, ongoing interpersonal
01:57 relationships.
01:58 VICTOR YALOM: Right.
01:58 And when you say people come to see “us,” you’re meaning
02:01 any therapist; not a group therapist,
02:03 an individual therapist.
02:04 IRVIN YALOM: Exactly.
02:04 Any therapist.
02:06 VICTOR YALOM: Even if they’re depressed or anxious, it often
02:08 revolves around interpersonal themes, breakups–
02:11 IRVIN YALOM: Exactly.
02:12 Interpersonal isolation causes depression, and then
02:17 depression makes that even worse.
02:20 In the group, we focus very much on trying to change
02:25 people’s interpersonal relationships.
02:29 We try to do this quite directly by focusing on the
02:33 relationships between people in the group.
02:35 So this means–and this is what you’re going to see in
02:37 these next two meetings–this means the group is focused
02:41 very much on relationships between one another.
02:44 VICTOR YALOM: This is what you call th00:05 IRVIN YALOM: This is the same group about
00:10 four meetings later.
00:15 JULIUS: Good to see everybody.
00:17 TONY: Good to be back.
00:18 BONNIE: Good to see you.
00:20 STUART: You look well, Julius.
00:22 BONNIE: You do.
00:24 JULIUS: Yeah?
00:25 Well, I’m feeling not too badly.
00:30 Have you been–it’s interesting, Stuart, that you
00:35 commented about that.
00:36 I appreciate that.
00:43 STUART: I think that we all think about you quite a bit.
00:52 And your situation.
00:55 JULIUS: How do you feel about that?
01:02 STUART: A little nervous.
01:05 It’s difficult.
01:07 And I believe we said several weeks ago that we were going
01:11 to try to talk about that a little bit more directly.
01:15 And I don’t know that we have.
01:17 PAM: I think I have seen a lot of different words around
01:22 Julius’ illness, situation.
01:25 Everybody seems to–how do you feel about that, Julius?
01:31 JULIUS: I’m not sure about your question, Pam.
01:33 What are you asking me?
01:35 PAM: Julius has cancer and that is devastating.
01:39 And somehow we tend to use different words.
01:43 You just used “situation.” I have heard other people say
01:48 “illness.” I want to check in with people.
01:59 TONY: I’m fine with whatever we say as
02:00 long as it’s not confusing.
02:05 JULIUS: You have been feeling confused?
02:08 TONY: Just sometimes I don’t understand what everybody is
02:11 talking about.
02:14 I don’t know how to put it.
02:18 Always on the spot.
02:18 I don’t want to talk about it right now.
02:29 JULIUS: You say you don’t want to talk about “it” right now.
02:35 What’s the “it?”
02:40 TONY: Sometimes, especially recently with Philip, he uses
02:45 a lot of terminology that is difficult for me to
02:49 understand.
02:50 It’s just hard to put my head around things sometimes.
02:59 I just feel dumb sometimes.
03:03 But you guys know that.
03:06 REBECCA: No.
03:07 PAM: Tony, sometimes you say the most straight from the
03:11 hip, pivotal thing to people.
03:15 TONY: That’s good to know.
03:17 REBECCA: And I think it is hard for all of us to wrap our
03:19 minds around somebody who has cancer.
03:25 TONY: Yeah, I think I was just saying that whatever the word
03:28 is, like melanoma, malignant, things like that were just
03:31 kind of always–it took me awhile to kind of get
03:37 my head around it.
03:39 JULIUS: Well it has taken me a bit of time to
03:42 get around it, too.
03:43 TONY: I bet.
03:44 JULIUS: And I–I’m glad in some ways, Stuart, that you
03:53 led the meeting off with asking me about that because,
03:59 as we have been talking this last while, for you to go to
04:02 feelings is not an easy thing.
04:06 What is it like for you to tell me that you are
04:10 concerned about me?
04:14 STUART: Well, I am.
04:16 I’m definitely concerned.
04:17 I know we all are.
04:19 And this group is certainly a place where we can come to
04:28 talk to one another and I worry about that being upset.
04:36 And I also know that you are responsible for

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