Problem-Solving Group Therapy


This home study course defines group therapy, presents the different types of groups, and describes the trends that are creating a need for brief strategic group therapy methods.  The Problem Solving Group Therapy Model is presented along with the recommended Group Rules, Group Responsibilities, Group Corrective Procedures, and Group Problem Solving Agenda. 


The problem-solving group format accomplishes several things. It rapidly establishes an effective group atmosphere that allows individual group members to work on different issues in the same session using a series of standard group process procedures. The standard format is designed to help the therapist track the implementation and completion of treatment techniques. It targets specific problems, clearly defines treatment goals, and identifies specific time-limited interventions. Group members assume a high degree of ownership and responsibility for solving their own problems in collaboration with the group leader who guides them through a systematic problem-solving process.


Course Objectives Upon completion of this home study course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles of Problem Solving therapy and how those principles can be applied to problem-solving groups.
  2. Identify the standard group agenda and the group responsibilities, rules, and corrective discipline procedures used in Problem Solving Group Therapy.
  3. Understand the Warm-up Procedures for starting a Problem Solving Group Therapy Session, including Preparation, Opening Procedure, Reactions to Last Session, Report on Assignments, and Setting the Agenda.
  4. Recognize and use the Four-Step Group Problem Presentation Process.
  5. Comprehend how to use the standard problem solving process in group sessions. 
  6.  Understand how to use problem solving group process to develop new cognitive, affective, and behavioral coping skills after a problem has been identified and clarified.

This 7 credit hour course is offered for only $99.00. 


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