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Group therapy provides psychotherapy treatment in a format where there is typically one therapist and six to twelve children with related problems. Sometimes a therapist may recommend group therapy over individual psychotherapy for a variety of reasons.

Children will learn and practice social, emotional, and problem-solving skills in a small group setting. Children will learn to interact positively with others, communicate effectively and assertively, cooperate in play and work, and resolve conflict while they converse and play with peers. Children will be placed into the group that best fits the skill sets they need to acquire.

The advantages of group therapy include:

Increased feedback

Group therapy can provide the children with feedback from others. Getting different perspectives is often helpful in promoting growth and change.

Modeling

By seeing how others handle similar problems, the children can rapidly add new coping methods to his or her behaviors. This is beneficial in that it can give the children a variety of perspectives on what seem to work and when.

Improve social skills

Since so much of our daily interaction is with others, many children learn to improve their social skills in group therapy (even though such an issue may not be the focus of the group). The group leader, a therapist, often helps children to learn to communicate more clearly and effectively with one another in the group context. This is inevitably leads to children learning new social skills which they can generalize and use in all of their relationships with others.

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