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Group Therapy 

Group Therapy
Chapter:
Group Therapy
Source:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Author(s):

Denise M. Sloan

, and Paula P. Schnurr

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190259440.003.0033

There are a number of effective treatments for PTSD; however, the most highly recommended treatments are individually delivered. The literature on group treatment for PTSD has lagged considerably behind that of individual treatment. As a result, much less is known about group treatment for PTSD. This is unfortunate, as group approaches can offer a number of advantages, such as decreasing social isolation and normalizing PTSD symptoms. Moreover, despite the lack of evidence-based group therapy protocols for PTSD, group treatment is frequently used in mental healthcare settings. This chapter provides an overview of the literature on group interventions for PTSD. Characteristics of group treatment are described along with methodological considerations unique to the group format. The chapter also reviews the available efficacy data and provides clinical and research recommendations.

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