Therapeutic Factors

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benefit from a different combination of therapeutic factors. Therapeutic factors are evaluated through the therapist’s view, clients’ reports and the systematic research approach.
“Clients’ reports are a rich and relatively untapped source of information” (Yalom, 2005, p. 2) as it is based on their personal experience. Accuracy and validity from clients experience is determined by the counselors ability to “enter into the experiential world of the client” whilst suppressing personal bias and refraining from swaying the client’s responses (Yalom, 2005, p. 4). With regards to systemic approach, the correlation of in therapy variables with outcome in therapy is the most common method employed as this will aid in determining which therapeutic factor/s
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By sharing such feelings and experiences within a group setting may help relieve pain, guilt, or stress being experienced by a member. Catharsis is considered a part of an interpersonal process that is more helpful during the latter part of the group process as supportive bonds are formed (Yalom, 2005). This value is important in adolescent groups as it validates the learning experience whilst working with peers. Interpersonal learning is described as the task of a therapist to help clients learn “how to develop distortion-free, gratifying interpersonal relationships” (Yalom, 2005, p. 47). Through interacting with other people and receiving feedback from the group and the therapist, each individual is able gain a better understanding of himself or herself. Adolescent groups are viewed as a natural way for adolescents to relate to each other, they emphasize the learning of life skills, increase self-esteem and encourage freedom, aid in them becoming more aware of values and lifestyle and focuses on generalizing behaviors learnt. Adolescents learn through peer references thus making the learning experience more salient and rewarding (Daka, …show more content…
(http://psychology.about.com/od/psychotherapy/f/group-therapy.htm.). As each member in the group advances, he/she will more than likely be able to serve as a role model and support figure for other members of the group. This can further help to develop feelings of success and accomplishment. Mainly through observing someone successfully cope with their problems, other members of the group can see that there is hope and that the possibility for recovery exists

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