TitleTransformational moments in group psychotherapy
NameKramer, Yair (author), Panzer, David (chair), Riggs Skean, Karen (internal member), Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology,
Group psychotherapy ,
DescriptionPsychodynamic group therapy is a widely used and empirically established form of group treatment. After establishing the effectiveness of group therapy, researchers have turned their focus to how psychodynamic group therapy helps its members. This study aims to understand which types of experiences with facilitators and other group members are helpful for participants. Further, the study explores what may have contributed to helpful experiences as well as the perceived effect of those moments on the lives of the group therapy participants. With a better understanding of transformational moments, therapists will be more likely to facilitate transformational experiences in group settings. This study used a qualitative method of semi-structured interviews with group therapists that have at least twenty years of experience. Nine group therapists participated in the study; each provided a case example of an experience that occurred in the therapy groups they facilitate, which they believe was transformational for a member. The significant themes that arose from the interviews conducted revealed that transformational moments often involve members taking interpersonal risks; members being authentic and honest with one another; and therapists being supportive and encouraging of direct and open communication. Therapists also viewed their role at times as redirecting the interpersonal approach of members to insure that people were not overwhelmed or harmed by the open communication with one another. The therapists interviewed believe that being in a community where the focus is joining together to be deeply known and to deeply understand others are important elements in allowing transformational experiences to take place.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Yair Kramer
CollectionGraduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.