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Video: Focused Brief Group Therapy – A Practice Based Evidence Approach to Reducing Interpersonal Distress

Martyn Whittingham, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Focused Brief Group Therapy – The Joseph P. Powers Memorial Lecture

Focused brief group therapy is an integrative interpersonal process group approach designed to reduce interpersonal distress in less than eight sessions. It integrates assessment into treatment transparently, working with the patient in pregroup sessions to promote the working alliance and improve outcomes. It is semi-structured, allowing a blend of evidence-based principles to be combined with the art of therapy. The model measures outcomes locally, allowing therapists to make adjustments in real time, maximizing patient outcomes and preventing premature dropout.

Presentation highlights include:

  • Review of the role of assessment in focused brief group therapy
  • Discussion of the role of evidence based relationships in group therapy
  • Explanation of how the interpersonal circumplex can be used to focus treatment
December 5, 2019

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