Using groups to help people achieve personal goals and therapeutic change is an old idea. Indeed, Ettin (1992), in his book Foundations and Applications of Group Psychotherapy: A Sphere of Influence, suggests that Socrates was perhaps the first group psychotherapist. After all, he regularly convened small groups of scholars who sought intellectual, ethical, and interpersonal insights. Even the sage Socrates, however, could not have anticipated the widespread use of groups that exists today. When individuals experience problems in adjustment, in behavior, or in health, they often rely on groups to solve these problems.
Copyright © 1993 Guilford Press. This article first appeared in Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 12:2 (1993), 237-238.
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Forsyth, Donelson R. Review of Foundations and Applications of Group Psychotherapy: A Sphere of Influence, by Mark F. Ettin. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 12, no. 3 (1993): 237-8.