Group Psychology is an area of mental health specialties that prepares group leaders to identify and capitalize on developmental and healing possibilities embedded in individual group members’ interpersonal functioning to benefit a group.
In such settings, the emphasis is on group dynamics and the role of individuals and leaders in a group, and how they treat and address individual members.
Group-based psychology is suitable for children and adults, various conditions and concerns, and numerous and diverse settings.
Group psychology helps addresses problems, issues, or concerns within several settings addressed by the group, including emotional and mental disorders, behavioral problems and concerns, interpersonal relating and communications difficulties, life transitions, support and development of coping and managing skills development for conditions, and trauma, crisis, and even stress.
The assessment process includes individual assessment and group assessment. According to the American Psychological Association, individual assessment emphasizes assessing the individual’s appropriateness for the particular group, “such as level of interpersonal skills and the capacity to engage in group process, and psychological assessment of issues, motivation, diagnoses and similar issues related to successful outcomes.”
Group assessment includes evaluating factors for those in the group, including climate, cohesion, dynamics, and how people in the potential group relate.
The intervention promotes positive changes for emotional, cognitive, relational, and physical well-being using evidence-based strategies. Integration of theories, such as interpersonal, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and commitment therapy (ACT), is applied to conditions, issues, and concerns.
Consultation includes specialists in group psychology providing consultation with other health professionals, medical hospitals, military, and veteran’s facilities, schools, business, sports and athletic professionals, rehabilitation facilities, and religious and churches.