ABSTRACT

In authors development of the method, which they call focused group therapy (FGT) and which is based on the principles of group therapy, they found that it is particularly helpful to identify an individual focus for the treatment. The individual focus in FGT is formulated in cooperation with the patient during the preparatory interviews. In this chapter, the authors combine MacKenzie's second and third stages (the differentiation stage and the interpersonal stage) as the "interaction stage". The group leader should review the group focus by reading it aloud and by recalling that it was discussed in the preparatory interviews as an expression of the group's purpose and possibilities. The goal of the engagement stage in FGT is to create a degree of group cohesion that is sufficient to facilitate the transition from a group of unique individuals to a group of individuals united around some shared condition or situation.