A group therapist perspective on self-help groups.

  title={A group therapist perspective on self-help groups.},
  author={Morton A. Lieberman},
  journal={International journal of group psychotherapy},
  volume={40 3},
The author provides an overview of self-help groups in terms of their origins, growth, scope, and effectiveness, and then compares these groups with professionally conducted psychotherapy groups. A framework for evaluating group helping systems is proposed which includes five principal dimensions: the helping group as a social microcosm; technological complexity/simplicity; psychological distance/closeness between helper and helpee; specificity/generality of help methods; and differentiation… CONTINUE READING