Chapter 22

Group Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents: Key Issues

Eric P. van Schoor, Ph.D., Kristen Schmidt, Ph.D., and Harinder S. Ghuman, M.D.


The origins of child group psychotherapy may be traced to Alfred Adler’s work in Vienna, Austria, and the development of the Child Guidance movement. In the United States, Aichom and Redl pioneered a psychoanalytic approach to group therapy with adolescents. Helen Durkin, working in 1937 at the Brooklyn Child Guidance Center, applied John Levy’s “Relationship Therapy” to a children’s play therapy group. This method involved interpretation of how children played, engaged with each other, and related to the therapist in dealing with their conflicts. Slavson ...

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