III.F GROUP THERAPY

Effective Date: 
Fri, 08/01/2008
Reviewed: 
Mon, 06/26/2017
Revised: 
Sun, 08/28/2011
Policy: 

Definitions:

Group Therapy- A form of psychotherapy which involves a small group of people and 1 or 2 professionally trained therapists who meet weekly to address  common psychological difficulties  or stressors. Group therapy utilizes the group interaction as the primary intervention. Most groups  meet  weekly  and are open-ended.

Psychoeducational group-Meetings involving a small group of students  and 1 or 2 professionally trained therapists organized around a particular theme or topic.  Groups typically meet on a weekly basis and are closed ended.

Documentation:

Each member of a psychotherapy group should have an individual note in our electronic medical record documenting each group session.  Notes should not include the names or other Protected Health Information (PHI) of any other group members.  Staff are not required to keep a group note but can choose to if they wish, as long as it contains no PHI.

Clinical documentation of psychoeducational groups is not necessary.