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An early development in group therapy was the T-group or training group (sometimes also referred to as sensitivity-training group, human relations training group or encounter group), a form of group psychotherapy where participants (typically, between eight and 15 people) learn about themselves (and about small group processes in general) through their interaction with each other.

They use feedback, problem solving, and role play to gain insights into themselves, others, and groups.

It was pioneered in the mid-1940s by Kurt Lewin and Carl Rogers and his colleagues as a method of learning about human behavior in what became the National Training Laboratories (also known as the NTL Institute) that was created by the Office of Naval Research and the National Education Association in Bethel, Maine, in 1947.

Another recent development in the theory and method of group psychotherapy based on an integration of systems thinking is Yvonne Agazarian's Systems Centered Therapy (SCT), which sees groups functioning within the principles of system dynamics.Her method of "functional subgrouping" introduces a method of organizing group communication so it is less likely to react counterproductively to differences.SCT also emphasizes the need to recognize the phases of group development and the defenses related to each phase in order to best make sense and influence group dynamics.The founders of group psychotherapy in the USA were Joseph H. All three of them were active and working at the East Coast in the first half of the 20th century.After World War II, group psychotherapy was further developed by Jacob L.

Moreno, Samuel Slavson, Hyman Spotnitz, Irvin Yalom, and Lou Ormont.

Yalom's approach to group therapy has been very influential not only in the USA but across the world.

Group psychotherapy or group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group.

The term can legitimately refer to any form of psychotherapy when delivered in a group format, including cognitive behavioural therapy or interpersonal therapy, but it is usually applied to psychodynamic group therapy where the group context and group process is explicitly utilised as a mechanism of change by developing, exploring and examining interpersonal relationships within the group.

The broader concept of group therapy can be taken to include any helping process that takes place in a group, including support groups, skills training groups (such as anger management, mindfulness, relaxation training or social skills training), and psychoeducation groups.

The differences between psychodynamic groups, activity groups, support groups, problem-solving and psycoeducational groups have been discussed by psychiatrist Charles Montgomery.