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Opportunities for development via group psychotherapy in the nursing home

  • Judah L. Ronch
  • Esther Loring Crispi


This paper illustrates the benefits of group therapy within the nursing home, and considers the enhancing and problematic factors in conducting groups within this setting. Growth which empowers staff and residents is possible and can be achieved despite significant challenges and social change. A lifespan developmental perspective can assist residents to achieve their maximum developmental maturity and group therapy can be effective in accomplishing that goal. This paper discusses the effect of the nursing home environment and staff on the resident, the task of the therapist in the nursing home, the value of group therapy, therapeutic goals in group therapy, what precipitates the need for group therapy in nursing homes, and the issue of group therapy with the cognitively impaired.

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nursing homes group therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judah L. Ronch
    • 1
  • Esther Loring Crispi
  1. 1.Executive Park IIPoughkeepsie

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