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Discuss one or two of the therapeutic factors such as: self-disclosure of the group member or group leader, confrontation, cohesion and universality, hope, willingness to risk and to trust, caring and acceptance, power, catharsis, the cognitive component, commitment to change and humor. Identify which factors you believe to be the most important for the success of the group.

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(a) Cohesion

Cohesion is the most popular of several relationship constructs (e.g., alliance, group climate, group atmosphere) in the clinical and empirical literature on groups, and has evolved to become synonymous with the therapeutic relationship in group psychotherapy (Burlingame, McClendon, & Theobald, 2011). From the perspective of a group member, according to Burlingame et al. (2011), relationships are comprised of three structural components: member-member, member-group, and member-leader. This multi-level definition of cohesion suggests that the term is interpreted from different perspectives based on "broad and diffuse" forces that cause members to remain in the group. For instance, according to Burlingame et al. (2011), factors such as: (a) emotional well-being, (b) self-disclosure, (c) interpersonal liking, and (d) tolerance have been used to measure cohesion.

In addition, an understanding of cohesion is drawn from behavioral descriptions of the term that include: (a) attendance, (b) ...

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The expert examines therapeutic factors as self-disclosure group members.