Term of Graduation

January 2021

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Group psychotherapy, Group relations training



Physical Description

1 online resource (55 pages)


An attempt is made to present a model of group therapy for Lower-Socio-Economic-Status (LSES) clients. The theoretical issues include a definition of traditional group therapy along with a brief description of the more recent sensitivity training approaches. A rationale for combining these two different group approaches is presented to form the model for action-oriented group therapy (ACT groups) which utilizes both the traditional approach and action techniques of the sensitivity group. It is proposed that this hybrid, the AOT group, is more appropriate for treating the LSES client. The needs and expectations of the LSES client are discussed. The goals of the ACT group are to increase coping ability through increased awareness of self and others, and finding alternative behaviors to problems. A methodology tor AOT groups is presented and includes planned action techniques which are used in combination with discussion. The methodology of ACT is described in detail from the initial planning stages to the three major phases of treatment, i.e. beginning, middle, and termination. The specific techniques are listed and described along with a rating scale for the leader to evaluate techniques. Specific ideas for research are suggested.


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"A practicum submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work, Portland State University."

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