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An Encounter group is a form of group psychotherapy that emerged with the popularization of humanistic psychology in the 1960s. The work of Carl Rogers (founding father of person centered counseling) is central to this move away from psychoanalytic groups towards the humanistic encounter group
Such groups (also called "T" (training) groups and "sensitivity training" groups) explored new models of interpersonal communication and the intensification of psychological experience. The first groups were experimental efforts by health researchers and workers, trying to move away from the "sickness" groupwork model used in the psychiatric industries of the time. In later years, these pioneering groups evolved into educational and treatment schemes for non-psychiatric people.
Similar to most therapeutic, educational and treatment tools in the human resource industries, the treatment staff, researchers, writers and clients of these groups tended to be YAVIS persons: Young Attractive Verbal Intelligent Successful.[How to reference and link to summary or text]
A commercialized strand of the encounter group movement developed into Large Group Awareness Training.
- Encounter Groups, Carl Rogers, 1970
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