Below are several benefits that counselors and client’s enjoy through par­ ticipation in a group experience. The group setting can

provide fellowship,

teach listening skills,

provide a sense of belonging,

parallel real-life situations, 77

develop rapid intimate relationships,

provide opportunities for peer confrontation,

conform participants to positive peer-group norms,

provide encouragement and praise from other group members,

provide a safe place to experiment with new behaviors,

provide an opportunity to confront the bias of a counselor in safety,

facilitate group interaction and other social skills,

provide positive and negative feedback from other group members,

meet the needs of a specific age group or those with a specific disorder,

decrease prejudice by learning of similarities with others, and

relieve feelings of personal isolation (especially helpful for sexual abuse victims and teen mothers).