Evidence-based group psychotherapy: using AGPA's practice guidelines to enhance clinical effectiveness

J Clin Psychol. 2008 Nov;64(11):1238-60. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20531.


Practice guidelines represent a useful approach to facilitate the delivery of evidence-based mental health care. In this article, we detail group psychotherapy practice guidelines developed by the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). Combining the research literature with expert consensus, the AGPA has created a resource that should prove useful for psychotherapists, administrators, and patients. We illustrate the guidelines through a series of clinical dilemmas and challenges.

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Practice*
  • Health Services Research
  • Patient Selection
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Psychotherapy, Group*
  • Treatment Outcome