Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Jon Frew, PhD, ABPP

Second Advisor

Jay Thomas, PhD, ABPP

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen, PhD, ABPP


This study addresses the question whether lessons can be learned from the group psychotherapy literature to improve leadership development trainings in the workplace. A literature review was conducted to examine cross sections from the group therapy literature and the organizational literature. In addition, information about current leadership development training programs was collected through interviews with four hospital systems. Outcomes from both the literature review and hospital interviews supported the hypothesis that leadership development training programs in the workplace lack core aspects of group therapy theory and practice. The results of this study indicated the most important knowledge to incorporate in future leadership development programs from the group psychotherapy literature pertained to cohesion, interpersonal learning, and insight as well as levels of group process and stages of group development.


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