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A time-limited psychotherapy group model for developing emotional intelligence: the EPIG model for counseling centers

24 July 2000


Counseling centers are experiencing increases in the number of students who
present with severe psychological and emotional discomforts. The increasing
student demands for clinical services poses a challenge for counseling centers
with staff limitations, limited resources, and tight budgets. Counseling centers
are in a position to consider and to adopt alternative and creative strategies in
meeting these demands. Structured, time-limited group psychotherapy is a
viable strategy for meeting these demands but continues to be underutilized in
counseling center settings. The increasing levels of emotional discomfort
among students has moved some writers to challenge counseling centers to
dispense "emotional education" and opportunities for students to develop .
emotional competencies to assist them in managing their emotional lives. The
emotional intelligence framework developed by Peter Salovey and John Mayer
is incorporated into a model of time-limited group psychotherapy answering the
call for counseling centers to provide emotional education while maximizing the
benefits of group psychotherapy. The implications of the Emotional Intelligence
Psychotherapy Group (EIPG) model are discussed along with ethical issues
surrounding multicultural sensitivity and competence in working with students
who have different cultural and familial standards for the experiencing and
expressing of emotion.


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