The Rise and Call of Group Rap Therapy: A Critical Analysis from Its Creator

Alonzo DeCarlo


Since its inception nearly a decade ago, Group Rap Therapy (GRT) as an intervention practice continues to be viewed in the United States with wariness due to its controversial alliance with a music genre that is unpalatable to some practitioners. Yet, its burgeoning global appeal as a creative mental health treatment protocol to researchers and practitioners suggests that this group therapeutic technique is likely to continue to grow. In this article, a historical account of GRT’s beginning and its purpose are highlighted. Critical reflections and analysis about the impact that GRT can have on prospective clients and practitioners are examined. Finally, considerations about refining and advancing the course of GRT are underscored to preserve the veracity of this innovative intervention practice for youth. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)