Didactic therapy is based on a small group of individuals, from about 3 to 20, who are led by a teacher providing education through a variety of activities and discussions. Didactic therapy incorporates the use of visuals, explanations, interactive lessons, and stories to stimulate and engage the learner’s mind. Treatment programs often incorporate didactic therapy to allow clients to get to know others through structured, active learning opportunities. Here are some wonderful benefits that you can expect to gain through didactic therapy:


  • Supportive Environment – since didactic therapy is set up like a class, a lot of support is garnered through learning and participation.
  • Rationalized Thinking – didactic therapy seeks to help individuals construct more rational, productive thoughts that are conducive to a happier life, rather than dwelling on past negative experiences or responding with emotional reactivity.
  • Direct Skills Learned – skills often learned in this type of therapy include self-informing, self-educating, relapse prevention strategies, meditation, anger management, and more.
  • Educational Model – just as within a school classroom, a therapist will lead a lecture, often striving to assist individuals with incorporating the information so that it improves their recovery. Lectures typically last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, and group activities/discussions take place immediately afterwards to help clients solidify what they’ve just learned and find practical ways to apply it to their lives.
  • Problem Solving – group discussions often include prompts for individuals to engage in introspection, allowing them to gain insight to their problems.


A 2013 study published in the journal Ped Acta emphasized that each person constructs their own “theories” that are used to evaluate their environment and control their behaviors. By presenting additional information and helping participants to process that information, a person can learn of new perspectives to take on, ultimately leading them to benefit change. The model is described as having an initial worldview, and then changing that worldview upon the processing and adaptation of additional information.

Begin taking a head-start on your understanding of mental illness, addiction, problem solving, coping, and more – participate in didactic therapy today.

Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.

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