What does encounter group mean?

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Noun
  1. (dated, psychotherapy) An gathering of people who intentionally meet and interact so that each member may improve his or her ability both to express feelings and to react with appropriate sensitivity to the feelings of others.
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Instead, increasingly it operates as a sort of soggy electronic encounter group.
Later they encounter group favourites Al Rayyan on Saturday.
The encounter group, a general descriptive term, is intended to include many variants.
I was torn between running an encounter group and running Poetry Project.
There also would be value in doing encounter group work in the first year.
I'm not talking about a touchy-feely encounter group approach or a hand-holding session.

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