Adaptation to Loss Through Short-term Group Psychotherapy

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For clinicians working with individuals who suffer from pathological grief, this volume integrates theory, practice, and research to describe a time-limited, interpretive group therapy approach.
The volume begins with a review of epidemiological data, an examination of specific issues such as the distinction between normal and abnormal reactions to loss, and a summary of major psychoanalytic theories of pathological grief. Also discussed are societal changes that have affected the resources available to loss patients. Then, a step-by-step description of the Short-Term Group Therapy Program is provided. It includes patient selection and preparation, group composition, and therapist technique. Clinical material illustrates themes and roles as they evolve from the beginning of treatment through termination. The clinical trial research that was conducted as part of the program is described in detail and its main outcome findings are discussed. In addition, results concerning the patient characteristic known as psychological mindedness and the process variable known as psychodynamic work are presented. Finally, the book addresses future directions concerning the group treatment of loss patients.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Extent of Person Losses and
7
Conceptual Questions
13
Available Resources for Those Who Have
30
Group Composition and Therapist Technique
63
A Clinical Illustration of a ShortTerm
79
Research Evaluations of Group Interventions
139
Outcome Findings
146
Psychological Mindedness and
169
Conclusions and Future Directions
191
References
201
Author Index
211
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William E. Piper, Ph.D. is Professor and Co-director of the Psychotherapy Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta. He is also Associate Director of the Program Evaluation and Research in the Division of External Psychiatric Services, University of Alberta Hospitals.

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