Concise Guide to Group Psychotherapy

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American Psychiatric Pub, 1989 - Medical - 169 pages

This guide examines the unique therapeutic value of group psychotherapy. Written for the clinician in need of concise, clinically relevant information, this book discusses how the patient-patient and the patient-therapist interactions in a group setting can affect changes in maladaptive behavior.

 

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Contents

WHAT IS GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY?
1
The Clinical Relevance of Group Psychotherapy
5
Efficiency of Group Psychotherapy
6
Unique Properties of Group Psychotherapy
7
References
10
WHAT MAKES GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY WORK?
11
A Complex and Powerful Therapeutic Factor
18
Forces Which Modify the Therapeutic Factors
26
Subgrouping
63
Managing Conflict in the Group
65
Problem Patients
69
References
82
TECHNIQUES OF THE GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPIST
83
Using Transference and Transparency
94
Using Procedural Aids
99
References
108

References
28
BUILDING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR A PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUP
30
Setting and Size of the Group
33
Time Framework of the Group
35
Using a Cotherapist
37
Combining Group Psychotherapy With Other Treatments
40
References
42
CREATING A PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUP
43
Preparing Patients for Group Psychotherapy
47
Building the Culture of the Group
50
References
55
RESOLVING COMMON PROBLEMS IN GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY
56
INPATIENT GROUPS
109
Acute Inpatient Groups
111
Chronic Inpatient Groups
128
References
132
8 OUTPATIENT GROUPS
133
Interpersonal and Dynamic Groups
134
Behaviorally Cognitively and Educationally Oriented Groups
137
Maintenance and Rehabilitation Groups
154
References
159
CONCLUSION
160
Index
161
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About the author (1989)

Irvin D. Yalom was born in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 1931, of parents who immigrated from Russia shortly after World War I. Yalom entered into medical school intent on studying the field of psychiatry. His first writings were scientific contributions to professional journals. His first book, "The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy" was widely used as a text for training therapists. It has been translated into twelve languages and spawned four editions. "Existential Psychotherapy" followed, which was a textbook for a course that did not exist at the time, and then "Inpatient Group Psychotherapy," a guide to leading groups in the inpatient psychiatric ward. In an effort to teach aspects of Existential Therapy, Yalom turned to a literary conveyance and wrote a book of therapy tales called "Love's Executioner", two teaching novels, "When Nietzsche Wept" and "Lying on the Couch" and, "Momma and the Meaning of Life," a collection of true and fictionalized tales of therapy. These books went on to be best sellers, and "When Nietzsche Wept" won the Commonwealth Gold Medal for best fiction of 1993. They have been widely translated,each into about fifteen to twenty languages, and have had considerable distribution abroad.

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