Contributions of Self Psychology to Group Psychotherapy: Selected Papers

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Karnac Books, Jan 1, 2009 - Psychology - 253 pages
Stone's central interests include the development of the self, empathy, narcissism, shame, envy, rage and the group-self. He is concerned with several aspects of clinical technique and is especially sensitive to our co-creation of so-called "difficult patients". His understanding of dreams as both personal and group products which manifest visual narratives will be of particular interest to students of the social and collective unconscious. Stone's work with narcissistic and borderline patients developed in parallel with his work with the chronically mentally ill, who are often institutionalised. He demonstrates that group therapy for such patients is not only a matter of containment and holding in the service of administrative control, but also involves interpretative work based on an understanding of the primary need for a good enough self-object.
 

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Walter N. Stone has practiced group psychotherapy for more than 40 years and has written three books and more than 60 articles about group theory and practice. He was director of group training at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychiatry, for 30 years. His involvement with the American Group Psychotherapy Association and International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Dynamics has enabled him to have a breadth and depth of exposure to the treatment modality. His work has been recognized nationally and internationally as providing an additional lens in which to view working in groups.

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