Difficult Topics in Group Psychotherapy: My Journey from Shame to Courage

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Karnac Books, Jan 1, 2010 - Psychology - 232 pages
This book contains eleven selected papers on difficult topics group therapists encounter in their work. Based on the author's forty years in the field, these papers include the topics of shame, courage, hostility, combined individual and group therapy, money, indirect communication, difficult patients, silence, and the missed session. Written from a psychodynamic orientation with a relational emphasis, they pay special attention to countertransference. An autobiographical introduction to each paper discusses what experiences have led the author to write on each topic. These introductions honor the role that personal experience has played in the evolution of Dr Gan's therapeutic presence.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Shame
1
A much undiscussed topic 2003
20
CHAPTER TWO Hostility
41
CHAPTER THREE Broaching the subject of group therapy
63
CHAPTER FOUR Money
79
CHAPTER FIVE Indirect communication
103
CHAPTER SIX Difficult patients
127
CHAPTER SEVEN Silence
147
CHAPTER EIGHT The missed session
167
CHAPTER NINE Courage
187
The courage of the group therapist 2008
206
EPILOGUE
221
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Jerome Gans is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate in Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has been leading, supervising, and teaching about group therapy for forty years. He has published widely on group and individual therapy, psychological aspects of physical rehabilitation, liaison psychiatry and psychotherapy and literature.

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