Removing the Roadblocks: Group Psychotherapy with Substance Abusers and Family Members
Based on the author's 18 years of experience supervising group therapists, this quintessentially practical book is designed to help practitioners think through and formulate appropriate strategies in their clinical work. Utilizing many clinical examples, and providing explanations throughout for her interventions, Vannicelli pays special attention to the therapeutic stance - where the clinician positions him or herself in relation to the patient, and why; and how various strategies and techniques maximize the patient's opportunity for therapeutic growth. A hallmark of Dr. Vannicelli's approach, richly illustrated in this work, is her sensitivity to countertransference and the ways it can be used productively in clinical practice.
Designed for all mental health professionals who work with substance abusers, the book's focus on practical clinical issues also makes it ideal for paraprofessionals.
It is an excellent text for courses on substance abuse in social work, psychology, nursing, and other disciplines, as well as for courses in group psychotherapy.
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RATIONALE FOR DYNAMICALLY ORIENTED GROUP
Member Selection and Prescreening
Content and Format
Special Patient Issues in the Pregroup Interview
BEGINNING THE GROUP
GROUP DISTRACTION ACTIVITIES
The Unempathic Response
Group Resistance to New Blood
REMOVING THE ROADBLOCKS WITHIN
The Patients Reluctance to Grow and Go
The Dwindling Patient
The Contract Regarding Abstinence
Need for Outreach
RecoveryRelated Defenses in the Individual Group Member
Disequilibrium Associated with Recovery
I Am Not the Problem
GROUPS FOR ACOAS
Negative SelfView to Preserve Parental Goodness
Integrating Past and Present
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