Group Psychotherapy for Psychological Trauma

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Robert H. Klein, Victor L. Schermer
Guilford Press, May 17, 2000 - Psychology - 364 pages
This indispensable book is designed to help practitioners create, initiate, and maintain therapy groups for traumatized individuals. Written by an array of experienced group therapists, the book addresses general aspects of trauma group therapy as well as issues specific to different populations and clinical problems. Cogent, practical information is provided on such important topics as screening and selecting members, understanding the impact of trauma on group dynamics, managing the effects of flashbacks, addressing dissociative states, working with countertransference reactions, and dealing with clients' emotional crises. Approaches and strategies are discussed for diverse groups, including survivors of sexual and physical abuse, clients with severe medical illnesses, bereaved children, survivors of catastrophic events in the community, victims of political and ethnic persecution, and those with diagnosed mental disorders in which trauma plays a significant role. Filled with illustrative case material, the book offers essential insights and tools for therapists, supervisors, and trainees from a range of orientations.

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Initiating Screening and Maintaining
Management of TraumaRelated Affect
GroupasaWhole Dynamics in Work
Group Psychotherapy for the Symptoms
Group Psychotherapy for Survivors
Group Psychotherapy for Psychological
Group Psychotherapy for Victims
Group Psychotherapy in the Treatment
Group Treatment of Severe Clinical

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About the author (2000)

Robert H. Klein, PhD, CGP, is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, and maintains a private practice in Milford and Westport, Connecticut. He is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

Victor L. Schermer, MA, LPC, CGP, is a psychologist in private practice and clinic settings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and a Consultant for its Disaster Outreach team.

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