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Basics of Group Psychotherapy

Edited by Harold S. Bernard and K. Roy MacKenzie

August 5, 1994
ISBN 9780898621174
Price: $43.00 $32.25
224 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

“The editors are quite clear: 'Our intent is to focus on specific skills—on the nuts-and-bolts issues involved in running therapy groups. It is designed as a complementary volume to the standard group psychotherapy textbook.' (p.vii) The editors and six authors joining them are to be congratulated. Beginning group therapies, their supervisors, and the teachers of introductory group work courses will find this a useful volume." “Clinicians undertaking the tasks of forming and sustaining psychotherapy groups seldom have the luxury of being exposed to multiple groups. Many practical problems arise as they embark upon this enterprise. The editors of this book have addressed the everyday problems facing the group therapist. How do you select for groups? What are the practical limitations of selection procedures? Are there distinguishing features between exploratory and supportive group treatment. What should be the therapist's focus? What are danger signs to an individual or to the group? These and many more questions are examined in a clear fashion, with each chapter filled with practical ideas and suggestions highlighting issues pertinent to every group encounter. The numerous examples are addressed in a flexible manner, incorporating group-as-a-whole, interpersonal, and intrapsychic perspectives. The authors practical approach is not without theory, but the emphasis in this pragmatic volume is addressing the everyday problems that perplex beginning and seasoned group therapists alike.”

—Walter N. Stone, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Also, past President of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

“At last, a basic textbook for the teaching of group psychotherapy! This book is a must for all mental health professionals beginning their training in group psychotherapy. The authors in this volume have managed to succinctly and thoroughly address the salient issues of doing group psychotherapy. Present-day dilemmas such as patient and group selections, e.g., the issue of which group for what person at what time are addressed. Difficult situations which have never been explored in the literature, i.e., coping with a group that is diminishing in size, excessive self-disclosure by a group member, and extra-group socializing are explicated with a variety of management options suggested. The necessity for each group psychotherapist to adopt a sound theoretical framework is clearly stated with accompanying detailed and thoughtful examples of various theoretical orientations presented. It is truly a growth step for group psychotherapy that such a basic and fine book finally exists.”

—Bonnie J. Buchele, Ph.D., Director, Group Psychotherapy Service of The Menninger Clinic

“There are a plethora of methodologies in group psychotherapy. A textbook invariably reflects the bias of its author(s). So what is the neophyte to do? How can he or she study a text without being unduly influenced by its source? That dilemma now has a remedy, which is to use this manual. The seven chapters of this volume constitute a frame for study. They address the pragmatics of treatment in a generic sense rather than from the vantage point of any single approach. Multiple authorship has reduced the potential for bias. Here is the ideal companion volume for the fledgling group psychotherapist to use when exploring the literature and while beginning to practice on his or her own.”

—Howard D. Kibel, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College; Director of Group Psychotherapy, Westchester County Medical Center

“The text deals with practical, clinical issues in a theoretically consistent manner.”

—Joseph C. Kobos, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

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