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Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy
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Rutan (Boston Institute for Psychotherapy) et al. describe the process of setting up therapy groups and how to make them work. They begin with the history of group therapy and discuss group dynamics, therapeutic factors, mechanisms and processes of change, and the process, from forming a group and patient selection to the role of the therapist, difficult patients, and termination. A new chapter contains answers to frequently asked questions. The chapter containing a case example has been expanded with commentary from a new author, Joseph Shay. This edition has also been updated with current clinical and conceptual developments and additional examples. Both authors and subjects are indexed. Graduate students and residents in clinical psychology, psychiatry, counseling, social work, and related fields are the audience for the book. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This widely adopted text and clinical reference covers the "whats," "whys," and "how-tos" of setting up therapy groups and making them work. Coverage includes mechanisms and processes of change, patient selection, leadership issues, combining groups with other forms of treatment, and dealing with "difficult" patients.
This widely adopted text and clinical reference covers the "whats," "whys," and "how-tos" of setting up therapy groups and making them work. Coverage includes mechanisms and processes of change, patient selection, leadership issues, combining groups with other forms of treatment, and dealing with "difficult" patients. One of the text's most popular features is a chapter-length case illustration with commentary from each author.
Regarded as the definitive practitioner reference and text, this accessible work addresses all aspects of setting up therapy groups and making them work. A wealth of clinical material illustrates the components of effective group therapy and the mechanisms and processes of change. Practical topics discussed include patient selection and preparation, leadership issues, communication of affect in groups, dealing with "difficult" patients, time-limited groups, and facilitating successful terminations. A chapter-length case example with commentary from each author brings an entire group session to life and explores ways to handle common dilemmas.
New to This Edition
*Incorporates current theory (psychodynamic and interpersonal), which is grounded in clinical and neurobiological research
*Every chapter revised and updated.
*Chapter-length case example is entirely new.
*Chapter on Frequently Asked Questions includes many new issues.
About the Author
J. Scott Rutan, PhD, is a past president and Distinguished Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. He founded the Center for Group Psychotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital and was a cofounder of the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. Having left his long-time position on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rutan is now a senior faculty member at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy.
Walter N. Stone, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Currently, he is a clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a Distinguished Fellow and past president of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and past chair of the Group Psychotherapy Foundation. Dr. Stone's broad-ranging interests in group psychotherapy include the application of self psychology and dynamic treatment of chronically mentally ill persons. He has published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and books relevant to group training, dynamics, and psychotherapy, including Group Psychotherapy for People with Chronic Mental Illness.
Joseph J. Shay, PhD, CGP, is on the staff of the joint McLean Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital training program and is an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Formerly, he was the director of psychological services and training at a private treatment clinic in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Shay has published numerous articles and book chapters and has coedited, with Joan Wheelis, Odysseys in Psychotherapy and, with Lise Motherwell, Complex Dilemmas in Group Therapy.
Table of Contents
1. Groups in Todays Society
2. History of Small-Group Theory and Practice
3. Group Dynamics and Group Development
4. Therapeutic Factors in Group Psychotherapy
5. Mechanisms and Processes of Change
6. Forming a Group
7. Patient Selection
8. Patient Preparation and the Group Agreements
9. The Role of the Group Therapist
10. Beginning the Group
11. Special Leadership Issues
12. Expressions of Affect in Group Psychotherapy
13. The Therapeutic Process: A Clinical Illustration
14. Difficult Groups and Difficult Patients
15. Time-Limited Psychodynamic Groups
16. Termination in Group Psychotherapy
17. Frequently Asked Questions
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