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.
"The writing is clear and clean....That this excellence is maintained throughout a book by three different authors is a tribute to the quality of the collaboration. Difficult concepts are explained well and in depth, but without oversimplification. Clinical examples are used copiously throughout and invariably richly illustrate the point under discussion while avoiding extraneous details. The organization of the book is outstanding. Chapters end with a summary of a paragraph or two detailing the key points covered in the main text. The flow from chapter to chapter is smooth, but each chapter stands on its own and can be consulted beneficially if the reader has a specific question....A particular strength (and remarkable achievement) of the book is that if offers something for everyone, from the novice to the highly experienced. Complicated issues, which would challenge the most experienced of group therapists, are also extensively discussed. Working with patients with difficult character disorders is examined at length and illustrated by many helpful clinical examples. Dealing with the disruptive group member, always a challenge, is covered....There is no doubt that the fourth edition of Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy by Rutan, Stone, and Shay is an essential part of the library of every group psychotherapist. This is an excellent book." -International Journal of Group Psychotherapy
"Can you improve on a classic? The answer is a resounding yes, judging by this fourth edition by Rutan and Stone, now accompanied by Shay. This is a lively, pragmatic book that nonetheless does not sacrifice the theoretical and historical depth of the prior work. It is a book for both the beginner and the expert, one that is user friendly, wise, and scholarly, and that draws on decades of expertise. I can hardly wait to recommend this book to my psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and their supervisors." -Anne Alonso, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"This is the definitive textbook on psychodynamic group psychotherapy. Everyone conducting groups should read this book. Practical and scholarly, it contains the wisdom of seasoned clinicians who share their knowledge of 'why' and 'how-to.' Whatever your orientation, this book provides roots from which to grow as a group leader. The richness and depth of the material is outstanding." -Judith S. Tellerman, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago
"A truly up-to-date edition of a standard textbook in the field, this volume informs the clinician about both theory and practice. It incorporates the breadth of psychoanalytic theory, from classical thinking to newer psychodynamic models that incorporate attachment theory, intersubjectivity, relational theory, and mentalization. The new chapter on frequently asked questions is a virtual 'everything you wanted to know about groups but were afraid to ask.' This book is a 'must' for every clinician's library." -Howard D. Kibel, MD, Department of Psychiatry, New York Medical College
"Both new and experienced group therapists will welcome this book for its rich insights into all the major aspects of group therapy, from member selection to termination. The many case examples beautifully illustrate practice principles; notable among them is the extended record of a session with commentary by each author." -Charles Garvin, PhD, School of Social Work (Emeritus), University of Michigan
1. Groups in Today's 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
About the Authors:
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, 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.