A practical and balanced guide to effective group therapy
In this up-to-date text, Dr. Virginia Brabender provides balanced coverage of the major treatment approaches and provides a solid background of both why and how effective group therapy is practiced. Writing in a conversational style augmented with many instructive case studies, she covers the key aspects of group therapy, from group planning to termination, and all points in between. Providing a balance of theory, contemporary applications, and personal insight, Dr. Brabender explores four major treatment approaches–interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and problem-solving–and weighs their various advantages and disadvantages in treating a range of problems in a variety of settings.
Introduction to Group Therapy:
Covers all practical aspects of planning, organizing, and managing a therapy group
Summarizes the latest research into group therapy theory and practice
Addresses mistakes commonly made by therapists new to group therapy and offers expert advice on how to avoid making them
Describes how therapists can be effective in short-term group therapy
Explores legal and ethical issues that can arise in group therapy
Provides self-assessment methods along with proven solutions for refining techniques
Presents empirically validated strategies for handling difficult patient populations–such as acute inpatient clients–and treatment settings, including correctional facilities
Goals of Group Therapy.
SECTION TWO: CHANGE PROCESSES.
Development of the Group.
Mechanisms of Change.
SECTION THREE: ELEMENTS OF GROUP THERAPY.
The Role of the Therapist.
Advance Leadership Issues.
Supporting Features of the Group Design.
Composition, Selection, and Preparation.
The Ethical Practice of Group Therapy.
SECTION FOUR: MODELS OF GROUP THERAPY.
Psychodynamic Group Therapy: An Object-Relations Approach.
The Cognitive-Behavioral Approach.
SECTION FIVE: GROUP THERAPY WITH OTHER MODALITIES.
The Use of Multiple Modalities.
SECTION SIX: CONCLUSIONS.
Effective Group Therapy
VIRGINIA BRABENDER, PhD, is Associate Dean and Director of The Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, in Philadelphia.