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About the Video:
In group therapy, individuals immediately rely on their prior attachment experiences to understand group processes and cope with the feelings the group elicits. Internal representations of self and others, as well as emotion-regulating strategies, are all automatically triggered in the group.
To help clients work effectively with these automatic thoughts and feelings the group leader tries to create a safe environment where individuals can explore these implicit attachment-based processes as they are activated. Regardless of the issues group members present with, the format of the group, or the theory supporting the group interventions, leading a group is often challenging because there are many internal and interpersonal dynamics influencing the process at any one point in time.
In this video, Dr. Cheri L. Marmarosh conducts a brief pre-session screening with an individual client, then shows how she applies attachment theory in the group's first interaction, demonstrating how individuals with different attachment histories may navigate their initial experience in a group.
About the Therapist:
Cheri L. Marmarosh, PhD, is an associate professor of professional psychology at the George Washington University, a fellow of APA Division 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) and APA Division 49 (Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), and a licensed psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC.
She has taught group psychotherapy for more than 20 years, taught a course applying attachment to psychotherapy for 10 years, and has published more than 40 empirical and theoretical articles that focus on how group and individual psychotherapy facilitate change. She is currently an associate editor of Psychotherapy and the past associate editor of Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice. She is currently on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy and The Journal of Counseling Psychology.
Dr. Marmarosh is the lead author of two books, Attachment in Group Psychotherapy (2013, American Psychological Association) and Groups: Fostering a Culture of Change (2013, Sage Publications).