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Small, Large and Median Groups: The Work of Patrick de Mare
Lenn, Rachel and Karen Stefano (Eds)
Routledge | a Karnac book / Softcover / 2012-03-01 / 1780490151
Psychoanalysis & Groups, Organisations / Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
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This book is a remarkable tribute to the memory of Pat de Mare. It contains a selection of his work that represents his different understanding of groups, both large and small, that has not only had a significant impact on the practice of group in his life time, but also a potential for revolutionizing current thinking both now and in the future.

The collection is organized into four sections on the small, median and large groups. Each section is introduced by some of de Mare's closest friends and colleagues. These introductions are not only invaluable preparation for reading the articles that follow, but are also a poignant tribute to the writers’ lives, work, their thinking and the happiness that came from their close relationship with de Mare.

Reviews & Endorsements:

“Is there a difference between the dynamics of small, large, and median groups? Pat de Maré convinces us that there is. In this book, we follow how he developed his ideas about groups, starting from small groups at Northfield, moving to introducing large groups at the Group Analytic Society’s conferences, and finally focusing on Median Groups – his truly creative invention. The editors of this book beautifully organised de Maré’s writing and added illuminating introductions by people who knew him and followed his steps. Through their editing, the ideas and personality of a true pioneer of groups emerges.”
- Haim Weinberg, PhD, International Program Director , The Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento, California

“The editors of this remarkable book should be praised for the extraordinary idea of presenting Patrick de Maré, one of the most profound and original thinkers in the field of understanding groups and their dynamics. His ground-breaking professional activity is offered through the evolution of his ideas about small group, than large group, and finally the median group. The special value of this book is represented by the comments of his splendid collaborators and followers. This book is a “must” for all who are cultivating an interest in groups, especially in this era of globalisation.”
- Professor Ivan Urlic, Medical School , University of Split, Croatia

“Pat’s work is ground-breaking and mind-blowing, considering its implications for the management of hatred in groups. In this marvel of a book, it is not just Pat’s deeply felt scholarship and scholarly references, nor just the “Koinonic” experience awaiting the readers, but for a single, significant reframing of the understanding of the dynamics of aggression and hatred that might permanently change the practice of group.”
- Yvonne Agazarian, EdD, FAPA, DFAGPA, CGP, clinical professor, Postdoctoral Program in Group Psychotherapy , Adelphi University, New York, from the Preface

Table of Contents:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
SERIES EDITOR’S FOREWORD
PREFACE by Yvonne Agazarian

INTRODUCTION: Rachel Lenn and Karen Stefano

PART I: SMALL GROUPS
Introduction to small groups, Malcolm Pines
CHAPTER ONE: Some theoretical concepts in group analytic psychotherapy, Patrick de Maré
CHAPTER TWO: Michael Foulkes and the Northfield experiment, Patrick de Maré
CHAPTER THREE: Major Bion, Patrick de Maré
CHAPTER FOUR: Non-transference elements in group analytic psychotherapy, Patrick de Maré

PART II: LARGE GROUPS
Introduction to large groups,Lionel Kreeger
CHAPTER FIVE: Large group psychotherapy: a suggested technique, Patrick de Maré
CHAPTER SIX: The politics of large groups, Patrick de Maré
CHAPTER SEVEN: Koinonia: a historical note, Patrick de Maré
CHAPTER EIGHT: Large group perspectives, Patrick de Maré

PART III: MEDIAN GROUPS
Introduction to median groups, Rocco Pisani
CHAPTER NINE: The development of the median group, Patrick de Maré
CHAPTER TEN: The median group and the psyche, Patrick de Maré
CHAPTER ELEVEN: The median group, Patrick de Maré
CHAPTER TWELVE: The millennium and the median group, Patrick de Maré
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: The larger group as a meeting of minds: a philosophical understanding, Patrick de Maré and Roberto Schöllberger

EPILOGUE, Dick Blackwell
ADDENDA
AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Patrick de Maré
THE TECHNIQUE OF GROUP WORK, Basil Beaumont
INDEX

About the Editors:

Rachel Lenn is a psychologist in private practice in Potomac, Maryland where she works with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She is also a consultant to government agencies, educational institutions and private corporations. She was a founding member of the Median Group at the Washington School of Psychiatry (2000-2006) following her completion of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute and Advanced Group Psychotherapy Program. She is a member of the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists, the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the American Psychological Association. She is an alumna of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC and a former board member of The Washington Society for Jungian Psychology.

Karen Stefano is a practicing psychotherapist and bioenergetic analyst. She is co-founder of DuVersity, a non-profit, educational organization through which she has convened Median Groups in the US, the UK, Mexico and China. She is a graduate of the Washington School of Psychiatry, National Group Psychotherapy Institute and the Analytic-Somatic Psychotherapy Program in Berkley, California. She is a member of the American and International Group Psychotherapy Associations and the American Counseling Association. She is also an artist and leads art therapy groups drawing on the synergy of group psychotherapy and expressive arts therapies. She is in private practice in Charles Town, West Virginia and works with individuals, couples, families and groups.

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