This guide examines the unique therapeutic value of group psychotherapy. Written for the clinician in need of concise, clinically relevant information, this book discusses how the patient-patient and the patient-therapist interactions in a group setting can effect changes in maladaptive behavior.
Introduction. Section I: What is Group Therapy? The scope of current group psychotherapy practice. The clinical relevance of group psychotherapy. Efficiency of group psychotherapy. References. Section II: What Makes Group Psychotherapy Work? The therapeutic factors. Interpersonal learning: a complex and powerful therapeutic factor. Forces which modify the therapeutic factors. References. Section III: Building the Foundations for a Psychotherapy Group. Assessing constraints and choosing goals. Setting and size of the group. Time framework of the group. Using a co-therapist. Combining group psychotherapy with other treatments. References. Section IV: Creating a Psychotherapy Group. Selecting patients and composing the group. Preparing patients for group psychotherapy. Building the culture of the group. References. Section V: Resolving Common Problems in Group Psychotherapy. Membership problems. Subgrouping. Managing conflict in the group. Problem patients. References. Section VI: Techniques of the Group Psychotherapist. Working in the here-and-now. Using transference and transparency. Using procedural aids. References. Section VII: Inpatient Groups. Acute inpatient groups. Chronic inpatient groups. References. Section VIII: Outpatient Groups. Interpersonal and dynamic groups. Behaviorally, cognitively, and educationally oriented groups. Maintenance and rehabilitation groups. References. Section IX: Conclusion. Index.