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Psychosocial support for medically ill patients is rapidly becoming an integral part of treatment in hospitals and clinics worldwide, yet no comprehensive resources are available for clinicians on the practice and benefits of group therapy in medical settings. Filling a crucial gap, this timely volume presents state of the art information and detailed therapeutic models for a wide range of group interventions across a variety of life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and coronary disease, as well as...
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Overview

Psychosocial support for medically ill patients is rapidly becoming an integral part of treatment in hospitals and clinics worldwide, yet no comprehensive resources are available for clinicians on the practice and benefits of group therapy in medical settings. Filling a crucial gap, this timely volume presents state of the art information and detailed therapeutic models for a wide range of group interventions across a variety of life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and coronary disease, as well as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and substance abuse. In clearly written chapters bolstered by the latest findings in the field, experienced group leaders and researchers demonstrate the efficacy of their time-and cost-effective methods for improving patients' quality of life and physical health.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Sara J. Knight, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: his book focuses on the use of therapy groups for patients with illness and health-related problems. In its introductory chapter, it details conceptual issues and practical concerns in design of groups for medical patients. The remaining six chapters consider groups used in the treatment of a variety of health and illness problems, including HIV, cancer, and substance abuse. Each chapter provides a thorough description of group content and process and presents empirical evidence for the efficacy of group therapy.
Purpose: Evolving from a symposium presented at an annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the editor's purpose was to bring together the foremost clinician researchers working with therapy groups in medical illness. The authors attempt to provide a comprehensive view of the clinical methods involved in their studies of therapy groups — a rare find in the literature. Each chapter aims to integrate research data on the psychological, social, physiological, and health outcomes of groups.
Audience: Directed toward practitioners and scientist practitioners, the book is relevant to psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, and chaplains. Students and experienced practitioners will find the book understandable and useful. The authors are highly credible and are leaders in behavioral medicine.
Features: Many tables and figures supplement the text. The introductory chapter, in particular, contains a large number of tables and figures on the conceptual basis for group work in health and illness. The authors make excellent use of case material. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents and index are well organized and clear.
Assessment: This is an outstanding reference that would be a valuable addition to medical, behavioral, and social science libraries. Students, interns, and experienced professionals will likely find the description of group content and process enlightening. Scientists interested in expanding upon the findings of these authors will appreciate the detail of clinical methods.
From the Publisher

"...is a valuable resource for mental health professionals who provide group therapy services to patients in medical settings. ...this volume is a valuable contribution to a much neglected arena." --Beverly V. Currence, PhD, Readings

"The validity of psychosocial group therapy as a treatment modality for the medically ill has been established for a growing number of illnesses during the past decade. These psychosocial interventions have been shown to improve both physical health and quality of life either as stand alone regimens or as part of a comprehensive treatment package also involving pharmacological and/or surgical approaches. In the present volume James Spira has assembled several of the most innovative clinician-scientists, whose work on group-based psychosocial treatment of potentially devastating disorders has pioneered progress in this important area. The volume provides well-written, thoughtful accounts of major group therapy programs that have proved successful in treating patients with medical illnesses." --Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D., James T. Knight Professor of Psychology, Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Miami

"I was delighted to review the contents and overview of this text, since I believe there is no other book that is devoted to this topic. Indeed, and there are few books in health psychology at all that combine detailed clinical methodology with solid reviews of the relevant research literature.

"This book serves as an excellent example of the researcher-clinician model. Each author is an established clinician who has also clearly demonstrated the efficacy of the clinical methods for improving quality of life and physical health in patients. While certainly not exhaustive, the authors have been carefully selected to represent a range of effective approaches for a variety of illnesses and health-related behaviors.

"The clarity of writing and the in-depth coverage of the material found in this text make it stand out from other books in the area. The volume will serve as a basic comprehensive textbook in courses on health psychology, group therapy, and psychotherapy. In addition, it is of great value for the seasoned therapist, counselor, and educator. This is a 'must' for any psychotherapist who leads groups for persons with chronic illness or behavior disorders related to health." --Suzanne M. Miller, PhD, Director, Health and Coping Research Center, A Division of Fox Chase Cancer Center

"Various kinds of psychological therapy will eventually become routine in the treatment of chronic physical' illness. Spira's book is the first volume I have seen that is dedicated entirely to what is likely to be one of the chief modes--group psychological therapy." --Alastair J. Cunningham, Advances in Mind-Body Medicine

Sara J. Knight
his book focuses on the use of therapy groups for patients with illness and health-related problems. In its introductory chapter, it details conceptual issues and practical concerns in design of groups for medical patients. The remaining six chapters consider groups used in the treatment of a variety of health and illness problems, including HIV, cancer, and substance abuse. Each chapter provides a thorough description of group content and process and presents empirical evidence for the efficacy of group therapy. Evolving from a symposium presented at an annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the editor's purpose was to bring together the foremost clinician researchers working with therapy groups in medical illness. The authors attempt to provide a comprehensive view of the clinical methods involved in their studies of therapy groups — a rare find in the literature. Each chapter aims to integrate research data on the psychological, social, physiological, and health outcomes of groups. Directed toward practitioners and scientist practitioners, the book is relevant to psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, and chaplains. Students and experienced practitioners will find the book understandable and useful. The authors are highly credible and are leaders in behavioral medicine. Many tables and figures supplement the text. The introductory chapter, in particular, contains a large number of tables and figures on the conceptual basis for group work in health and illness. The authors make excellent use of case material. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents and index are well organized and clear. This is an outstandingreference that would be a valuable addition to medical, behavioral, and social science libraries. Students, interns, and experienced professionals will likely find the description of group content and process enlightening. Scientists interested in expanding upon the findings of these authors will appreciate the detail of clinical methods.
Booknews
Describes various approaches for using group therapy to help improve quality of life for medically ill patients. Contains sections on preventing onset and recurrence of illness, coping with life- threatening illness, and treating behaviors that interfere with health, with chapters on cognitive-behavioral interventions for patients with HIV, existential therapy for advanced breast cancer, and interactive group therapy for substance abusers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572301689
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author


James L. Spira, Ph.D., M.P.H, a licensed psychologist and educator, received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, and post-doctoral training in psychiatry from Stanford University. The author of dozens of publications in health psychology, he has served on the faculty of Duke University, where he was director in the Program of Health Psychology. He is currently Director of the Institute for Health Psychology in San Diego, leads groups at Scripps Clinic and Research Institute, and is consultant for the American Psychological Association Group Psychotherapy demonstration project for women with breast cancer.

Dr. Spira is author of several books, including Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder (Guilford, 1996), and the upcoming Existential Psychotherapy for Illness and Loss (American Psychological Association Press, due late 1997).

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Table of Contents


I. Introduction
1. Understanding and Developing Psychotherapy Groups for Medically Ill Patients, James L. Spira
II. Preventing Onset and Recurrence of Illness
2. Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Reducing Distress, Modifying Immunological Changes, and Influencing Survival in Persons with HIV, Michael H. Antoni
3. Reducing Coronary Recurrences and Coronary-Prone Behavior: A Structured Group Format,
Carl E. Thoresen & Paul Bracke
III. Coping with Life-Threatening Illness
4. Improving Coping and Immunity and Reducing Distress in Patients with Malignant Melanoma through Brief, Coping-Oriented Group Therapy, Fawzy I. Fawzy, Nancy W. Fawzy, Christine S. Hyun, & Jennifer G. Wheeler
5. Existential Group Therapy for Breast Cancer and Other Life-Threatening Illnesses, James L. Spira
IV. Treating Behaviors that Interfere with Health
6. Group Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating, Denise E. Wilfley, Carlos M. Grilo, and Judith Rodin
7. Interactive Group Therapy for Substance Abusers, Robert Matano, Irving Yalom, and Kim Schwartz
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2001

    An excellent book for clinicians and students

    I first came upon this book after a seminar I took with Dr. Spira at the American Psychological Association annual meeting. It has served me very well in developing groups for a range of medically ill patients, and I've used it as a textbook in courses for graduate students. I highly recomend this for any clinician or teacher.

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