The Promise of Group Therapy: How to Build a Vigorous Training and Organizational Base for Group Therapy in Managed Behavioral Healthcare

The Promise of Group Therapy: How to Build a Vigorous Training and Organizational Base for Group Therapy in Managed Behavioral Healthcare

by Bill Roller
     
 

In order to stay competitive, HMOs and other managed care organizations must offer access to mental health treatment that satisfies the needs of the clients and makes sound economic sense. Group therapy is a clinically proven, cost-effective form of treatment that meets both these criteria. That's why under the managed behavioral healthcare system, the use of group

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In order to stay competitive, HMOs and other managed care organizations must offer access to mental health treatment that satisfies the needs of the clients and makes sound economic sense. Group therapy is a clinically proven, cost-effective form of treatment that meets both these criteria. That's why under the managed behavioral healthcare system, the use of group therapy is expected to increase significantly over the next ten years. To meet this demand, Bill Roller outlines for clinicians, managers, and administrators how to make the transition to the widespread use of this proven therapeutic approach. Roller, a practicing clinician and first coordinator of a successful HMO group therapy program, details how to overcome resistance from within the organization and gain the necessary support and enthusiasm to develop an ongoing program that is measurably effective for the client, clinician, and organization.The book shows how to put in place the key organizational elements that are needed to create and sustain a successful group therapy program-one that offers ongoing training and supervision of clinicians, educates patients about the effectiveness of group therapy, and provides a continuing flow of referrals. The book also contains information on such vital issues as how to develop an internal system that promotes referrals from across lines of professional disciplines, train gatekeeper personnel to identify potential group referrals, gain organizational support for all clinicians to facilitate group therapy sessions, and implement the time-tested co-therapy model.The author offers practical advice on training staff members to meet the unique challenges of group therapy. Using illustrative examples, Roller shows how to form groups, select patients, develop-long and short-term goals for group members, and remain flexible within the structure of the group therapy process. He also explores the staffing issues of a model group therapy program and defines

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"In the future psychotherapy will be only 25 percent individual. The remainder will be group psychotherapy, not just because it is more cost- effective, but empirical research is demonstrating that many psychological and medical conditions are more responsive to group rather than individual approaches. This book anticipates this trAnd and is must reading for all psychotherapists and administrators who are designing behavioral health delivery systems, or who may find themselves a part of those systems." —Nicholas A. Cummings, Ph.D., Sc.D., president, Foundation for Behavioral Health

"Bill Roller does the best job I know of relating medical care as we have known it with the managed primary health care that is evolving. Careful study of this work by both planners and practitioners will make the vision of 'The Promise' a reality." —Ward C. Miles, M.D., retired chief of the medical staff, South Region Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound

"Useful lessons for clinicians and administrators interested in expanding cost-effective quality care." —Michael F. Hoyt, Ph.D., author of Brief Therapy and Managed Care

"This book makes it possible to believe that high-quality group therapy can be promoted by managed care. Thoughtful and practical encouragement for a wide range of providers to let themselves be fascinated by group therapy-as Roller is." —Lowell Cooper, Ph.D., author, practitioner, and professor, California School of Professional Psychology

"Roller makes the obvious connection between group therapy and managed care and then breaks important new ground in showing how to integrate the two." —Terry A. Kupers, M.D., professor at the Wright Institute and author of Ending Therapy and Revisioning Men's Lives

Booknews
A guide for clinicians, managers, and administrators, explaining the procedures for creating and sustaining a successful group therapy program, and meeting the mental health treatment demands of an HMO or other type of managed care organization. The author suggests that group therapy is a clinically proven method for meeting the needs of the client, as well as an economic solution for the organization. He shows how to form groups, select patients, and develop long and short- term goals for group members, and he explores the staffing issues and responsibilities of a model group therapy program. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787908423
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/31/1997
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.84(d)

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