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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kelly E. Arduino, MA, LCPC (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is a self-proclaimed follow-up to Introduction to Time-Limited Group Psychotherapy. This book presents the theory behind small groups, walks the reader through the process of implementing a "generic" therapeutic group, and closes with descriptions of specific clinical time-limited group therapy.
Purpose: The purpose is to restructure the concepts and practice of group psychotherapy to accommodate the changes in the healthcare industry and the abundance of clinical research that has become available during the past 8 years.
Audience: This book is appropriate for any clinician who services clients with limited mental health coverage or financial resources. Mental health practitioners in outpatient, inpatient, and group home settings servicing the severely disturbed to the situationally disturbed client would benefit from incorporating a program of group therapy.
Features: The table of contents adds considerably to the usefulness of this book. It provides clear descriptions of material included in a particular section for easy reference. Especially helpful is the author's application of the time-limited group therapy model to a number of specific clinical areas, such as eating disorders, personality problems, crisis interventions, etc. The author does not overburden the reader with references and complicated figures.
Assessment: This is a timely addition to the field of clinical practice. The concepts are presented clearly and concisely and, most importantly, they are well grounded with meaningful clinical applications. Agencies, libraries, and the classroom would benefit from the purchase of this book for use as a training tool or reference.