Overview

Understanding the psychodynamics of groups has derived from the two separate strands of theory and practice, resulting in two separate disciplines: group psychotherapy and group dynamics. Present-day group psychotherapy derives mainly from psychoanalytic theory and Bion's early experiences with wartime groups, and has been developed from the work of clinicians who practice group psychotherapy as a form of treatment. Group dynamics theory and practice, on the other hand, have arisen largely from the work of social...
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The Visible and Invisible Group

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Overview

Understanding the psychodynamics of groups has derived from the two separate strands of theory and practice, resulting in two separate disciplines: group psychotherapy and group dynamics. Present-day group psychotherapy derives mainly from psychoanalytic theory and Bion's early experiences with wartime groups, and has been developed from the work of clinicians who practice group psychotherapy as a form of treatment. Group dynamics theory and practice, on the other hand, have arisen largely from the work of social scientists like Kurt Lewin, have been researched in the field and in the laboratory, and have been applied to groups as arenas for leadership training and behavioral change.The Visible and Invisible Group synthesizes these psychoanalytic and group approaches to group life and offers practical guidelines to the group psychotherapist. The authors advocate the simultaneous use of two perspectives: the psychoanalytic perspective for observing the "visible" group of people and their interactions, and a General Systems "Field Theory" perspective for observing the "invisible" group-as-a-whole. They also suggest changes in leadership style appropriate to different types of theory groups, different populations and different group events.This volume is based on more than ten years of experience by the authors as co-therapists. The theoretical explanations and practical advice that they offer on problems specific to group therapy will be valuable to group therapists in psychiatry, psychology, social work and industry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781811313
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 12/31/1995
  • Series: MARE
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Yvonne M. Agazarian, Ed.D., FAGPA, FAPA, CGP, developed a theory of living human systems and its systems-centered practice. She has authored or co-authored six books and in 1997 she received the Group Psychologist of the Year award from the American Psychological Association, with the following citation: "She exemplifies the finest in scholarship in the discipline of psychology...Her considerable body of work illustrates the highest blend of creativity and learning."
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and dedication
Introduction 1
1 Two sets of laws 13
Group theory
2 The visible and invisible group 27
3 The theory of the invisible group 56
4 The constructs of group dynamics as they apply to the visible and invisible group 95
5 The phases of group development 124
6 Three levels of group process 154
Group practice
7 Interviewing and preparing a patient for group psychotherapy 183
8 Specific problems 194
9 Transference and counter-transference 239
10 The co-therapy issue 257
Appendix 1: Phases of group development 265
Appendix 2: The force field 271
Glossary 274
Recommended reading 282
Bibliography 284
Index 289
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