Group-Analytic Psychotherapy: A Meeting of Minds / Edition 1

Group-Analytic Psychotherapy: A Meeting of Minds / Edition 1

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Group-Analytic Psychotherapy: A Meeting of Minds / Edition 1

This book offers practitioners, teachers and students ofpsychotherapy a detailed and comprehensive account of groupanalysis. It demystifies the workings of analytic groups and looksat the great stretch of issues and tasks confronting the therapistin the practice of group analytic psychotherapy. Each stage in theprocess is fully discussed: the assessment and preparation ofpatients for groups, dynamic administration, beginning and ending agroup, and the introduction of new members into an establishedgroup.

A chapter on psychopathology gives a picture of the mainpsychiatric conditions which the group therapist is likely toencounter, and offers clear guidelines on how to manage them in agroup context. An exposition on the group in full flow provides anunusual insight into the processes which constitute the analyticculture, including the analysis of dreams, the art of interpreting,use of the transference and countertransference, and the place ofplay, humour and metaphor.

Difficult and challenging scenarios, such as dropping out,scapegoating, the silent group member, and monopolisation of thegroup are treated in depth, as are Large Groups, homogeneousgroups, groups for children and adolescents, family therapy, groupsin non-clinical settings, and the supervision of group therapy. Theimpingement of the therapist' s own personal issues is also givenattention.

The authors have flanked their narrative with accounts of thehistorical, social and cultural origins of group analysis, and avision of the future provided by the newer strands of thinking inthe field. The text is enlivened by colourful vignettes drawn fromthe authors' own experiences, and by sharply focused dialoguesbetween the two authors, designed to illustrate their contrastingand complementary perspectives.

The book represents a distillation of the authors' longexperience in the field of group analytic practice and training inthe United Kingdom and internationally.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861564757
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/04/2005
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

The Social and Cultural Basis of Group Analysis.

A Century of Group therapy, Planning an Analytic Group.

Dynamic Administration.

The Assessment interview.

The Symptom in its Group Context.

The Start of a new Group.

A newcomer to The Group.

The Group in Action.

Life Events in The Group.

Bringing therapy to an End.

Therapeutic Pitfalls.

Challenging Scenarios.

The Group analyst in Trouble.

The Large Group.

All in The Same Boat.

The Value of homogeneous Groups.

Groups for Children and Adolescents.

Family Therapy.

A group-analytic Perspective.

The Application of Group Analysis to Non-clinical settings.

The Supervision of Group Therapy.

The Group Analyst as a professional.

The Changing Landscape of Group Analysis.




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" …I expect it will become a key reference text in group therapy and I heartily recommend it to trainees and experienced therapists alike..." (British Journal of Psychiatry, May 2006)

"I recommend this book wholeheartedly to students-to-be and experts alike. Buy it, borrow it, read it… a user-friendly book in the sense of jargon-free language, a rich vocabulary and felicity of expression.." (Group analysis: The Journal of Group Analytic Psychotherapy, May 2006)

"This is the best book I have read to date in the field of group analysis." (Israel Journal of Group Psychotherapy, May 2006)

"...thorough and detailed...providing a good overview it is well written... entertaining..." (Journal of the Norwegian Psychological Association, June 2006) 

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