RELATIONAL GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY

RELATIONAL GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY

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RELATIONAL GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY by Richard Billow

Integrating cutting-edge relational theory with technique, this volume reveals the deeply personal nature of the intersubjective process of group therapy as it affects the group therapist and other group members. By locating the group therapist's experience in the centre of the action, Richard M. Billow moves away from traditional approaches in group psychotherapy. Instead, he places emphasis on the effect of the therapist's own evolving psychology on what occurs and what does not occur in group psychotherapy.

Building on Bion's early theory of group and his later formulations regarding the structure of thought and the role of affect, this work expands on the present understanding of relational theory and technique. Through the use of clinical anecdotes the author is able to ground theory in the realities of clinical experience making this essential reading for group psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, academics and students of psychoanalytic theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843107385
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2003
Series: International Library of Group Analysis Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Richard M. Billow, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, and an active contributor to the psychoanalytic and group literature. He has been associated with the Gordon Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, New York, since 1968, where he achieved doctorate and postdoctoral certificates in psychoanalysis and individual and group psychotherapy. He is Clinical Professor and Director of the Institute's Postdoctoral Program in Group Psychotherapy as well as running his own private practice in Great Neck, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. Foreword, Malcolm Pines. Introduction, James S. Grotstein. Preface: Plan of the Book. 1. The Authority of the Group Therapist's Psychology. 2. The Therapist's Anxiety and Resistance to Group. 3. The Basic Conflict: To Think or Anti-Think – Applying Bion's Theory of Thinking in the Group Context. 4. Entitled Thinking, Dream Thinking, and Group Process. 5. Containing and Thinking – The Three Relational Levels of the Container–Contained. 6. Containing the Adolescent Group. 7. Bonding in Group – The Therapist's Contribution. 8. Rebellion in Group. 9. Primal Affects – Loving, Hating, and Knowing. 10. Primal Receptivity – The Passionate Therapist: The Passionate Group. References. Index.

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