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Group Psychotherapy of the Psychoses : Concepts, Interventions and Contexts - Howard Kibel

Group Psychotherapy of the Psychoses

Concepts, Interventions and Contexts

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9781853025846
Number Of Pages: 450

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Arguing that group psychotherapy is a particularly effective method of treatment for psychotic patients, Group Psychotherapy of the Psychoses draws together the world's leading exponents in a comprehensive exploration of theory and practice. The contributors consider the development of the study of psychosis as well as the more recent advances in assessment, diagnosis and group treatment, covering such topics as:

conceptual schema and models of the psychoses

variations of group therapy approaches and their effectiveness

interpretations and interventions with clients

coping with countertransference, counteridentification and counterresistance

multimodal treatment and the importance of context

training and supervision

problems peculiar to groups

treatment in a therapeutic community.

Industry Reviews

This recent book takes a serious look at the field of group therapy and its uses for psychotic patients...The book first gives a background to the theory of psychosis. There is a dissagreement between Kanas and other therapists over using seperate groups for schizophrenic and bipolar patients or having groups of mixed diagnosis. since this book is based on a wide range of authors crossing international and theoretical bounderies, there are many views of the origin and treatment of psychosis with diverse emphases on the weight of biological, intrapersonal and interpersonal...This is a distinguished and thoughtful book with its integration of theory and practice, which also benefits from the rereading. -- Israel Journal Of Psychiatry The book is essential reading for practitioners running groups, whatever the professional and therapeutic background. The papers are finely attuned to the qualities needed for effective therapeutic work and to the emotional impact of the work on practitioners. It is a well-constructed book with a useful guide on how best to use it. I found it absorbing and informative. -- Counselling: The Monthly Journal for Counsellors It would be useful for any clinician who deals with psychotic patients. The book covers information on psychosis, use of group therapy in psychoses, useful techniques of group therapy including ways to deal with resistance, empathy, and countertransference issues. It also provides information about training and supervision of group leaders. Volunteer workers' roles in group therapy of psychosis as well as confusional states in patients and staff are detailed. This enlightening book is enriched with multiple case examples. The language is easy to read. References are numerous and current. This is an excellent source about group psychotherapy of psychoses. Readers are well informed about various methods of this subject as technical information is provided along with training suggestions for group leaders as well as adjunctive treatment methods. I found this book to be very interesting and I highly recommend it. -- Doody's Notes At a time when mental health policy is swinging back towards social control, it is good to be reminded that there are alternatives to incarceration and psychotropic medication in the care of psychotic people. As this book reminds us, psychological therapies do play an important role, not only in alleviating the terrible symptons of psychosis, but also in restoring to people a sense of meaning and control over their lives.The text brings together a number of the world's foremost practitioners in the field to create a rich and comprehensive account of group psychotherapy theory and practice. The editors have sought to create what they call a 'spider's web' of ideas from which new understandings and therapeutic strategies strategies can grow.The text is helpfully divided into four sections: background and theory; training and supervision and counter-transference (an often neglected but crucial aspect of working with this client group), and the setting and context within which therapy takes place. The contributers write from a range of perspectives, from the clinical to the organisational. Of particular note is Diane Campbell Lefevre's chapter describing psychotherapy training for nurses within a group psychotherapy project. Nurses have a long and honourable history of involvement in such work, and may have to fight to keep it. This book will be of great help to them in that struggle. -- Mental Health Care and Learning Disabilities.

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Forewordp. 9
Introduction: Reality and Relationship in 'Psyche's Web'p. 13
Psychosis from a Group Perspectivep. 43
Splitting and Disavowal in Group Psychotherapy of Psychosisp. 83
A Biography of Psychosis: Individuals, Groups, and Institutionsp. 97
Group Therapy with Schizophrenic and Bipolar Patients: Integrative Approachesp. 129
The Therapist's Role in the Group Treatment of Psychotic Patients and Outpatients: A Foulkesian Perspectivep. 148
Resistance, Empathy, and Interpretation with Psychotic Patientsp. 181
The Group as Therapist for Psychotic and Borderline Personalitiesp. 200
Supportive-Expressive Group Psychotherapy with Chronic Mental Illness, including Psychosisp. 221
Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy with Chronically Mentally Ill Womenp. 251
Clinical Interventions in Group Psychotherapyp. 280
Supervision of Group Psychotherapy with Chronic Psychotic Patientsp. 301
Psychotherapy Training for Nurses as Part of a Group Psychotherapy Project: The Pivotal Role of Countertransferencep. 324
The Role of Assessment and Pharmacotherapy in Group Psychotherapy for Psychosisp. 347
The Therapeutic Community and Schizophreniap. 359
Confusions in a Therapeutic Milieup. 388
Voluntary Work in the Area of Mental Health: The Voluntary Worker's Role in a Therapeutic Centre in Florencep. 404
The Contributorsp. 412
Subject Indexp. 417
Author Indexp. 426
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ISBN: 9781853025846
ISBN-10: 1853025844
Series: International Library of Group Analysis, 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 450
Published: 1st January 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.66