The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

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CHAPTER 15
The Specialized Therapy Group

Group therapy methods have proved to be so useful in so many different clinical settings that it is no longer correct to speak of group therapy. Instead, we must refer to the group therapies. And, as one can learn from even a cursory survey of professional journals, the number and scope of the group therapies are mind-boggling.

There are groups for incest survivors, for AIDS patients, for eating-disorder patients, for fat acceptance, for patients with panic disorder, for suicidal patients, for the aged, for parents of sexually abused children, for parents of murdered children, for compulsive gamblers, for sexual addicts, for herpes patients, for women with postpartum depression, for sexually dysfunctional men, for sexually dysfunctional gay men. And for patients with hypercholesteremia, for survivors of divorce, for children of Alzheimer's patients, for wives of Alzheimer's patients, for alcoholics, for children of alcoholics, for male batterers, for mothers of drug addicts, for families of the mentally ill, for fathers of delinquent daughters, for children of Holocaust survivors, for the blind, for breast cancer patients, postmastectomy patients, renal dialysis patients, and patients with multiple sclerosis, leukemia, asthma, sickle-cell anemia, deafness, agoraphobia, mental retardation. For transsexuals and patients with gastric dyspepsia or irritable bowel, for amputees, paraplegics, insomniacs, kleptomaniacs, the dying, asthmatics, nonorgasmic women, borderline patients, college dropouts, patients who have had a myocardial infarct or a stroke, adopting parents, blind diabetic patients, patients in crisis, day-hospital patients, bereaved spouses, bereaved parents, divorced people, and many, many others. 1

Obviously no single text can address each of these specialized groups. Even

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