The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Psychotherapy

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Psychotherapy

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Psychotherapy

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Psychotherapy


A user-friendly guide of best practice for leading groups in various settings and with different populations, which incorporates the latest developments in today's mental health marketplace.
  • Features multiple theoretical perspectives and guidelines for running groups for diverse populations, in the US and worldwide
  • Offers modern approaches and practical suggestions in a user-friendly and jargon-free style, with many clinical examples
  • Includes a major component on resiliency and trauma relief work, and explores its impact on clinicians
  • Accompanied by an online resource featuring discussions of psychotherapeutic techniques in practice


Jeffrey L. Kleinberg

Group psychotherapy is widely practised with different populations, in different settings, using different approaches based on different theories of the mind, with different degrees of success. The accent here is on differences. How is a clinician new to this modality to make sense of this diversity and formulate a personal approach to leading a group? One’s group leadership supervision, course work, and conferences, are indispensible for professional development. But what has been lacking is a current, ready-reference that briefs the leader on forming, beginning, and sustaining the treatment in ways that address the therapeutic needs and developmental status of the patients. By ready-reference I mean one that is accessible to the reader who does not want to get bogged down in jargon and a “one-size-fits-all” approach. I believe that our authors – representing the best in the field – have composed a reader-friendly text that “speaks” directly to the needs of current group therapists who want to refresh their leadership approach, to those of individual therapists who wish to expand their practices to include group treatment, and to the concerns of graduate students in mental health and allied fields wishing to learn this modality. Accordingly, an experienced or would-be group leader can turn to just about any chapter and pick up words of wisdom that will come in handy as a group is being put together or is trying to stay on track.

The chapters herein can guide the new practitioner of a group through the phases of selecting members, treatment planning, beginning the group, and developing carefully crafted strategies, reaching treatment goals.

This Handbook presents a variety of theoretical models, conducted in a variety of settings, within diverse cultures – with patients presenting many types of problems and personalities – and using technical approaches relevant to all these factors. My hope is that exposure to many models of thinking and working will help each new group leader find a voice and develop personalized, but informed operating assumptions.

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