Introduction to Group Therapy: A Practical Guide

Introduction to Group Therapy: A Practical Guide

Introduction to Group Therapy: A Practical Guide

Introduction to Group Therapy: A Practical Guide

Synopsis

Provides a solid foundation for anyone interested in group therapy!

Introduction to Group Therapy: A Practical Guide, Second Edition continues the clinically relevant and highly readable work of the original, demonstrating the therapeutic power group therapy has in conflict resolution and personality change. This unique book combines theory and practice in a reader-friendly format, presenting practical suggestions in areas rarely covered in academic settings. A proven resource for introductory and advanced coursework, the book promotes group therapy at the grassroots level-students-where it has the most opportunity to be put into effect.

Introduction to Group Therapy: A Practical Guide, Second Edition expands on issues presented in the book's first edition and introduces new information on topics such as the historical beginnings of group therapy, theories, modalities, practical issues of how to set up an office for an effective group environment, surviving your training sites, problem clients, contemporary issues drawn from online discussion, and developing a group practice. The book also includes case studies, review questions, a glossary, appendices of relevant topics, and an extensive bibliography.

Changes to Introduction to Group Therapy: A Practical Guide include:
  • the expansion of "A Case Study" into two chapters to include analysis from 17 senior clinicians
  • a new chapter on group therapy as a negative experience
  • a new chapter on group psychotherapy as a specialty
  • new material on self-protection
  • new material on the training site and the problematic client
  • and much more!
Thorough, well organized, and based on first-hand accounts, this book is also a great resource for experienced clinicians who need proven and expert advice from colleagues in the field. Introduction to Group Therapy, Second Edition effectively combines theory and practical suggestions to help you offer improved therapy to clients.

Excerpt

I love flowers. I love to plant them and, in due time, watch the flowers bloom. A parallel to this in my life is reflected in the growth and development of graduate students. The author of this book is one of those students.

I met Scott Simon Fehr many years ago when he had long, dark hair, which has since turned gray. I hated the appearance of long hair on a man, but he was a candidate for doctoral admission, which prompted my initial interaction with him. Notwithstanding his long hair, he impressed me as a highly intelligent, eager young man with a mission in life. I experienced him to be a down-to-earth individual who was destined to become a social leader. Without hesitation, he received my positive vote for his admission to the inaugural class. I was the dean.

From the beginning, Scott’s classmates—both men and women— accepted him as a leader. Today, Dr. Fehr is a faculty member at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University and privately conducts a highly successful practice in group therapy.

I asked Dr. Fehr why he chose to write a book on group therapy. He responded that it was time to bring closure to a promise he had made over thirty years ago to his group therapy mentor, Elizabeth, who is deceased. She requested that he pass on what she taught him and what he had learned on his own. When I inquired as to what he desired to achieve in writing this book, he indicated several goals: (1) to stimulate the creation of more group therapists; (2) to help students and colleagues feel less intimidated and anxious when beginning group leadership; (3) to promote group therapy at the grassroots level— with students—where it has the greatest opportunity for being implemented; (4) to indicate that group psychotherapy is a first-rate modality and is not second to any other modality, as many professionals and laypeople believe; and (5) to write a book that he would have liked to have read when he was learning about group therapy. He said that . . .

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