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Introduction to group therapy : a practical guide
Fehr, Scott Simon.
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New York : Haworth Press, [1999]

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xviii, 244 pages ; 23 cm.
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Introduction to Group Therapy: A Practical Guide is designed to help you understand the extraordinary effect group therapy provides in helping to relieve human suffering. Practical and at times humorous, this book combines theory, practice, and practical suggestions in areas that are rarely covered in academic settings such as the problematic client, the setting for your group sessions, a group contract, and several group therapy approaches. A plethora of information is offered for graduate students and practicing clinicians.

Introduction to Group Therapy will give students and clinicians a solid direction, eliminating feelings of disorientation when starting groups. In this excellent text, you'll explore several areas of group therapy to help you alleviate your clients'suffering, including:
the history of group therapy
how to set up your office
internship, practice, and residency transference
forum dialogues with senior clinicians
discussions about the group therapy circle
the physical representation of group
contemporary issues in group therapy
problematic clients 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 effectively combines theory and practical suggestions in one volume to help you offer improved therapy to clients.

Author Notes

Scott Simon Fehr, PsyD, is in private psychology practice Dr. Fehr is also Adjunct Faculty with the Masters and Doctorate Programs in psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Table of Contents

Robert D. Weitz, PhD
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Chapter 1. Part I The Development of a History (1895-1943)p. 1
The Circlep. 1
LeBonp. 3
Prattp. 4
Freudp. 5
Burrowsp. 6
Wenderp. 7
Morenop. 8
Bionp. 9
Reviewp. 12
Chapter 2. Part II The Story Continues (1951 and Beyond)p. 17
Dreikurp. 17
Foulkesp. 18
Corsini and Rosenbergp. 20
Bernep. 21
Rogersp. 22
Yalom and Liebermanp. 25
Riochp. 26
Horwitzp. 26
Ormontp. 27
Reviewp. 28
Chapter 3. Why Group Therapy?p. 33
The Group Therapistp. 41
Reviewp. 44
Chapter 4. Preparation and Practicalityp. 45
The Settingp. 45
The Group Contractp. 47
Cohesionp. 50
Reviewp. 53
Chapter 5. Self-Protection: Ego Defense Mechanisms and the Process of Adjustmentp. 55
Acting Outp. 57
Compensationp. 57
Conversionp. 58
Denialp. 59
Displacementp. 60
Dissociationp. 60
Emotional Insulationp. 61
Fantasyp. 61
Identificationp. 63
Intellectualizationp. 63
Introjectionp. 64
Projectionp. 65
Rationalizationp. 66
Reaction Formationp. 66
Regressionp. 67
Repressionp. 68
Sublimationp. 69
Undoingp. 69
Reviewp. 70
Chapter 6. The Life Cycle of a Group and Client Inclusion/Exclusionp. 73
Stage 1 Adaptation
Initial Engagement
Inclusionp. 76
Stage 2 Reactive Phase
Disinclination to Participate
Conflict and Confrontation
Resistancep. 77
Stage 3 Togetherness
Familyp. 79
Stage 4 Mature
Task Oriented
Cooperationp. 79
Stage 5 Termination
The Endp. 80
Client Inclusion and Exclusionp. 81
Reviewp. 84
Chapter 7. Transference and Countertransferencep. 91
Transferencep. 91
Countertransferencep. 96
Transference and Its Relationship to Group Therapyp. 100
Reviewp. 102
Chapter 8. Modalities: Structural Empiricism and Application to Group Therapyp. 107
Adlerianp. 108
Psychodramap. 109
Existentialismp. 110
Person-Centeredp. 112
Transactional Analysisp. 113
General Systems Theory (GST)p. 114
Gestaltp. 116
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapyp. 117
Reviewp. 119
Chapter 9. Modalities--Continuedp. 127
Behavior Therapyp. 127
Focal Conflict Paradigmp. 129
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapyp. 130
Basic Assumption Modelp. 132
Reality Therapyp. 133
Here-and-Now Modalityp. 135
Reviewp. 136
Chapter 10. A Case Studyp. 141
Group Analytical-Medical Modelp. 141
An Occupational Therapy Approachp. 145
Individual Psychology of Alfred Adlerp. 146
Process-Directed Approachp. 148
Reality Therapy Approachp. 150
Analysis Using the Psychodramatic Modalityp. 152
A Three-Layer Approachp. 155
Adler's Individual Psychologyp. 157
Systemic Group Therapy Approachp. 159
The Modern Group Analytic Approachp. 162
Transactional Analysis Approachp. 166
A Cognitive Behavioral Approachp. 168
Reviewp. 170
Chapter 11. The Training Site and the Problematic Clientp. 171
Scenariop. 171
Ideal Scenariop. 174
The Problematic Clientp. 178
Reviewp. 192
Chapter 12. Issues and Perspectivesp. 193
Issue: Humor and Its Relation to Psychotherapyp. 193
Issue: Therapist Self-Disclosurep. 196
Issue: Should a Group Therapist Have the Experience of Being a Group Member?p. 198
Issue: Monopolizersp. 200
Issue: Subpoena Group Membersp. 203
Issue: When a Client Is Seeing You in Group Therapy and Another Therapist in Individual Psychotherapyp. 204
Issue: Therapist Abusep. 207
Issue: Suicidep. 209
Reviewp. 211
Appendix A Structured Exercises for Developing Group Cohesionp. 213
Nonverbal Exercisesp. 215
Verbal Exercisesp. 217
Appendix B The Many Forms of Group Therapyp. 221
A Selection of Some Groups in Existencep. 221
Glossaryp. 225
Referencesp. 233
Indexp. 239