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Complex Dilemmas in Group Therapy

Pathways to Resolution

Edited by Lise Motherwell, Joseph J. Shay

Routledge – 2005 – 312 pages

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    978-0-415-94819-7
    November 15th 2004

Description

Group work often presents the therapist with many situations, considerations, and, ultimately, decisions that are unique to the practice of group psychotherapy. Until now, there has been little guidance available to either the inexperienced therapist or seasoned clinician in the existing literature that addresses these complex situations.

"Complex Dilemmas in Group Therapy "is a collection of the work of over 25 experienced and respected group therapists, and is edited by two leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. The book owes a debt of inspiration to a regular article appearing in "The Group Circle, ""Consultation, Please, " in which a letter from a practicing group therapist is followed by the responses of two practitioners, each offering a 'solution' to the situation described. "Complex Dilemmas "will expand upon this well-received formula, grouping situations together into themes, examining underlying theory and discussing how ideas about the particular topic have changed over time.

The book will be divided into seven sections, each covering a specific theme such as boundaries, enactments, projective identification, powerful therapist reactions, destructive forces in group, difficult patients, and time-limited groups. Each section will present three complex dilemmas, each of which will be followed by a response from two different clinicians. The dilemmas presented will range from common issues confronted to a more atypical dilemma, to an extreme example of a dilemma, appealing to group therapists of varying expertise.

Reviews

"This gem of a volume captures quite uniquely the anxiety-arousing, morale-dashing challenges confronting the group therapist. Formatted as a kind of advice column for struggling therapists, the volume poses realistic and compelling scenarious that reguraly arise in this clinical enterprise." -- Les R. Greene, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 50, No. 46, Article 13

Contents

Section I - Boundary Issues

Overview

Creating the Group Envelope, Barbara Cohn

Dilemmas

Sizing Up the Group, Steven Haut; Jeanne Pasternak

Show Me the Money, Elaine Jean Cooper, Steven Krugman

All for One and One for Some? David Hawkins, Victor Schermer

Section II - Difficult Patients

Overview

Treating Difficult Patients in Group, J. Scott Rutan

Dilemmas

Angry Angela and Controlling Connie, Anne Alonso, Hillel Swiller

All About Adam, Arnold Cohen, Elizabeth Shapiro

Getting Our Affairs in Order, Earl Hopper, Suzanne Cohen

Section III - Complex Defenses

Overview

Unraveling Projective Identification and Enactment, Robert Weber

Dilemmas

Axis II Had Me Spinning, Hylene Dublin, Kathleen Ulman

Will the Real Expert Please Stand Up? Allan Gelber, Marsha Vannicelli

Serial Scapegoating, David Altfeld, Bonnie Buchele

Section IV - Destructive Forces

Overview

Destructive Forces in Group Therapy, Morris Nitsun

Dilemmas

Cuckoo Interrupted, Yvonne Agazarian, Walter Stone

Does Anyone Want Group? Nina Fieldsteel, Anthony Joyce

A Sinking Depression, Richard Billow, Jerome Gans

Section V - Powerful Therapist Reactions

Overview

Containing and Using Powerful Therapist Reactions, Eleanor Counselman

Dilemmas

Legally Incompetent? Sally Barlow, Shawn Taylor, Macario Giraldo

Fear and Loathing, Barry Helfmann, Robert Klein

Tolerating the Intolerable, Allan Elfant, Harold Bernard

Section VI - Self Disclosure

Overview

How Far Should I Go? Joel C. Frost

Dilemmas

Breaking Up the Family or the Fantasy? Sara Emerson, Gil Spielberg

If I Did It, Why Can't You? Marti Kranzberg, Meg Sharpe

Sharing At the Exit, Bernard Frankel, Brenda Smith

Section VII- Time-Limited Group Therapy

Overview

Working With the Clock Ticking. Ted Powers

Dilemmas

Stand By Your Stance, Ramon Ganzarain, William Piper

Manage My Stress Pamela Enders, Arthur Horne

Containing Contagion, Helen Riess, Mark Sorensen

Name Index

Subject Index

Author Bio

Lise Motherwell, Ph.D., Psy.D. is Associate in Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Dynamic Group Therapy Training Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Joseph Shay, Ph.D., has been a Clinical Psychologist in the Harvard Medical School system for more than 25 years, and a practicing group therapist for over 30 years. He is the co-editor of the book, Odysseys in Psychotherapy.

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Description: Edited by Lise Motherwell, Joseph J. Shay. Group work often presents the therapist with many situations, considerations, and, ultimately, decisions that are unique to the practice of group psychotherapy. Until now, there has been little guidance available to either the inexperienced therapist or...
Categories: Psychotherapy, Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology - Adult