Core Principles of Group Psychotherapy
An Integrated Theory, Research, and Practice Training Manual
Core Principles of Group Psychotherapy is designed as the primary curriculum for the Principles of Group Psychotherapy course in partial fulfilment of the Certified Group Psychotherapist credential awarded by the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists. The text is divided into five modules: foundations, structure and dynamics, formation and development, leadership tasks and skills, and ethics, neuroscience, and personal style.
The book is part of the AGPA Group Therapy Training and Practice series. This series aims to produce the highest quality publications to aid the practitioner and student in updating and improving their knowledge, professional competence, and skills with current and new developments in methods, practice, theory, and research, in the group psychotherapy field.
In addition to helping group psychotherapists bolster their skills so as to ensure the availability of quality mental health services, this guide is an essential resource for students and clinicians interested in learning more about group psychotherapy, as a text in academic courses, or as part of a practicum or internship training curriculum.
Table of Contents
Guidelines for Students Guidelines for Instructors Acknowledgements and Dedication Contributors Course Objectives Preface: The joys and challenges of group leadership MODULE 1: Group Psychotherapy Foundations: Historic, Contemporary, and Cultural Perspectives Chapter 1: Historic and Contemporary Developments Chapter 2: Towards Multicultural and Diversity Proficiency MODULE 2: Group Structure and Group Dynamics Chapter 3: Group Structure and Levels of Analysis Chapter 4: Therapeutic Factors Chapter 5: Anti-therapeutic, Defensive, Regressive, and Challenging Group Processes and Dynamics MODULE 3: Group Formation and Group Development Chapter 6: Preparing to Begin a New Group Chapter7: Group Development MODULE 4: Group Leadership: Tasks and Skills Chapter 8: Basic Leadership Tasks Chapter 9: Advanced Skills MODULE 5: Group Psychotherapy in Action: Ethics, Neuroscience, and Personal Style Chapter 10: The Ethical Group Psychotherapist Chapter 11: Implications of Neuroscience for Group Therapy Chapter 12: Finding the Leader in You
Francis J. Kaklauskas, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, has worked extensively as a group clinician in a wide variety of settings. He leads the Existential/Humanistic doctorate program at Saybrook University, and teaches group psychotherapy at the University of Colorado and Naropa Unversity. He has published widely on the pragmatic integration of theory and research into actual clinical practice.
Les R. Greene, PhD, CGP, DLFAGPA, is a past president of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and a Distinguished Fellow of AGPA. He has served as editor of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. He is on the clinical faculty of Yale University School of Medicine and the staff of the VA CT Healthcare system where he teaches and supervises group, couples and individual psychotherapy.