1st Edition

Group Psychotherapy for People with Chronic Mental Illness

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ISBN 9781572300767
Published April 29, 1996 by Guilford Press
220 Pages

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Book Description

Providing a cost-effective treatment model that is respectful of patients' needs, their strengths, and their limitations, this volume presents the first dynamic and coherent approach to group treatment for the chronically mentally ill. This flexibly bound' model structures members' variable attendance while utilizing group dynamic principles to maximize therapeutic opportunities. The author focuses on the impact and opportunities of group treatment to help members overcome inhibitions in expressing their needs, assert themselves, and manage the inevitable hurts and disappointments in their relationships. The group functions as a transition point from which members can learn new ways of interacting and then apply them in their everyday lives.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Defining Chronic Mental Illness. History. The Impact of Social Relations on Chronic Mental Illness. Group Dynamics and Development. Initiating a Group Program. Therapeutic Goals and Supportive Treatment. Forming the Group. The Role of the Therapist. The Beginning Sessions. The Group Census: Attendance, Newcomers, Dropouts, and Terminations. Special Leadership Considerations. Special Treatment Considerations. Conclusion.

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