1st Edition

Group Therapy A group analytic approach

By Nick Barwick, Martin Weegmann Copyright 2018
    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    Group Therapy: A Group-Analytic Approach is a comprehensive introduction to contemporary group analytic theory and practice - the prevailing form of group therapy in Europe. Highly accessible yet meticulously referenced, theoretically rich, yet clinically vivid, it is an invaluable resource for all interested in group therapy, providing access to the very heart of working therapeutically with(in) groups.

    Foreword Morris Nitsun Prologue Nick Barwick PART I: MAINLY THEORY 1. The development of group analysis: the principle of interconnectedness Nick Barwick 2. Core concepts: what goes on in groups? (Part one) Nick Barwick 3. Core concepts: what goes on in groups? (Part two) Nick Barwick 4. Core concepts: what does the conductor do? (Part one) Nick Barwick 5. Core concepts: what does the conductor do? (Part two) Nick Barwick 6. Developments in group analysis: the mother approach Nick Barwick 7. Developments in group analysis: the ‘other’ approach Nick Barwick PART II: MAINLY PRACTICE 8. Working with(in) groups: a dialogue Martin Weegmann and Nick Barwick 9. Beginnings: Ted’s Story Martin Weegmann 10. A group in action: making room (Part one) Nick Barwick 11. A group in action: making room (Part two) Nick Barwick Further reflections on ‘making room’ Martin Weegmann 12. Endings Theoretical reflections Nick Barwick Clinical discussions Martin Weegmann and Nick Barwick Epilogue Martin Weegmann


    Nick Barwick is a group analyst who has worked as a psychodynamic practitioner in the educational, NHS and private sectors for over 20 years. He is currently Head of Counselling at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he also teaches on the MA in Music Therapy. In private practice, he works individually with writers, overcoming creative blocks and, in group therapy, with vulnerable young adults experiencing difficulties in ‘creative living’. In addition to numerous articles published in psychotherapy journals, he has edited Clinical Counselling in Schools (Routledge) and co-authored The Therapeutic Environment (Open University Press) and Group Music Therapy (Routledge). For many years, he was editor of the Routledge journal, Psychodynamic Practice. He is also a published writer of fiction and a gigging musician.

    Martin Weegmann is a consultant clinical psychologist and group analyst, with many years NHS and private experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorders and other complex needs. He is a well-known trainer, delivering workshops and lectures throughout the UK. Martin edited Psychodynamics of Addiction (Wiley) and Group Psychotherapy and Addiction (Wiley) and has published many book chapters and papers in a range of journals. His two most recent books, The World within the Group: Developing Theory for Group Analysis (Karnac) and Permission to Narrate: Explorations in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture (Karnac) have been praised for their originality. Over time, his interests have broadened to include those connected to narration, rhetoric and the 'literary mind'.

    "This comprehensive work brings group analysis fully into the twenty-first century. The authors utilize personal experiences, critical eyes, and historical perspectives to provide an integrated view of theory and practice. Rooted firmly in the pioneering work of S.H. Foulkes, the book nevertheless incorporates the rich developments in psychoanalysis, group dynamics, and relational psychology that have evolved since then. This volume will place the reader firmly at the center of contemporary group theory and treatment."-Victor L. Schermer, MA, LFAGPA, psychologist, author, Life Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

    "An outstanding combination of psychological awareness, group analytic wisdom, artistic ability and literary flair. Together they weave a fascinating, multi-layered and -textured tapestry of the analytic psychotherapy group that is at the same time highly accessible to readers: qualified group analysts, students in the field and interested others who may wish to explore and understand this developing field."-Morris Nitsun, Clinical Psychologist, Consultant NHS Psychologist in Group Psychotherapy, Training Group Analyst, Institute of Group Analysis, London.

    "A joyous, beautiful read, presenting the origins and flourishing of Group Analysis; the best read for all: students, therapists and teachers. We all can take pleasure and pride in the state of our art so eloquently laid out."-Malcolm Pines, MRCPsych, Co-Founder of Institute of Group Analysis, Former President of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy.

    "A fascinating, beautifully written, accessible, enjoyable book - especially the rich and humane accounts of clinical encounters in groups. I learned a great deal from it and wished such a book had been available when I was training; it would have been like having another wise mentor and supervisor at my elbow. We may be living in anxious times, but we are also living in creative times, when clinicians like Nick Barwick and Martin Weegmann can write so beautifully about their work."-Gwen Adshead, Forensic Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Group Analyst.

    "Group Therapy – a Group Analytic Approach is what J.R. Rees wrote with regard to Foulkes' first book: A 'careful primer` of contemporary group analysis, instructive and indispensable for students and experienced practitioners alike."-Dieter Nitzgen, Training Group Analyst, Institute of Group Analysis, Heidelberg, Germany, Editor Group Analysis.

    "I would strongly recommend this text to anyone interested in a thoughtful contemporary take on the theory or practice of group-analytic psychotherapy" - The Journal of Critial Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (Vol. 18, No 4, 2018)