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Introduction to Group Therapy

A Practical Guide, Third Edition, 3rd Edition

By Scott Simon Fehr


306 pages

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The main objective of Introduction to Group Therapy is to give the reader a solid understanding of group therapy while simultaneously creating scholars in the group therapy paradigm. This unique book combines theory and practice in a reader-friendly format, presenting practical suggestions to guide both students and novice group therapists through the nuts and bolts of running a group. This third edition continues the clinically relevant and highly readable work of the previous editions, demonstrating the therapeutic power group therapy has in conflict resolution and personality change. A proven resource for introductory and advanced coursework, the book promotes group therapy at the grassroots level – students – where it has the most opportunity to be put into effect.


"Working in groups is crucial at this time. This book, unlike others, is designed to guide both experienced professionals, who develop sessions in new contexts, and young therapists, who need contrasting experiences to support their role in theoretical and action issues. It has a modern format with case studies from different perspectives and techniques. It includes an epistemological vision that addresses history, principles and methods in a network of contributions that shape the heart of group psychotherapy."

Cristina Martínez-Taboada, PhD, IAGP, SEPTG, APAG; Professor of Psychology of Groups and Social Psychology, University of the Basque Country, EHU, Spain

"This 3rd edition impressively covers current group psychotherapy theory and practice. The author describes the basic principles of group therapy and, via two case studies, presents and compares a number of different theoretical approaches. More advanced topics are included in chapters on negative group therapy experiences, group therapy as a specialty, and online groups. This book is packed with useful information for both beginning and more senior group therapists."

Eleanor F. Counselman, Ed.D., ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA; Immediate Past President, American Group Psychotherapy Association

"This comprehensive book will teach readers all the basics of group therapy and explore its relevance to daily lives while providing up to date examples to support the dynamic nature of human service. This book will be vital in studying group therapy for years to come."

Prof. Wing Lo, Head, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

Table of Contents

Praise for the Second Edition



About the Author

Chapter 1. The History of Group Therapy, Part I: Genesis, 1895-1943 Chapter 2. The History of Group Therapy, Part II: 1951 and Beyond Chapter 3. Why Group Therapy? Chapter 4. Modalities: Structural Empiricism and Application to Group Therapy Chapter 5. Modalities, Continued Chapter 6. Preparation and Practicality Chapter 7. The Life Cycle of a Group Chapter 8. Resistance and Self-Protection: Ego Defense Mechanisms and the Process of Adjustment Chapter 9. Transference and Countertransference Chapter 10. Case Study 1 – 26 year old female lawyer Chapter 11. Case Study 1, Continued – 26 year old female lawyer Chapter 12. Case Study 2 – 58 year old male executive Chapter 13. Case Study 2, Continued - 58 year old male executive Chapter 14. The Training Site, Seeking the Truth, and the Problematic Client Chapter 15. Group Psychotherapy As a Negative Experience Chapter 16. Group Psychotherapy As a Specialty Chapter 17. Creative and Successful Interventions Chapter 18. Online Group Psychotherapy: Ethical and Legal Issues Index

About the Author

Scott Simon Fehr is a licensed psychologist, licensed mental health counselor, academician, international lecturer, and author. Dr. Fehr is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and since 1993, has been a faculty member with the Master’s Mental Health Counselor Program, the School Counselors Program and APA Doctorate Clinical Psychology Program in the Graduate College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health