'This book is a remarkable tribute to the memory of Pat de Mare. You will find in these pages a selection of his work that represents his new and different understanding of groups, both large and small, that has not only had a significant impact on the practice of group therapy in his lifetime, but also a potential for revolutionizing current thinking both now and in the future. The editors are owed a great debt of gratitude for putting so much important work together. They have organized the book around three sections on the small, median and large groups. What is particularly moving is that each section is introduced by some of Pat's closest friends and colleagues. These introductions are not only invaluable preparation for reading the articles by Pat that follow, but are also a poignant tribute to the writers' lives, work, their thinking and much happiness that came from their close relationship with Pat.
PREFACE by Yvonne Agazarian INTRODUCTION by Rachel Lenn and Karen Stefano PART I: SMALL GROUPS - Introduction to small groups by Malcolm Pines CHAPTER ONE - Some theoretical concepts in group analytic psychotherapy CHAPTER TWO - Michael Foulkes and the Northfield experiment CHAPTER THREE - Major Bion CHAPTER FOUR - Non-transference elements in group analytic psychotherapy PART II: LARGE GROUPS - Introduction to large groups by Lionel Kreeger CHAPTER FIVE - Large group psychotherapy: a suggested technique CHAPTER SIX - The politics of large groups CHAPTER SEVEN - Koinonia: a historical note CHAPTER EIGHT - Large group perspectives PART III: MEDIAN GROUPS - Introduction to median groups by Rocco Pisani CHAPTER NINE - The development of the median group CHAPTER TEN - The median group and the psyche CONTENTS CHAPTER ELEVEN - The median group CHAPTER TWELVE - The millennium and the median group CHAPTER THIRTEEN - The larger group as a meeting of minds: a philosophical understanding by Patrick de Mare and Roberto Schollberger EPILOGUE by Dick Blackwell ADDENDA AUTOBIOGRAPHY THE TECHNIQUE OF GROUP WORK by Basil Beaumont INDEX
Drawing on the seminal ideas of British, European and American group analysts, psychoanalysts, social psychologists and social scientists, the books in this series focus on the study of small and large groups, organisations and other social systems, and on the study of the transpersonal and transgenerational sociality of human nature. NILGA books will be required reading for the members of professional organisations in the field of group analysis, psychoanalysis, and related social sciences. They will be indispensable for the "formation" of students of psychotherapy, whether they are mainly interested in clinical work with patients or in consultancy to teams and organisational clients within the private and public sectors.