Systems-Centered Practice presents a series of papers that trace the development of the theory of living human systems between 1987 and 2002. As the theory develops, so do the methods and techniques that put it into practice. The book also describes in detail the connection between the hierarchy of defence modification and the specific phases of system development that determine readiness for change. The papers in this volume contribute to our knowledge of the permeability of the boundaries between clinical and social psychology through the investigation of living human systems, and of systems-centered group and individual therapy. The author's considerable body of work constitutes a blend of creativity and learning of the highest order.
Foreword -- Author's note -- Introduction -- Group-as-a-Whole Theory applied to scapegoating -- Re viewing Yalom: an interpersonal tale retold from the perspective of the group-as-a-whole -- The difficult patient, the difficult group -- Group-as-a-Whole Systems Theory and practice -- The invisible group: an integrational theory of group-as-a-whole -- The phases of development and the systems-centered group -- Reframing the group-as-a-whole -- Book review of Koinonia: From Hate, through Dialogue, to Culture in the Large Group by Patrick de Maré Robin Piper, & Sheila Thompson -- A systems approach to the group-as-a-whole -- A systems-centered approach to individual and group psychotherapy