Solution Focused Group Therapy Ideas for Groups in Private Practise, Schools,

ISBN-10: 1416584641
ISBN-13: 9781416584643
Edition: N/A
Authors: Linda Metcalf
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Description: In our managed care era, group therapy, long the domain of traditional psychodynamically oriented therapists, has emerged as the best option for millions of Americans. However, the process can be frustratingly slow, and studies show that patients  More...

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Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 10/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836

In our managed care era, group therapy, long the domain of traditional psychodynamically oriented therapists, has emerged as the best option for millions of Americans. However, the process can be frustratingly slow, and studies show that patients actually feel worse after months of group treatment than when they began. Can and should "the group" speed a person's progress? Now, in this "must have" book, marriage and family therapist Linda Metcalf persuasively argues that the collaborative nature of group therapy actually lends itself to time-limited treatment. She combines the best elements of group work and the popular solution focused brief therapy approach to create new opportunities for practitioners and patients alike. Among the topics covered in this valuable guide are: how to learn the model how to design a group and recruit members how to identify exceptions to a group member's self-destructive behaviors and thoughts how to help members focus on their successes rather than their failures how to keep the group solution focused when therapists or members fall back into old patterns This unique resource also includes case examples and session transcripts to follow, together with reproducible forms that can be used as they are or tailored to a therapist's needs.Solution Focused Group Therapyis an up-to-the-minute, highly accessible resource for therapists of any orientation. Managed care companies in particular will welcome this model, which deals so effectively and economically with today's biggest problems, including eating disorders, chemical dependencies, grief, depression, anxiety, and sexual abuse.

CONTENTSForeword by Tracy Todd, Ph.D.Acknowledgments1 Changing Directions in Group Therapy2 Beginning the Group Process with a New Conversation3 Disease Versus Habit: Group Therapy Ideas for Out-of-Control Behaviors4 The Survivors' Club: Overcoming Sexual Abuse5 Releasing the Strength Within: Resolving Complaints of Depression, Anxiety, and Phobias6 Solution Focused Family-of-Origin Therapy in the Group Setting7 Parenting Groups That Work8 Solution Focused Groups Unlimited9 Going Outside the Therapy Room: Using Alternative Experiences in GroupsReferencesIndex

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