Group Psychotherapy with Addicted Populations: An Integration of Twelve-step and Psychodynamic Theory

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Medical - 657 pages
In this newly revised edition, Philip J. Flores, a highly regarded expert in the treatment of alcoholism and in group psychotherapy, provides you with proven strategies for defeating alcohol and drug addiction through group psychotherapy. For the first time, practical applications of 12-step programs and (ital) psychodynamic groups are jointly explored, jointly explained, and jointly brought into therapeutic use. You'll examine the constructive benefits of group therapy to chemically dependent individuals--opportunities to share and identify with others who are going through similar problems, to understand their own attitudes about addiction by confronting similar attitudes in others, and to learn to communicate their needs and feelings more directly.

Group Psychotherapy with Addicted Populations covers the key areas of group psychotherapy for chemically dependent persons including:
  • alcoholism, addiction, and psychodynamic theories of addiction
  • alcoholics anonymous and group psychotherapy
  • use of confrontational techniques in the group
  • inpatient group psychotherapy
  • characteristics of the leader
  • transference in the group
  • resistance in groups
  • preparing the chemically dependent person for group
  • the curative process in group therapy

    Along with his powerful chapters that emphasize the positive and constructive opportunities group psychotherapy brings to the chemically dependent individual, Flores has added these new sections:
  • integrating a modern analytic approach
  • a discussion of object relations theory
  • group psychotherapy, AA, and twelve-step programs
  • diagnosis and addiction treatment
  • treatment issues at early, middle, and late stages of treatment
  • a discussion of guidelines and priorities for group leaders
  • countertransference
  • special considerations of resistance to addiction
  • termination of treatment
Those working in group therapy will find this expanded second edition a valuable resource for better recognizing and serving their group members'needs, and they will feel a sense of fulfillment as Flores reaffirms the positive effects of group psychotherapy.
 

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This is a very elaborative book, which depending on your purpose and desire for knowledge, you will not leave unread. It gives a deeper therapeuctic perspective and actually empowers both the therapists and the clients about what is really affecting them.
It is a very highly recommended book if you want to be in the social services.
 

Contents

and Addiction
5
Different Models of Group Psychotherapy
33
Preparing the Chemically Dependent Person
69
Interactional Group Psychotherapy
91
Modifications of Yaloms Interactional
157
Psychodynamic Theory
179
and TwelveStep Programs
247
Diagnosis and Addiction Treatment
299
Middle Stage Treatment Issues
379
Late Stage Treatment Issues
429
Characteristics of the Leader
453
Transference in Groups
501
Resistance in Group
537
The Curative Process in Group Therapy
567
References
601
Index
625

Early Stage Treatment Issues
339

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