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    The Guilford Press; Second edition (August 13, 1993)
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Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy.

Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy.

Scott Rutan, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Dr. Rutan was the founder of the Center for Group Psychotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and cofounder of the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy.

J. Scott Rutan, Walter N. Stone, and Joseph J. Shay. A wealth of clinical material illustrates the components of effective group therapy and the mechanisms and processes of change. Practical topics discussed include patient selection and preparation, leadership issues, communication of affect in groups, dealing with "difficult" patients, time-limited groups, and facilitating successful terminations.

Time-Limited Psychodynamic Groups. Termination in Group Psychotherapy. Everyone conducting groups should read this book. Frequently Asked Questions.

This widely adopted text and clinical reference covers the whats, whys, and how-tos of setting up therapy groups and making them work. This takes the use of clinical examples from 2 to 3 dimensional, and allows the reader to more fully understand not only what was done in each situation, but why.

Authors: Rutan, . cott, Stone, Walter . Shay, Joseph J. Binding: Hardback. Number Of Pages: 465. QUICK DESPATCH.

Scott Rutan, Walter N. Stone, Joseph J. Coverage includes mechanisms and processes of change, patient selection, leadership issues, combining groups with other forms of treatment, and dealing with "difficult" patients.

Every chapter revised and updated. The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy.

This second edition continues to present group therapy as a natural antidote to many of the disorders of this age, particularly narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. Completely rewritten and expanded to reflect recent development in theory and technique, and challenges to psychodynamic theory and the practice of long-term psychotherapy, it presents completely new chapters on time-limited groups and the combination of group therapy with individual therapy and psychopharmacology. Drs. Rutan and Stone offer a consistently psychodynamic approach that demonstrates the cost efficiency of dynamic principles which seek to help the patient gain understanding rather than mere symptom relief in time-limited treatment. The last third of the book is devoted to the explication of key clinical issues such as co-therapy; combining group therapy and psychopharmacology; conjoint therapy; combined therapy; time-limited group therapy; dealing with troublesome patients; scapegoating; and terminations. This text is aimed at group therapists, as well as mental health professionals interested in group psychotherapy, graduate students in psychology, nursing, social work, and residents in psychiatry.

Drs. Rutan and Stone have long been actively involved in the forefront of teaching and conducting Group Psychotherapy. Their credentials, reputations and skills precede them. Yet, none of this guarantees a book which will serve the needs of its readers. With the earlier editions of this volume, readers were taken into the realm of Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy, in a clear, concise, and useful manner. Often when authors produce books such as this, later revisions are simply a reworking of the previous editions. Not so with this book. In fact, the authors pushed themselves to produce a volume which not only brings the material alive, but draws the reader directly into the process. In their latest edition, Rutan and Stone not only present well articulated clinical examples, but they also share with the reader, the therapist's thoughts that lead to the particular interventions. This takes the use of clinical examples from 2 to 3 dimensional, and allows the reader to more fully understand not only what was done in each situation, but why. The authors also update the book with currrent issues, such as the impact of managed care (although this is not a primary focus of the book). And, as before there is an abundance of information outlining and explaining the underlying theoretical principles which inform this model
As someone who has led, taught and supervised Group Psychotherapy for the past 15 years, I believe that this is one of the best books on this subject, available today. While it is not a general book aimed at providing an overview of Group Psychotherapy, or an overview of various models of Group Psychotherapy, it does translate the authors' clinical insight and experience into a format from which others can learn and grow. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the theory and practice of Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy.
Efforts to fix organitional, outlining, and other general editing problems from the previous edition, seem to have created greater problems rather than lessening them. That said, I still use it as my primaray text when I teach the subject to doctoral students because I can find nothing that does justice to the subject nearly as well.

Dr. Richard E. Prince