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Group Psychotherapy for Psychological Trauma
Edited by Robert H. Klein and Victor L. Schermer

This indispensable book is designed to help practitioners create, initiate, and maintain therapy groups for traumatized individuals.

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This indispensable book is designed to help practitioners create, initiate, and maintain therapy groups for traumatized individuals. Written by an array of experienced group therapists, the book addresses general aspects of trauma group therapy as well as issues specific to different populations and diagnostic entities. Cogent, practical information is provided on such important topics as screening and selecting members, understanding the impact of trauma on group dynamics, managing the effects of flashbacks, addressing dissociative states, working with countertransference reactions, and dealing with clients' emotional crises. Approaches and strategies are discussed for diverse groups, including survivors of sexual and physical abuse, clients with severe medical illnesses, bereaved children, survivors of catastrophic events in the community, victims of political and ethnic persecution, and those with diagnosed mental disorders in which trauma plays a significant role. Illustrative clinical material is included throughout.

"This is a timely, expertly edited volume that provides an in-depth view of the current state of the art. Group approaches for psychological trauma are proving to be of enormous value in treating a variety of traumatic experiences, and this volume should prove extremely useful to group clinicians."
-Irvin Yalom, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Stanford University
"This is a pioneering book. It provides a comprehensive overview of an important clinical area that has not previously been discussed in this kind of depth. The book's strengths are its attention to the clinical needs of survivors of a wide range of traumatic life experiences, the explicit theory base of most chapters, and rich illustrative clinical material in every chapter. This is a must-have manual for therapists who plan to do group therapy with trauma survivors. It is an appropriate text for graduate-level courses in group therapy, as well as a resource for therapists who are currently running groups."
-Laurie Anne Pearlman, Ph.D., Traumatic Stress Institute

Robert H. Klein, PhD, CGP, is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, and maintains a private practice in Milford and Westport, Connecticut. He is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Victor L. Schermer, MA, LPC, CGP, is a psychologist in private practice and clinic settings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and a Consultant for its Disaster Outreach team.

364 Pages, Size: 6" x 9"


I. Concepts, Themes, and Strategies

1. Introduction and Overview: Creating a Healing Matrix, Klein and Schermer

2. Initiating, Screening, and Maintaining Psychotherapy Groups for Traumatized Patients, Goodman and Weiss

3. Management of Trauma-Related Affect, Defenses, and Dissociative States, Hegeman and Wohl

4. Group-as-a-Whole Dynamics in Work with Traumatized Patients: Technical Strategies, Their Rationales and Limitations, Ganzarain

5. Hazardous Terrain: Countertransference Reactions in Trauma Groups, Ziegler and McEvoy

II. Special Populations and Trauma Groups

6. Group Psychotherapy for the Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Johnson and Lubin

7. Group Psychotherapy for Survivors of Sexual and Physical Abuse, Buchele

8. Group Psychotherapy for Psychological Traumata of Prolonged, Severe, and/or Terminal Illness, Marcus and Bernard

9. Children of Trauma and Loss: Their Treatment in Group Psychotherapy, Keyser, Seelaus, and Kahn

10. When Trauma Affects a Community: Group Interventions and Support after a Disaster, Dembert

and Simmer

11. Group Psychotherapy for Victims of Political Torture and Other Forms of Severe Ethnic Persecution, von Wallenberg Pachaly

12. Group Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder and Allied Dissociative Disorders, Fine and Madden

13. Group Treatment of "Complex Disorders" (Severe Clinical Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Substance Use Problems), Gallagher and Kibel

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