In this book Irvin Yalom turns to the inpatient psychiatric setting and offers new ways of conceptualizing the techniques of group therapy for use on acute wards.

While some group therapy occurs in all psychiatric hospitals, it is rarely handled systematically and is not properly supported by the psychiatric leadership. Arguing from his own research results and from his years of experience, Yalom makes a strong case for the importance and efficacy of group therapy on all acute wards.

He presents a radical modification of technique, discussing the different ways in which the therapist should structure the sessions, the kinds of support that should be offered, and the emphasis on the here and now, all of which are essential to effective group therapy in hospitals. Yalom then presents two models of groups: one for the higher functioning hospitalized patients and one for the more regressed psychotic patients.

A book for front line clinicians, filled with the examples of cases for which Yalom is famous, Inpatient Group Psychotherapy takes a new step in the application of group therapy. It is especially suitable for the contemporary psychiatric ward where acutely disturbed patients are hospitalized for brief periods of time.

Copyright © 1983 by Basic Books, Inc.

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