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In this completely revised and updated fifth edition of group psychotherapy's standard text, Dr. Yalom and his collaborator present the most recent developments in the field, drawing on nearly a decade of new research as well as their broad clinical wisdom and expertise.Among the significant new topics: Online therapy Specialized groups Ethnocultural diversity Trauma ManagIn this completely revised and updated fifth edition of group psychotherapy's standard text, Dr. Yalom and his collaborator present the most recent developments in the field, drawing on nearly a decade of new research as well as their broad clinical wisdom and expertise.Among the significant new topics: Online therapy Specialized groups Ethnocultural diversity Trauma Managed care Plus hundreds of new references and clinical vignettes...

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Number of Pages : 688 Pages
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  • Julia
    2019-04-27 06:40

    Yalom came into my life just as I started serving as the sole therapist for two groups of child sex offenders. To put it mildly, some sage advice on being a group therapist was sorely needed. This volume is a must-read (yes, all bajillion pages of it) for anyone doing group work, which is the majority of folks in doctoral psychology programs. Yalom's tone is approachable, his sense of humor much appreciated, and his clinical wisdom boundless. I tend to think of books this hefty as in need of good editing, but in this case, there's just a lot to be said on an endlessly interesting subject.

  • Ashley
    2019-05-17 13:41

    THE group therapy book. There is really nothing else to say but this laid the groundwork for the basics while support my clinical experience in the group setting. Yalom's stages of group development work with all sorts of groups, not just therapy groups. So after reading this book and applying it in a clinical setting I feel more equip to run therapy and report on group activity!

  • Sofia Wren
    2019-04-28 09:25

    For school

  • Laurie Ouellet
    2019-05-06 11:34

    Lecture intéressante mais plus laborieuse que "The Gift of Therapy", mais une référence sur la thérapie de groupe !

  • Lauren
    2019-05-01 11:26

    Although Yalom is the guru of group therapy, I did not find the book to be particularly helpful. It comes from a very psychodynamic orientation, and although the author mentions other orientations or discusses how certain concepts are understood across the different orientations, readers should be aware that the book addresses how to conduct process group therapy. So if that is your aim, this is the book for you. However, I found it far less applicable for use in more structured groups (e.g., substance abuse, DBT). Additionally, I found the author to be quite verbose and to reference literature and plays for no real reason other than to demonstrate his superior intelligence. One thing I will give him is that he tries to give readers a "heads up" about parts of his book they may wish to skip and recommends just reading summaries and to not read the research he cites. However, I can't imagine anyone other than a psychology student/psychologist would read this book, and they should be reading the research, not just reading chapter summaries. All in all he does give good recommendations, but they could all easily fit in a book that is merely 50-100 pages in length.

  • Matt
    2019-05-13 13:30

    Holy crap, I finished this. Several things come to mind as I slowly digested this book.First, how the heck did he get his patients to stay in groups long enough to deal with all these interpersonal issues? I think most clients would get fed up with "that annoying person in group" and just leave. Second, how the heck does he deal with all the members' issues with authority? That being said, I did use a little bit of insight each time in my own work, so it was definitely worth the reading.

  • Paula
    2019-05-14 13:28

    A classic. Before reading this book, the idea of group therapy was deeply unappealing to me. Now, I am intrigued by (if not completely sold on) the potential of groups to provide insights and healing that one-on-one therapy alone can't. Readers will also learn some basic things about group dynamics that can apply to all collective/communal experiences. Yalom is not only an insightful clinician, he is a wonderful writer.

  • Meerkat!
    2019-05-21 06:16

    Definitely a must have for any budding counselor. I can't argue with Yalom's ideas and thoughts on the subject. What I can't stand is Yalom's extreme narcissism that shines right through despite the fact that this is somewhat of a textbook. References to his other works come off as advertisements, and what warmth he created for group therapy (a wonderful thing in and of itself) he degrades with his own unintentional tone. But many people disagree.

  • Francesca
    2019-05-05 08:44

    I enjoy Yalom's writing style and the personal examples and stories he includes. This book is an essential resource to any therapist who wants to lead therapeutic groups. A therapeutic group acts as a social microcosm and can lead to individual change as group members relate and challenge one another. Yalom's book delves into the topic of groups as well as ways to structure, lead and troubleshoot these therapeutic communities.

  • Karen
    2019-05-06 10:22

    I had to read this for school. I really liked Yalom's sense of humor. He's a good writer and a gifted clinician.

  • Heather Anne
    2019-05-18 14:45

    I am still working on getting through this and am enjoying it immensely. Yet at times it is not clear who the audience is (a beginner psychotherapist or an intermediate psychotherapist or an advanced practitioner?). At times I believe it could have been simplified or perhaps changed into two separate books for separate audiences, one at a basic level and one at an advanced level. At the same time it contains a wealth of information, research findings and practical guidance about how to run a psychotherapy group. Given that I am not a psychotherapist, why do I like this? I guess it's because I like insight into the mystery of how psychological healing occurs in a practical way and how people tick. This book goes into those things deeply. If you decide to read this, expect it to take awhile to get through. I'm not finding it an easy read in parts and it is very thought provoking. Perhaps it is a book to read a chapter here and there, rather than continuously.

  • Anthony Cleveland
    2019-05-04 11:17

    Required reading during graduate school. Didn't really care for it then and still don't but it does serve as an excellent source for facilitating my students' awareness of Dr. Yalom's existential approach to groups. Probably quite a bit longer than it needs to be to adequately address the topic.

  • Robert
    2019-05-08 12:42

    I don't usually review my school/work-related books, but I was just reflecting on this one (read several years back) and thought I would make a note that it really is quite good, and is worth the read for anyone who's vocation requires some adroitness with interpersonal group dynamics.

  • Nickolas
    2019-05-01 12:43

    Super dense. Well written. I will likely need more read-throughs as my practice develops. The first book in a long time where I had to look up the definition of new words.

  • Marcus
    2019-04-25 07:30

    Irvin Yalom’s name is strong is psychiatric circles. Current emeritus professor of psychiatry at Standford University, Yalom has worked in the field for over fifty years. His 1995 text, Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, gives an overview of group therapy as a field before touching on specific psychological factors worth considering when studying group therapy. The text is beyond impressive and expansive, worth studying for any group process student or expert. Yalom shines brightly in his words. The book begins by framing the discussion with Yalom’s explanation of his own observed seven therapeutic factors. These factors, Yalom argues, capture the “…intricate interplay of human experiences…” in a group setting. The seven factors frame Yalom’s discussion as a whole. Nearly every discussion forward references and bolsters Yalom’s factors, only strengthening the sense they are the “skeleton” of the text. After discussing his seven therapeutic factors, Yalom discusses the role of the therapist relative to the therapy before devoting substantial space to the formation, organization, and composition of therapy groups. The final portion of the book is dedicated to addressing highly specific issues seen in problem patients, particular topics, and specialized group types. As referenced earlier, anybody picking up Yalom’s Theory and Practice soon gets the sense this book is substantially impressive. There are many, many strengths to this one. Yalom provides a new, fresh way of understanding interpersonal processes in his seven therapeutic factors. The factors are flexible enough that they are consistently picked up and put down in future discussions. His ideas are reinforced again and again, bolstered here and there in discussions to emphasize new angles on old topics. This leads to a very cohesive, well-constructed, watertight text. There is little that Yalom doesn’t touch on; his ideas are so elastic that readers can apply them to their own situations as the read. Another central strength to the work is Yalom’s command of language. Theory and Practice explores the intangible topics and makes them tangible. Yalom has the remarkable ability to describe and categorize intuitive experience into black and white explanatory data. He discusses things that readers know from simply living, but have never quite had the language to describe! Anyone who reads only a few pages can see it: Yalom is brilliant, experienced, and talented at what he does. That being said, the text is not without its faults. First, the information as presented could use some serious organization. Readers cannot quite anticipate where Yalom logically will go next. Maybe it’s my simple inexperience in the field, but I got the sense from certain sections that Yalom is a bit scattered. In the lack of organization, Yalom’s language and intelligence is downright overwhelming. The author picks up and puts down external research literature often, assuming a reader intelligence that may not always be present! Sentences are sometimes difficult to navigate, concepts hard to understand, and claims so above and other than that there is little ground for common experience. It feels like Yalom writes to experts in some parts of the book and inexperienced students in other parts. To avoid the confusion, perhaps the book would have been better as two separate books addressed to two separate audiences. In conclusion, Yalom’s Theory and Practice is an impressive, expansive work that is a must-read for any student of group process. There are times that his language, content, and presentation is downright overwhelming, but these times are outnumbered by invaluable insights that are flexible enough for any specific personal context. Regardless of the type of therapy, one does well to have this one on their shelf.

  • Murray Irwin
    2019-05-20 06:33

    This is a classic text for anyone who does group work, especially if you are facilitating personal change. It has long been regarded as the standard text for group psychotherapy. But I should point out that I am neither a counsellor or psychotherapist and so was never looking to run group psychotherapy sessions. I was trying to understand how groups work and how they can support positive change. And in this book I found lots to think about for leading groups in recreational, education and adventure settings. I originally read the 4th edition but purchased the latest edition to get the details on the latest research. Of most interest to me was the therapeutic factors. Why did participants find group therapy helpful and what was most helpful. I had seen amazing changes in people just from being apart of a great group experience without having discussions that you might consider even close to psychotherapeutic. The insights these factors provided give clues to why this was occurring. Best of all it helped in thinking about the design of programs that help people. An example of this is universality. It is a therapeutic factor which indicates group members gain strength and insight from connecting with others that have similar problems and experiences. They can begin to feel that they are not alone and that their feelings and experiences are normal. Developing mechanisms within a program to ensure constructive share of experiences occurs can help bring about universality.Along with the 12 therapeutic factors, there is advice on group leader tasks, how to work in the here and now, group member composition and selection, group creation, group stages, problem members and specialist groups. Of course this is aimed at psychotherapists but much of the information is just as relevant to other types of groups. It comes in at over 600 pages but the structure allows you to read sections that are most relevant or of interest without problems. If you have an interest in group work, I recommend you check this book out.

  • The Badger
    2019-05-26 10:22

    I had the option of taking my Group Psychotherapy course either online, or in an actual group therapy setting with our professor as moderator. Both options used Yalom's text. I chose to take the actual group therapy course, and the text was invaluable. Not only did we experience group from the client perspective, but we took turns leading our own groups. From speaking to other students in the MS program who took the class online, it doesn't seem that the text was as effective without the hands-on experiential component. The book alone won't prepare you to lead your groups during practicum and internship. However, READ your text. There are going to be many questions regarding Yalom's work on your NCE, and there were a couple on PRAXIS for School Counseling as well.

  • John G.
    2019-05-15 13:24

    I used this book when I was a graduate student in the counseling psychology program back in the day, I have the third edition. Bar none, the best text book/ case book about group therapy ever written. I would read this book, out of personal interest and pleasure, regardless of whether it was part of a curriculum. Yalom is a humble and incredibly articulate man, he doesn't act omnipotent and writes in plain and understandable language. Do believe he's a Professor Emeritus from Stanford. He is open and warm and sharing. This book goes outside of the realm of simply group therapy, it touches upon the human condition and a possible remedy. He's also a fine writer of fiction, without question my favorite psychotherapist out there.

  • Randi
    2019-05-25 06:28

    I read ths book as part of a graduate level group counseling course. Although Yalom's writing can get a bit overindulgent, I really learned a lot from this book. It is not a book to read from cover-to-cover. Like learning a new language, it needs to be part of an immersion in understanding group counseling. Without putting some of his theories into practice, it would be more difficult to understand exactly what he is talking about. Yalom is still the standard for understanding group counseling.

  • Maureen
    2019-05-18 09:16

    This was assigned reading for my group therapy class during my stint in psychological counseling. It was clear from the outset that all of my professors loved Yalom and now I can better appreciate why. This was a giant book but each chapter is extremely informative and helpful. I was able to use this more during my practical classes, but I think it's still helpful if you're curious about the subject matter or if you tend to find yourself with groups of friends who all seem to have issues and need to find a way to manage them.

  • David
    2019-05-02 14:29

    There's a reason why this is the definitive book of group therapy. Yalom integrates an impressive amount of research into a book that is extremely easy to read. His illustrations of the usefulness in switching between process and content in a group context have me eagerly awaiting the opportunity to lead my first group session. This is easily one of the most clearly written and useful books that I have read in grad school. I'm definitely a fan.

  • Caroline
    2019-04-28 08:31

    while this book was part of the assigned readings for my last class in grad school (GO ME!!!), it turned out to be quite informative and helpful in adding to the base of my knowledge in psych. yalom is skilled in group therapy and writes in an eloquent and understandable manner. while i do not necessarily fully subscribe to the psychodynamic school of therapy, there are some insightful and resonating points that yalom highlights and addresses. overall, a pretty good read for a school book :)

  • Kim Winters
    2019-05-26 14:18

    Exceedingly comprehensive (and 572 page long) handbook on everything you ever wanted to know about group therapy. Yalom shares his expertise in this area and does a great job communicating in a way that is memorable when not overwhelming in terms of amount of content. This book helped to inform and improve my group therapy skills in profound ways. Only four stars because I felt it could have been more concise.

  • Gurjinder
    2019-05-24 10:23

    If you are planning on starting a group or continuing a group you must read this book. It breaks down group therapy from how to select members to focusing on the here-and-now to interpersonal work. It is a great resource to master before starting a group. All you need to know is in this book, of course you should do outside research on what behaviors and characters you type of patients will have. Yalom does go into foreshadowing behaviors in a group setting.

  • Cory
    2019-05-24 08:35

    I recommend this book to any type of group facilitator/participant. Whether you're a licensed psychologist, self-help group facilitator or anyone else who participates in groups for children, adolescents or adults, this books provides a wealth of useful information and tips. Some chapters are rather dry, but for the most part it's interesting and informative. Not just your typical research in action book.

  • James
    2019-05-17 07:22

    Maybe the most useful book on psychotherapy I've ever read. Group therapy is often the most effective kind, for many reasons. This book is a comprehensive, well-organized, clearly written, and highly practical guide to the art and practice of setting up and facilitating therapy groups. No therapist who is even thinking about doing group work should do so without reading this first and then keeping it handy.

  • David Lawrence
    2019-05-13 06:19

    Gives a huge amount of technique on small group dynamics and practical applied psychology. Good for someone that really wants to make small groups work. If someone can make a group of mentally ill persons get along and grow in self knowledge and actively help each other , they can make any group thrivedavid

  • Kara
    2019-04-29 08:35

    Beautifully written (although, I found it somewhat dense at times. We get it, you're SMART.) This book provides a good balance of theoretical suggestions and practical applications. I would recommend it for anyone leading or developing a group. I give this book 3.5 stars. Pros-It was helpful, informative, and credible. Cons-lengthy and tedious.

  • Mirjam Visscher
    2019-05-08 07:40

    I picked this book for fun and enjoyed it from the first to the last page. Yalom helps his reader through all ins and outs of group psychotherapy. His examples are clear and human and support his theory.The title suggests a dry and boring overview of all the literature and research on the subject, but it's not. This book is the rich result of Yaloms's personal learning process.

  • Joanie
    2019-05-11 14:34

    I read so little of this book, I'm ashamed to admit how little actually! It was assigned for my group therapy class my final semester of school and I was so all done at that point that I really couln't force myself to read much. I have gone back to look at it now and it is a good resource to have.