The Visible and Invisible Group
Two Perspectives on Group Psychotherapy and Group Process
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Visible and Invisible Group by Yvonne M. Agazarian
Book DescriptionUnderstanding the psychodynamics of groups has derived from the two separate strands of theory and practice, resulting in two separate disciplines: group psychotherapy and group dynamics. Present-day group psychotherapy derives mainly from psychoanalytic theory and Bion's early experiences with wartime groups, and has been developed from the work of clinicians who practice group psychotherapy as a form of treatment. Group dynamics theory and practice, on the other hand, have arisen largely from the work of social scientists like Kurt Lewin, have been researched in the field and in the laboratory, and have been applied to groups as arenas for leadership training and behavioral change.The Visible and Invisible Group synthesizes these psychoanalytic and group approaches to group life and offers practical guidelines to the group psychotherapist. The authors advocate the simultaneous use of two perspectives: the psychoanalytic perspective for observing the "visible" group of people and their interactions, and a General Systems "Field Theory" perspective for observing the "invisible" group-as-a-whole. They also suggest changes in leadership style appropriate to different types of theory groups, different populations and different group events.This volume is based on more than ten years of experience by the authors as co-therapists. The theoretical explanations and practical advice that they offer on problems specific to group therapy will be valuable to group therapists in psychiatry, psychology, social work and industry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781855751194
(230mm x 147mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Karnac Books
Publisher: Karnac Books
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Yvonne M. Agazarian
Systems-centred Theory and Practice, Paperback (May 2011)
Systems-centered therapy (SCT) brings an innovative approach to clinical practice. Developed by Yvonne Agazarian, SCT introduces a theory and set of methods that put systems ideas into practice. This book offers a collection of articles that illustrates the array of clinical applications in which SCT is used.
Systems-Centered Therapy, Paperback (March 2011)
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SCT in Action, Paperback (January 2006)View all books by Yvonne M. Agazarian
Demonstrates that SCT (Systems-Centered Approach) has turned out to have powerful organizational applications.
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Author Biography - Yvonne M. Agazarian
Yvonne M. Agazarian, Ed.D., FAGPA, FAPA, CGP, developed a theory of living human systems and its systems-centered practice. She has authored or co-authored six books and in 1997 she received the Group Psychologist of the Year award from the American Psychological Association, with the following citation: 'She exemplifies the finest in scholarship in the discipline of psychology...Her considerable body of work illustrates the highest blend of creativity and learning.'
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