Providing a cost-effective treatment model that is respectful of patients' needs, their strengths, and their limitations, this volume presents the first dynamic and coherent approach to group treatment for the chronically mentally ill. This flexibly bound' model structures members' variable attendance while utilizing group dynamic principles to maximize therapeutic opportunities. The author focuses on the impact and opportunities of group treatment to help members overcome inhibitions in expressing their needs, assert themselves, and manage the inevitable hurts and disappointments in their relationships. The group functions as a transition point from which members can learn new ways of interacting and then apply them in their everyday lives.
Walter N. Stone, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. A coauthor (with J. Scott Rutan) of Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy, he is past president of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, a Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, and has written over 30 articles on group psychotherapy training and practice.