The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

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Hailed by Jerome Frank as “the best book that exists on the subject, today and for the foreseeable future,” Irvin D. Yalom’s The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy has long been the standard text in its field. Indeed, in an earlier survey reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry, it was cited as one of the ten most influential psychiatry publications of that decade.

Now Dr. Yalom is joined by Dr. Molyn Leszcz for this completely revised and expanded fifth edition. The authors present the latest research and clinical guidelines on group psychotherapy, and explore the most recent developments in the field, drawing on nearly a decade of new research as well as their own broad clinical wisdom and experience. This edition features new sections on brief group therapy, online therapy groups, ethnocultural diversity, trauma, managed care, and specialized and structured groups (addictions and groups for the medically ill), as well as updated references and new clinical vignettes drawn from the authors’ recent practice.

Throughout, Dr. Yalom and Dr. Leszcz have updated the style and content of the chapters, while retaining valid research and clinical observations. Illustrating the text are vivid cases from the thousands of group sessions that they have lead.

The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy is an informative text that is at once scholarly and lively. This new edition is the most up-to-date, incisive, and comprehensive text on group therapy available today.


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Contemporary Psychology

“This is far and away the best book about group psychotherapy. Yalom writes fluently, knowledgeably, and with clarity and uncommon good sense.”

American Journal of Psychiatry

“Probably the best single-author book on the subject ever written.”

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Excerpt: Chapter 16 “Encounter Groups”

Excerpt: Chapter 6 “Total Group Interventions”