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Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, Fifth Edition Hardcover – July 6, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0465092840 ISBN-10: 0465092845 Edition: Fifth Edition

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  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Fifth Edition edition (July 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465092845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465092840
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Extremely reader-friendly...an almost automatic recommendation for the person about to conduct his first group'. British Journal of Psychotherapy 'A delight to read: a most important and enriching book for anyone practicing group therapy or counselling on either side of the Atlantic'. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling"

About the Author

Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the 1974 Edward Strecker Award and the 1979 Foundation's Fund Prize in Psychiatry. He is the author of When Nietzche Wept (winner of the 1993 Commonwealth Club gold medal for fiction), Love's Executioner, Every Day Gets a Little Closer (with Ginny Elkin), and the classic textbooks Inpatient Group Psychotherapy and Existential Psychotherapy. Molyn Leszcz, M.D., F.R.C.P.(c) is head of the Program in Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto.

Customer Reviews

Book is very easy to read and so helpful.
Jarrod B. Shappell
This book is a great resource in providing information about group processes, factors that make a therapy group beneficial, and what makes a good group leader.
LP
You have to read it,…and then you must practice!
alessandro guarnieri

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eliza Bennet VINE VOICE on August 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Yalom has vast knowledge and experience with group therapy, and in this book he imparts it to neophyte counselors in a logical and detailed format. He carefully explains the therapeutic value of a group, the factors necessary to facilitate change, and the role of the therapist. He emphasizes the here-and-now focus, and how group members create a social microcosm of their life within the therapy group. Yalom advises on practical matters, like the selection of clients and the creation of the group. He then carefully explores the stages that groups move through, and some problem members that one could encounter.

The drawbacks of this volume include the length - it is excessively long (they could cut chapter 9) due to the verbosity of the author. I had to look up several words and phrases that I was unfamiliar with, and I have to admit, some pages bored me. Nevertheless, for a text, this is a great book. I read every page, to the end, even the unassigned chapters. I'll keep this in my library for reference, and I hope to be able to refer to it repeatedly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne M. Baumgartner on December 12, 2009
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I love reading Yalom. He makes group therapy concepts flow like a river. I would give this as a gift to every student of psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, that I know. Not having won the lottery, I am thrilled to have it in my own library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jean Boutiere on September 2, 2011
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Cristal clear, authentic, proficient, interpersonal aproach.I read the book 10 - 12 hours per day, almost without pause.Useful in all paradigms. The therapeutic factors are : instilation of hope,universality, imparting information, altruism, corrective recapitulation of thr primary family group. The comparative value of the clients'and therapists' views are very usefully presented.Working in the Here-and-Now, positive and negative catharsis ( with corrective interpretation),and the liaison with other books of professor Yalom, are only a few ideas of this great book. I recommand it for student, teachers and everyone interested in personal development.
Jean Boutiere
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By xplorer_rabbit on August 26, 2007
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This book was a required reading for one of my classes at school. I am familiar with Yalom's work after he became an author of more popular literature (The Gift of Therapy, Love's Executioner, etc.) so I was half expecting this book to be written in the same style. It is written like a text book. At times, you can see Yalom's personality coming through, but most of it is dry and rather unemotional. However, this book is still edifying and (while not entertaining) easily read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie L. Friedman on July 24, 2013
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The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy by Irwin Yalom is on of the best books available on Group Psychotherapy. You will learn about group psychodynamics and how to move the group forward in a positive direction. This is a wonderful book for psychiatrists to read. It is very well written and easy to understand. I give it a 5 star Excellent rating. By Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffeff on September 14, 2013
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This is Yalom. What more do I need to say? His respect for the contributions of clients/patients to their own healing, and the healing of other persons in group context inspires me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunbunny064 on March 31, 2013
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Excellent book, a must have additon to any counseling student's library. The book is set up in an easy to follow format, and the authors message is easy to understand. I have the kindle version and I love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brittany M Ford on January 30, 2014
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This book is entertaining to read, and it is not just another textbook. The author gives a lot of examples of what he is talking about, which helps to break up the information and to show precisely his point. I thoroughly enjoy this book, even though the size seems daunting.
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