- 2004 172pp paperbound ISBN: 9781568870885
"Professor Robert Woody's book is a brief, but powerful statement of the importance of group therapy in an era of limited resources, accountability, and the need for time-limited treatments in human services.... The book presents in a very readable and straightforward manner, the properties and dynamics of group therapy, benefits, developmental stages through which groups progress, role of the group therapist, and an excellent discussion of the evolution of theories of group therapy.... Any educator, counselor, or psychologist interested in the validity of group therapy as compared to individual treatment interventions will find this book a readable, compact, and practical treatment of an extremely important mental health process. I learned much from reading this book and I recommend it without reservation."
-Edwin L. Herr, EdD, LPC, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The Pennsylvania State University; Former President, American Counseling Association
"This is a good basic book based on the author's extensive study and experience which summarizes and reviews the principles of starting, maintaining, and ending a group. It is particularly well suited for the professional or student who is initiating theme-centered and time-limited groups. The text includes verbatim examples of a time-limited group accompanied by a very useful commentary which highlights the rationale for the leader’s assessment and interventions."
-Joseph C. Kobos, PhD, ABPP, Director, Counseling Service; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; Chair, American Board of Group Psychology; Chair, American Board of Professional Psychology
"Dr. Bob is like Dr. Phil - He has done it again. This time he has given us a 'how-to-do-it' book for those who did not believe that short-term, goal-oriented group psychotherapy could be both practical and yet process oriented and humanistic. With a sound rationale for starting any group and a demonstration by actual group dialogue, he presents a 4-session group therapy that achieves its goal and encourages readers to try it for themselves. The summation even includes its own outcome study, of sorts, indicating goal achievements for the participants of the sample group."
-J. G. Benedict, PhD ABPP, Denver, CO
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: On Group Therapy
The Meaning of Group Therapy / Professional Preparation / My Personal Set / Scope of This Book / Summary
Chapter 2: Theoretical Framework for Group Therapy
Theory Before Practice / Identifying a Theory / Eclecticism and Integration / The Integrative Cognitive Social-Learning Approach / Moving From Theory to Implementation / The Power of the Group / Summary
Chapter 3: The Core Sectors of a Therapy Group
Constitution of the Group / Structure of the Group / Construction of the Group / Processes of the Group / Monitoring / Passage of the Group / Summary
Chapter 4: The Role of the Group Therapist
Differences Between the Therapist and the Members / Group Leadership and Direction / Analysis of Group Processes / Responses Made by the Group Therapist / Summary
Chapter 5: Operational Issues and Guidelines
Operational Framework / The Becoming a Psychologist (BAP) Group / Goals and Objectives for Group Therapy / Size of the Group and Number of Sessions / Obtaining a Supervisor / Assessment and Accountability in Group Therapy / Psychological Tests and Measures / Keeping Notes and Preparing Records About Group Therapy Sessions / Summary
Chapter 6: Initiating the Therapy Group
Physical Setting / Establishing the Framework for the Group Therapy Experience / Summary
Chapter 7: The Opening Session of Group Therapy
Transcript of the First BAP Group Session / Summary
Chapter 8: Developmental Group Processes
Unhealthy Development / Developmental Continuities and Discontinuities / Critical Risks for the Therapy Group / Summary
Chapter 9: The Middle Sessions
Session Two / Session Three / Summary
Chapter 10:The Termination Session(s)
On Termination / Session Four / Summary
About the Author
Robert Henley Woody, PhD, JD, is an attorney and psychologist, as well as Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He graduated from the 2-year Postdoctoral Training Program in Group Psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Diplomate in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, ABPP. He has authored approximately 200 articles and 33 books, including both Child Custody: Practice Standards, Ethical Issues, & Legal Safeguards for Mental Health Professionals (2000) and Fifty Ways to Avoid Malpractice (1988) published by Professional Resource Press.