Bion's work group revisited

Armstrong, David (2010) Bion's work group revisited. In: The groups book. Psychoanalytic group therapy: Principles and practice including The Groups Manual. A treatment manual with clinical vignettes. The Tavistock Clinic Series . Karnac Books, London, pp. 139-151. ISBN 9781855758506 Full text available

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The treatment manual is intended to serve more than one purpose. It is designed to be a research tool, making possible the standardization and validation of a treatment method. It is also a highly condensed primer and a practicum, offering a description of psychoanalytic group therapy which will act as a handbook for the beginner and as an aide-memoirefor the more experienced therapist. Many therapists will have had some experience with individual patients but wonder how they are to convert that knowledge into the practicalities of running a group, in which seven or eight patients are seen simultaneously. For young practitioners in a National Health Service setting, this can be a daunting prospect. It is difficult to do group therapy well, yet when it is done well it provides an invaluable therapeutic medium for a collection of patients it might be neither possible nor wise nor even necessary to see in individual treatment. In other words, there are many patients for whom a group is the treatment of choice.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bion
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalysis
Groups & Organisations > Group Psychotherapy
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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