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Understanding Group Psychotherapy: 3-Video Series

These are the definitive training videos by the leading authority on group therapy.  Watch Irvin Yalom skillfully lead outpatient and inpatient therapy groups, and explain what he is doing and why.
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Understanding Group Psychotherapy: 3-Video Series
Group therapy is increasingly used in a wide variety of settings, but unfortunately many therapists receive little if any training in this modality, and are thrown in to a group to do their best.  The result if that therapists often attempt to do individual therapy in a group setting, resulting in ineffective leadership and poor outcome.  This powerful series teaches the core skills any group therapist needs, and then shows how they can be applied to different populations and settings; they are tremendously useful for self-study as well as teaching and training use. 

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"I would like to strongly recommend the "Understanding Group Psychotherapy" video series by Irvin Yalom as an adjunct to the his textbook The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. It is an excellent teaching resource for graduate students taking the group psychotherapy course at Yale University School of Nursing. The video series offers clear guidance on development of group leadership skills, stages of group development, working with here-and-now techniques, curative factors of group, norm setting, and using the group as a therapeutic agent in healing interpersonal relationships. The live group illustration assist students in applying the theoretical constructs of group psychotherapy to real group situations in the inpatient and outpatient settings."
-- Vanya Hamrin, MS, RN Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Nursing

"I very much admire both Yalom's deep conviction in the power of change through the interpersonal here-and-now group therapy modality, and the artistry, thoroughness, and mastery he shows in implementing it. The DVDs are very much worth viewing to see this master psychotherapist at work"
-- Bob Edelstein, MFT, Reviewed in the Association for Humanistic Psychology Perspective

"I just wanted to say these past few weeks myself and a few colleagues have had a chance to look at the videos, and I wanted to tell you how much I value them. The videos are compelling - as clear and engaging as he writes - they are informative and helpful but remain enjoyable, and are an excellent tool for encouraging and developing skills as well feeding a passion for group therapy"
-- Maggy Ruppert, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Norwich, UK

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Therapists often ask us whether they should purchase Volume I or Volume II.  If you aren't able to purchase the entire set, we recommend starting with Volume I, as this teaches you the basic model. Yalom has always maintained that if you learn the core skills of his interpersonal approach, then you can effectively adapt them to different populations.  If you're only working with high-functioning outpatient groups then Volume I will suffice.  Volume II shows you how to modify the basic model when working in settings or with populations that require more structure (this model is fully described in his text Inpatient Group Psychotherapy). Although the clients shown in Volume II are in an inpatient setting, this model can be used (perhaps with minor tweaks) in outpatient, day treatment, and residential settings, for populations including substance abusers, dual diagnoses, adolescents, and other lower to mid-functioning clients. If you're working specifically in an inpatient setting or day treatment setting with clients who need a lot of structure, then Volume II might be your best choice.  As always, feel free to give us a call, and we're happy to talk to you and help you choose what is most appropriate for the population you trat.

Note that when these videos originally were published, each volume was $350, so these prices represent a substantial savings.
Length of Series: 4:00:00
Number of Discs: 5
English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
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Irvin YalomPsychiatrist and author Irvin Yalom, MD has been a major figure in the field of psychotherapy since he first wrote The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy in 1970 (now in it's 5th edition). Other significant contributions have included Existential Psychotherapy, and NY Times Bestseller Loves Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy. He has written four novels on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept, Lying on the Couch, The Schopenhauer Cure, and The Spinoza Problem.  His works, translated into over 20 languages, have been widely read by therapists and non-therapists alike. Visit Dr. Yalom's website.


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It is sure to conduct the group therapy it's not an easy role and the therapist or counselor needed to well-trained. I watched the Volume I: Outpatient DVD, seeing the process and progress of demonstration for the group therapy session, I'm experiencing various emotion that I sees among the group members such as, nervous, irritating, confuse, but at the same time feel excited and curious what will Dr. Irvin Yalom next respond to an intense situation? I had made the right decisions to buy this DVD, and It's worth my money values. I am strongly suggesting for the young practitioner, therapist and respective academician should have this material to expand the clear idea what is group therapy are? What skills to gained before successful conduct group therapy. In search for the greatest meaning only words is not enough.
DYG SUZANA AWANG
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