Understanding Group Psychotherapy–Volume I: Outpatients
by Irvin Yalom
Watch famed psychotherapist, Irvin Yalom, lead an outpatient group therapy using his interpersonal model, with commentary describing the principles of his here-and-now approach.

Part of the 3-Video Series: Understanding Group Psychotherapy
Volume I, Outpatients portrays a re-enactment of four segments of group sessions over the course of a mixed adult psychotherapy group. Dr. Yalom provides insightful, behind-the-scene commentary regarding his interventions. You'll see how his interpersonal model is applied, and learn techniques to steer groups into the here-and-now so they remain dynamic, on-track, and powerfully therapeutic. The general principles clearly outlined her will be extremely helpful and applicable to all therapists leading outpatient psychotherapy groups. 

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What therapists are saying…

"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 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
"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
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Length of video: 1:40:00

Number of Discs: 2

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-028-7

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-028-6

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-029-5

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-029-3

Psychiatrist 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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CE credits: 4

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of how Yalom's interpersonal model is applied to group therapy
  • Develop awareness of what makes group therapy therapeutic
  • Learn techniques to steer groups into the here-and-now
  • Learn to avoid common mistakes that reduce the effectiveness of therapy groups
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