1.75 CE Credits Available
Understanding Group Psychotherapy-Volume II: Inpatients
by Irvin Yalom
Learn how to run inpatient groups by watching famed psychotherapist, Irvin Yalom, use his Interpersonal Model to bring structure and healing to an inpatient psychiatric hospital.

Volume II, Inpatients will teach you how to run effective groups with challenging clinical populations. This video program shows Dr. Yalom in action conducting an entire group session in an inpatient psychiatric setting, based on an adaptation of his Interpersonal Model of group psychotherapy. This highly structured approach helps to contain rather than escalate client anxiety, and can be adapted to work with a wide range of low to mid-functioning populations in diverse clinical settings. You will see how group therapy can be effective with conditions such as major depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and dissociative disorder.

The group session is presented in three main segments: Orientation, Agenda Formation, and Agenda Filling. Dr. Yalom provides commentary before and after each segment, giving clear step-by-step explanations of the specific interventions and overall structure.

After viewing this program you will no longer tolerate unproductive sessions where clients go on with lengthy monologues about problems they have discussed for years. Instead you will be eager to harness the power of the here-and-now, helping clients to give and receive useful feedback, and develop more adaptive interpersonal skills. This video clearly demonstrates that valuable therapeutic work can be done in a single session! 

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: 1:50:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-030-9

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-030-9

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-031-7

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-031-6

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: 1.75

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how to make a single session of inpatient group therapy valuable
  • Recite skills to run effective groups with patients suffering from diverse psychiatric illnesses
  • Describe the process of the therapy group from beginning to end

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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Course Reviewed January 2024

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