The Group as Therapist by Rachael Chazan

By Rachael Chazan

Staff psychotherapy is frequently assumed to be not as good as person psychotherapy. The author's preliminary event of staff treatment - as an observer - led her to question this assumption. This paintings describes the vintage analytic crew and demonstrates its strength advantages for participants. This vintage staff version is then utilized to schizophrenics, and a number of relations teams, median teams and teams with psychotic and borderline personalities, utilizing examples from the author's personal scientific adventure to demonstrate how crew treatment can profit those populations. the writer is going directly to research the position of the analytic team in moral touching on and the advance of a feeling of accountability and ethical sensitivity within the gentle of theories of Money-Kyrle and Piaget. Her end is that the analytic crew is going additional than Kant within the ethics of interpersonal touching on, exchanging his indexed codes of accountability with empathy, reciprocity and love.

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By Rachael Chazan

Staff psychotherapy is frequently assumed to be not as good as person psychotherapy. The author's preliminary event of staff treatment - as an observer - led her to question this assumption. This paintings describes the vintage analytic crew and demonstrates its strength advantages for participants. This vintage staff version is then utilized to schizophrenics, and a number of relations teams, median teams and teams with psychotic and borderline personalities, utilizing examples from the author's personal scientific adventure to demonstrate how crew treatment can profit those populations. the writer is going directly to research the position of the analytic team in moral touching on and the advance of a feeling of accountability and ethical sensitivity within the gentle of theories of Money-Kyrle and Piaget. Her end is that the analytic crew is going additional than Kant within the ethics of interpersonal touching on, exchanging his indexed codes of accountability with empathy, reciprocity and love.

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Having no agenda, Gruen continues, means that the therapist’s energy is indeed available. We might think of it as the therapist having no needs of his own, being open to whatever needs arise in the course of the group process. These are just some of the manifestations of the systems character of the group. It may be a case of translating well-known phenomena into the language of systems theory. I hope that I have shown that Foulkes regarded the therapeutic group as a system, and worked with it on that basis.

This diffuseness makes for openness and change in the group, though it also arouses anxiety. Both group and individual member may fear this openness to infinite possibilities, especially at the beginning of a new group. Bion (1961) has demonstrated some typical defences against group anxiety, which might be seen in this light: dependency, fight and flight, pairing. There is, however, another kind of defence against the anxiety of undifferentiation: the adoption of specific roles, to the point of their becoming stereotypes.

Hopper and Weyman (1973) drew up distinguishing characteristics of groups. Groups frequently meet face to face. They have limited aims and must therefore exist within a larger social system. They are relatively transient and need therefore not be institutionalized. 177). A group is open to the personality system of its members and also becomes part of their identity, giving a sense of being part of a whole, a sense of ‘we’. Groups tend to be more democratic, less hierarchical, than organizations (Hopper and Weyman 1973).

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