December 1968

Innovation to Group Psychotherapy.

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By George M. Gazda, EdD. Price, $12. Pp 310. Charles C Thomas, Publishers, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1968.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(6):762-763. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740120122020

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As the editor notes in his introduction, there is something almost presumptious about a volume which is devoted to ``innovations'' in group psychotherapy. However, Dr. Gazda has brought together some intriguing variations of group technique in this volume. I speak of group techniques as opposed to group psychotherapeutic techniques because in some instances, at least, these techniques are not designed specifically for "patients" or "clients." Therefore, among other things, this volume raises again the issues of what is "therapy" and for whom is it intended.

As may be gathered by now, this book presents a wide variety of opinion. The chapter headings, which are self-defining, cover Immediate Therapy, Marathon Group Therapy, Emergence Therapy, Integrity Therapy, Experimental Groups, Focused Feedback (with video-tape), Conjoint Family Therapy, and Innovations in Group Psychotherapy with Preadolescents. Each of the authors is a respected innovator in the field in which he writes. This

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