Chapter 5: Therapist Basic Tasks. The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy Irvin Yalom, Ph.D. Basic Tasks. 1. Creation and maintenance of the group 2. Culture Building 3. Activation and illumination of the here-and-now. Basic Tasks. Creation and Maintenance of the Group
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The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy
Irvin Yalom, Ph.D
Transparency vs.. Opaqueness
Group as a whole/subgroup/interpersonal/individual
Inside/Outside the group
Understanding/ Corrective Emotional experience
Confrontation/exploration vs. supportDimensions of the Leader’s Role As per Brabender, Fallon, & Smolar (2004);
Loss of the dual role of a leader
Little spontaneous interaction
The leader shape norms via:
The technical expert role
The model setting participant
-The technical expert understands the dynamics and is able to explain to the group and reinforce appropriately.
Page 113 good examples
E.G. asking members to mention their opinions on each other’s comments.
Hence, this role includes significant social reinforcement – persuasion.
Among certain theoretical frameworks or clinicians, this is a controversial issue.
Consider this, that it tends to be inevitable that a clinician’s overt and covert responses act as a reward-punishment.
There is a subjective aspect of disclosure.
What you consider superficial may be profound to another.
The other issue is when to disclose – avoiding premature.
Vertical vs. horizontal disclosure (metadisclosure)