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Mintz, E.E. (1971). Innovations to Group Psychotherapy. George M. Gazda (Ed.). Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas, 1968. xi + 310 pp.. Psychoanal. Rev., 58(1):160.

(1971). Psychoanalytic Review, 58(1):160

Innovations to Group Psychotherapy. George M. Gazda (Ed.). Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas, 1968. xi + 310 pp.

Review by:
Elizabeth E. Mintz

This is not a book for those wishing an introduction to group therapy, nor is it even an inclusive overview of innovations, but it may be valuable for those who already have some acquaintance with the field and wish further acquaintance with its burgeoning multiplicity of new techniques. It offers a potpourri of various approaches, some of which may elicit skepticism even in readers who, like this reviewer, are deeply involved in exploring the value of encounter groups. Corsini, for example, contributes an approach titled “Immediate Therapy in Groups,” in which he describes a dramatic and ingenious method of self-confrontation which, he says, “promises some hope for an inexpensive and simple method of attaining long-lasting, positive personality changes” without the need for working through or for a sustained therapeutic relationship. Mowrer describes a two-person “group” in which he urges a middle-aged woman, hospitalized after a suicide attempt, to “face up to the full extent of your guilt” for having had sexual relations with her brothers at the age of eight, and to share her guilt over this experience with her two teen-age daughters. Several contributors (Gibb, Mowrer, Gendlin and Beebe) question whether or not special professional training is necessary for a group leader, and even whether a leader need be officially present at all. Satir and Stoller, respectively discussing conjoint family therapy and marathon groups, go rather more deeply into the psychodynamic implications of their approaches, and Haim Ginott offers practical suggestions on work with preadolescents.

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