Is Group Psychotherapy Inherently Unethical?

The other day, I received a call from a colleague who had just read the section of my new book (Pepper, 2014) on dual relationships in group psychotherapy. In that section, I make the argument that since dual relationships involve outside the group contact, they are by definition...
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The Emotional Inheritance Made Worse By An Intrusive Therapist

As devastating as a loss of a parent can be, the fallout between siblings over the inheritance can be equally as shattering to the stability of family. “The Emotional Inheritance” refers to the family dynamic in which the in -fighting between siblings is rarely about just the...
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Two Different Paternal Moments on the Subway

This past Saturday, while waiting for the downtown E train on my way to Columbus Circle, I saw a young father, a  tourist I supposed, with his little daughter, looking confused as he read a subway map. I had an immediate feeling of paternal identification as I remembered...
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“The Conspiracy of Silence in Group Psychotherapy” — Lives On!’

Yesterday, I was informed that my proposal to present my book at the Division 49 ( the Group Psychotherapy Section), of the American Psychological Association was rejected for this year’s Annual Conference. While not surprised, I am baffled by the decision. My work is at...
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The Ultimate End of Treatment

I found out on New Year’s Eve Day that my psychotherapist of thirty years, Rosalind Kaplan, PhD, lay dying in a hospice facility somewhere. If I hadn’t just written a book that I wanted her to have a copy of, I would never have known that her life is nearly at its end. As it...
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