Table of Contents ’99 Unconventional Interventions

Here is an updated version of the Table of Contents for my new book. Please have a look and let me know if any of the chapter titles are intriguing to you. Table of Contents 99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy   Preface Introduction   Part I:...
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Chapter 189 Sex in the City: “Can you that top?”

Chapter 189: Sex In The City: “Can you top that?”             Jack came to group after a panic attack. He looked visibly shaken. Kelly asked him: “What’s wrong? You look like you just lost your best friend?” Jack replied: “I did just lose my best friend. Helen left me for another...
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‘Gaslighting’

The recent interest in ‘gaslighting’ has motivated me to post a section on that topic from my book: Emotional Incest in Group Psychotherapy–A Conspiracy of Silence published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2014.  While the focus of this section is gaslighting as...
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Chapter 74: “When Will I Be Ready To Leave Group? Hello, I Must Be Going”

Chapter 74: When Will I Be Ready To Leave Group Therapy?   “Hello I must be going.” There’s a law in physics that states: ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’.  That law could just as easily apply to the process of group therapy.  Emotional growth is not...
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Chapter 142: If Looks Could Kill

Chapter 142: If Looks Could Kill– “Hello, I’m Dr. Pepper and just like my counterpart here…. I’m so misunderstood”. Strutting into the classroom for the first time, I knew that I was dead meat. This was the first graduate school class that I taught and I wanted to make a...
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The Fish Stinks From The Head Down

When President Trump plays fast and loose with the facts, is it small wonder that his nominees are accused of lying under oath? Trump has referred to his administration as ‘a well oiled machine’: I think a more apt metaphor would be: ‘The fish stinks from the...
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Chapter 230: A Cyber Stalker In Group

Chapter 230:  A Cyber Stalker In Group Therapy Despite my group therapy rule about confidentiality: “Members are  known to each other on a first name basis only and nothing leaves the room”—some group members don’t abide by it, some don’t abide by it gleefully. Nick was such an...
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To Have Someone Is To Lose Someone

                   Chapter 79: “To Have Someone Is To Lose Someone” In order to cope with day to day living, we all deny the inevitable. The fact that most of us outlive our parents, some even dying of old age, does not lessen the pain of the loss.  For however long...
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The Addict In Group

Chapter 147: The Addict in Group  We humans are dependent creatures. We are born dependent and need each other throughout our lives; but when our relationships don’t meet our three basic dependency needs—-: 1.To be loved 2. To be accepted 3. To be understood— we...
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I’m A Professional Voyeur

Chapter 61: I’m a Professional Voyeur I get paid to be a yenta. As a group therapist, my job is to stick my nose in other people’s business– that includes their sex lives.    Some of my colleagues don’t see it that way. They think that I’m too intrusive.  Some of the...
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Humpty-Trumpty Sat On A Wall………

Humpty-Trumpty had a great fall All of his toadies and all of his yes-men Couldn’t put Trumpty back together again. To paraphrase George Santayana: “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it”.   History has taught us that presidents, like Lyndon...
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” I Think Your Values Stink”

Chapter 205: “ I Think Your Values Stink” Milton, a very rich real estate developer, was full of himself. He treated people, himself included, as objects. When he told the group he wanted help deciding what kind of  car to buy– a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, I almost laughed...
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Are You Happy With Your Weight?

Chapter 133: Are You Happy With Your Weight?   Eating disorders are one of the most difficult disorders to treat. Obviously, we can live without drugs and alcohol but not food. One of my first questions at a screening interview with overweight prospective group members is: “Are...
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“Are You Getting The Reaction You’re Looking For?

Chapter 49: “Are You Getting The Reaction That You’re Looking For?” Many years ago, I looked around the group room while members listened in stunned silence as Tasos animatedly told the group of his weekend of debauchery. The group looked at him in shock.  Tasos, a handsome,...
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“Friends, Romans & Countrymen” Political Discussions In Group

Chapter 194 “Friends, Romans and Countrymen”—Political Discussions In Group In the wake of the contentious presidential election of 2016, my therapy groups have been galvanized, and at times, have become polarized, as members vent their feelings about the results.  While members...
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Table of Contents: 99 Unconventional Interventions

I’d like your opinion. Do these chapter titles and brief descriptions draw your interest? Table of Contents:“ 99 Unconventional Interventions In Group Psychotherapy” Part I: Unconventional Techniques For Non –Treatment Destructive Resistance   1. Chapter 1: Clothes...
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Don’t Be An Aggressive Force In A Frightened Woman’s Life

Interventions are in bold print. Chapter 4: Don’t Be An Aggressive Force In A Frightened Woman’s Life Some group members are in individual treatment with me, some are not.   For those seen only in group, I always make sure to have some verbal contact with them each session,...
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I’d Like Your Opinion

I’d like the opinion of my blog readers. A prospective publisher has recommended that the chapters in my new book be written  in the format of a power point: Intervention, Example, Contraindictions. I think people prefer reading a story with the interventions written as an...
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The Post Dated Check

A group member approached me after group and handed me his check. He told me that it was post-dated and asked me not to cash it until it was good.  I said:”Ok”.  After he left, I looked at the post date — The date was 20,016. Did you believe in Freudian slips? ...
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Clothes Make The Man

Here’s Another Chapter From My Book: ’99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy’ One of my group rules is the dress code. I consider group therapy to be work and I expect members to dress accordingly. Back in the day, that meant jacket and tie for...
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