A psychotherapeutic approach to task-oriented groups of severely ill patients

Journal Article

This paper presents a conceptual approach for leading various types of groups of chronically mentally ill patients. Although these groups may have a concrete, task-oriented purpose, with skillful leadership they also function as psychotherapy groups. The developmental deficits in ego functions, object relations, and social skills that severely impair such groups can be compensated by non-interpretative actions of the therapists. The group leader must actively work to provide for the structure, stability, and safety of the group when group members are unable to provide these for themselves.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, WH; Diamond, RJ; Factor, RM

Published Date

  • 1985

Published In

  • Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

Volume / Issue

  • 58 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 363 - 372