Creating Contact, Choosing Relationship
The Dynamics of Unstructured Group Therapy
AUTHOR: Richard C. Page and Daniel N. Berkow
PUBLISHER: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
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In Creating Contact, Choosing Relationship, Richard C. Page and Daniel N. Berkow offer a theoretical framework for enhancing the benefit participants can gain from engaging in interactions that are not structured according to predetermined patterns. They offer insights into incorporating both therapists' and group members' capacity for creativity and self-direction into group interactionand how this can enhance the change process.
The authors provide an innovative, ethically-oriented therapeutic framework that can be applied in diverse settings by a variety of mental health practitioners--including psychologists, counselors, social workers, and occupational therapists. Applying existential and psychodynamic concepts, the authors show how development can occur both through interpersonal interactions and perceptual processes within individuals and how unstructured groups can enhance these facets of human development.
Page and Berkow demonstrate how their appproach can help practitioners better interpret interactions that occur within the context of relationships as well as within the group as a whole. And they reveal how professionals can improve their recognition of themes such as love, power, and self-actualization in others.
PUBLICATION DATE: 5/23/1994