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Group Psychotherapy and Group Function.

Bernard Makowsky, MSW
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(6):632-633. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720180104017.
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Is there any need for the group psychotherapist to be acquainted with knowledge of group dynamics or function? One school of thought, bearing a full psychoanalytic orientation and approach, feel familiarity with this subject is of little significance to the group therapist. Drs Rosenbaum and Berger differ strongly with this point of view. As editors of Group Psychotherapy and Group Function they have not attempted to resolve this issue but are rather concerned with the lack of connection between the therapist and scientific investigator of group function. Their aim is "to stimulate therapists to ask questions and to stimulate social psycholgists to be aware of the many questions that therapists are asking them."

It appears that many group psychotherapists due to their initial training and orientation have turned to the theories of individual personality and pathology when attempting to give meaning to their work. On the other hand,

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