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Group Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders

Edited by Heather Harper-Giuffre, B.N., B.Sc., M.Sc, and K. Roy MacKenzie, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-419-0
  • Item #8419


This is the first book to fully explore the use of group therapy in the treatment of eating disorders. Contributors offer practical guidelines on the strategies and interventions employed in a variety of treatment approaches. Group Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders integrates theory and application to clarify why and how particular group approaches are applicable to specific situations. It highlights the tactics and techniques by which the group modality can be successfully adapted for a variety of purposes.


  • Eating Disorder Groups in Perspective.

    Overview of the eating disorders. Introduction to group concepts. Medical assessment and management. Cognitive-behavioral group treatment for bulimia nervosa: integrating psychoeducation and psychotherapy. Interpersonal group psychotherapy.

    Specialized Group Treatment.

    Inpatient group treatment. Day hospital group treatment. Body image groups. Family relations groups. Sexual abuse groups. Adolescent group treatment. Support and self-help groups. Continuing care groups for chronic anorexia nervosa. Appendix: The road to recovery: a manual for participants in the psychoeducational group for bulimia nervosa.

This book makes an original and substantial contribution to the theory and practice of group psychotherapy methods for the treatment of patients with eating disorders. . . . This volume constitutes a major, up-to-date, lively, and comprehensive resource for a wide variety of professionals in the field of eating disorders.—American Journal of Psychiatry

The book is unequivocally advocated for any professional interested in the treatment of eating disorders.—Contemporary Psychology

The contributors represent a wide range of disciplines and treatment settings. It is definitely recommended to those in private practice or clinical settings (medical, nursing, psychological, and psychiatric) who want either to start a group program or to enhance an existing one.—Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health

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