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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
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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

This book is a worthwhile reference for any practicing clinician involved with eating disorder patients, especially for those interested in working in a group modality. In this exploration of group therapy as one component in an overall treatment program, editors Heather Harper-Giuffre and K. Roy MacKenzie have filled a void in the clinical literature. This is a very readable book, replete with theory, practical guidance, and warnings. The reader comes away with workable knowledge of the differences between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa and the continuum between the two. The only significant shortcoming of the text is its minimal discussion of the male population affected by these disorders. The section's best chapter, by Ron Davis et al., differentiates clearly between pscyhoeducation and cognitive behavioral group models. . . . The authors offer group leaders a clear and useful guide to evaluate the intervention when faced with these problems. They also list criteria for exclusion from group, and important diagnostic and treatment issues. The chapter by Patrica J. Perry on sexual abuse is powerful and the Appendix by Ron Davis et al. is most helpful. On balance, this is an excellent theoretical and clinical textbook on a subject which should be of great interest to group therapists.—GROUP: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society

Group Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders is a must-read reference for any practicing clinician working with eating disorder patients, especially in group modality. This is a very readable book, replete with theory, practical guidance, and warnings.—American Journal of Psychotherapy

This is a book that can be designated as a most timely addition to the literature of eating disorders. This book can be recommended without reservation as an outstanding addition to the field of psychotherapy in groups.—Felix E. F. Larocca, M.D., Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

The Toronto group has done it again. This time they have compiled an excellently edited volume that is truly comprehensive, detailed, descriptive, practical, and otherwise outstanding. . . . The aughors have done an excellent job of comgining an overview of eating disorders and group therapy, and have provided practical 'how-to' information about conducting groups in every conceivable format. This book is outstanding, and should be required reading for anyone treating eating disorders patients in a group setting.—Eating Disorders Review

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