Group Therapy with Adult
Children of Alcoholics:
For all therapists who work with adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs), this comprehensive book provides expert guidance in setting up and running a psychotherapy group. Successfully integrating theory and practice, Vannicelli surveys the current ACOA literature, explains the rationale for group therapy, describes how to set up a group, and suggests specific group leader techniques Seasoned individual and group psychotherapists as well as paraprofessional counselors will value the considerable insight into adult-child issues — invaluable, as well, for professionals working on family-of-origin issues with other patient populations.”
Endorsements & reviews:
“With the voice of a seasoned and sensitive group therapist, [Dr. Vannicelli] takes the reader along a clinical journey which illuminates and demystifies the task of leading a psychotherapy group with an ACOA membership…a valuable and sensible contribution to the field.” International Journal of
“Excellent…The book is long overdue. It is an essential for mental health professionals working with groups and ACOAs.”
“This is an excellent book! It is a ‘how to’ hands on approach to Adult Children of Alcoholics treatment, which walks the group therapist through the process of patient selection, critical issues, reoccurring themes, and the termination process.”
Social Work with Groups
“A volume that can be recommended strongly as both reference and teaching resource.”
“Marsha Vannicelli does a fine job in breaking down the complexities and pitfalls of group psychotherapy and, in particular, the countertransference issues…The book is well written… does an excellent job of describing psychodynamic issues and problems, as well as countertransference issues in doing group therapy with this patient population.”
“A valuable clinical resource… Vannicelli deserves praise for creating this comprehensive integration of clinical experience and research perspectives on issues related to conducting group therapy with ACOAs.”
Removing the Roadblocks:
Group Psychotherapy with
and Family Members.
Based on the author’s many years of experience supervising group therapists, this quintessentially practical book is designed to help practitioners think through and formulate appropriate strategies in their clinical work with substance abusers and their family members. Utilizing many clinical examples, and providing explanations throughout for her interventions, Vannicelli pays special attention to the therapeutic stance — where the clinician positions him or herself in relation to the patient, and why; and how various strategies and techniques maximize the patient’s opportunity for therapeutic growth. A hallmark of Dr. Vannicelli’s approach, richly illustrated in this work, is her sensitivity to countertransference and the ways it can be used productively in clinical practice.