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Dr. Virginia Brabender Publishes Textbook on Group Psychotherapy

Virginia Brabender, a professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology

Virginia Brabender co-authored a new text resource for students and clinicians who treat individuals in short-term group psychotherapy.

Chester, Pa. -- Dr. Virginia Brabender, a professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, published a new book entitled Group Psychotherapy in Inpatient, Partial Hospital, and Residential Care Settings. The book, which Brabender co-authored with Dr. April Fallon, a clinical professor at Drexel University College of Medicine and faculty member at Fielding Graduate University, is a resource dedicated to describing six therapy models that can be used to treat individuals in facilities that offer short-term group psychotherapy.

The book emphasizes the interactions between and among group members and the therapist as well as examines the theoretical underpinnings, characteristic interventions, relevant research, strengths and weaknesses across different clinical contexts, and the unique demands of the therapy setting.

"Group psychotherapy, research shows, is a highly effective method of treating psychological problems and helping individuals advance towards their goals," Brabender said. "It is used to maximum advantage when it takes into account the context in which treatment takes place."

Fallon and Brabender have collaborated on numerous publications surrounding such topics as group therapy and adoptive parents in addition to working with many trainee-psychotherapists over the years. In 2017 they co-published The Impact of Parenthood on the Therapeutic Relationship: Awaiting the Therapist's Baby.

As a professor at Widener, Brabender has been involved with the practice and science of psychology, aiming to nurture openness to different points of view. Her research has been in the areas of psychological assessment, group psychotherapy, as well as ethical and training issues for psychologists and clinicians' personal-professional development.

Brabender and Fallon’s text offers a detailed blueprint for how such treatment of group psychotherapy should be conducted. Each chapter follows a consistent outline and offers an extended case example so that readers can appreciate the model in action. The book also features some newer approaches to group treatment such as a mentalization-based model and an ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) application.

“When I began to practice, no text existed that compared the models to one another. Now therapists will be able to select the model that is optimal for their setting,” Brabender said.

The text was published by American Psychological Association and is available on Amazon.com.

 

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/


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