Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

Molyn Leszcz (Author) Irvin D. Yalom (Author)


The classic work on group psychotherapy
Hailed by Jerome Frank as "the best book that exists on the subject," Irvin D. Yalom's The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy has been the standard text in the field for decades.
In this completely revised and updated fifth edition, Dr. Yalom and his collaborator Dr. Molyn Leszcz expand the book to include the most recent developments in the field, drawing on nearly a decade of new research as well as their broad clinical wisdom and expertise.
New topics include: online therapy, specialized groups, ethnocultural diversity, trauma and managed care.
At once scholarly and lively, this is the most up-to-date, incisive, and comprehensive text available on group psychotherapy.

Product Details

Basic Books
Publish Date
July 01, 2005
6.5 X 2.2 X 9.3 inches | 2.1 pounds
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About the Author

Irvin D. Yalom, MD, is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the 1974 Edward Strecker Award and the 1979 Foundations' Fund Prize in Psychiatry. He is the author of When Nietzsche Wept (winner of the 1993 Commonwealth Club gold medal for fiction); Love's Executioner, a memoir; Becoming Myself, a group therapy novel; The Schopenhauer Cure; and the classic textbooks Inpatient Group Psychotherapy and Existential Psychotherapy, among many other books. He lives in Palo Alto, California. Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA, is professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is an award-winning clinical educator. Dr. Leszcz is the president of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and a distinguished fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. He is the coauthor of Psychotherapy Essentials to Go: Achieving Psychotherapy Effectiveness. He lives in Toronto, Canada.


"The quintessential book in the field of group work. It covers all of the main ideas and pragmatic methods that anyone leading a group of any kind must master before beginning such a task. Yalom, with Leszcz, has digested and molded the latest research in the field, along with classic studies, into an enjoyable and enlightening reading experience. The reader will discover the core mechanisms necessary for change to occur in groups. In addition, ways of dealing with difficult group members and mans of accomplishing basic tasks are laid out. This volume is both rich in language and deep in practice."--Samuel T. Gladding, PhD, president, American Counseling Association (2004-2005)
"Yalom and Leszcz masterfully apply their interpersonal approach to a wide range of contemporary topics, and group therapies that are not addressed in previous editions. What is remarkable is the smooth integration of vivid case examples, logically derived clinical knowledge, and up-to-date research findings. The fifth edition of this classic text represents compelling and informative reading for trainees and group therapists of all experience levels."--William E. Piper, PhD, director, Psychotherapy Program, department of psychiatry, University of British Columbia
"How do you improve on the classic group psychotherapy text? Keep the innovative and heuristic conceptual framework and engaging writing style and critically incorporate the changing group paradigms and the important empirical findings. Yalom and Leszcz have produced the new classic group psychotherapy text. This edition is a must read for al therapists, students, and researchers."--Dennis M. Kivlighan, Jr., PhD, editor, Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice
"The single best book in the field of group psychotherapy and one of the enduring classics in all the literature of psychotherapy. It is comprehensive, profound, and beautifully written."--Hillel I. Swiller, MD, director, division of psychotherapy, Mount Sinai Medical Center
"This is far and away the best book about group psychotherapy...Yalom writes fluently, knowledgeably, and with clarity and uncommon good sense."--Contemporary Psychology
"A delight to read: a most important and enriching book for anyone practicing group therapy or counselling on either side of the Atlantic."--British Journal of Guidance and Counselling