The Group as Therapist

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2001 - Psychology - 206 pages

'This book leads the author clearly and smoothly to a natural acceptance of the power of the group as therapist. The author's extensive experience in the field, together with her academic training and curiosity, has enabled her to weave the contributions of past and present theorists and practitioners into her thesis with masterful ease. No pretentious professional jargon obstructs our immediate grasp of the material; she builds her arguments from the basic to the sophisticated in clear and simple language, accessible to all.'

- Israel Journal of Psychiatry

'This is a brilliant exposition written in a deceptively simple style. It is a must!'

- Patrick de Mar

'Slowly group-analytic ideas and methods are contributing to the humanizing of psychiatry and to the great good of civil society. This book is a contribution to that process.'

- Malcolm Pines

In this clear and accessible text, Rachael Chazan argues the case for the classical analytic group and demonstrates its potential benefits. She applies the model to couples and multiple family groups, and groups with psychotic and borderline personalities, using illustrations from her own extensive clinical experience. In the final chapter she examines the role of the analytic group in ethical relating, and the development of a sense of justice and moral sensitivity in the light of the theories of Money-Kyrle and Piaget. Her thought-provoking conclusion is that the analytic group differs from Kant by replacing his listed codes of duty with empathy and reciprocity.

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Dr Malcolm Pines is Series Editor for the International Library of Group Analysis. In this context, he is also the writer of the second Foreword to this book.
Against this background it is also of
interest that disciplinary facts concerning Dr Pines's professional practice are as follows:
British Psycho-Analytical Society
Following the submission of a complaint alleging serious professional misconduct (including sexual, physical, emotional and financial abuse) Dr Pines resigned from the British Psycho-Analytical Society in July 1998 to avoid facing the disciplinary proceedings of the Society.
General Medical Council
Following the same complaint being lodged with the General Medical Council, the Fitness to Practice Directorate informed Dr Pines in May 1999 that he faced charges of serious professional misconduct before the Professional Conduct Committee, or the option of seeking voluntary erasure from the Register. Dr Pines resigned.
Institute of Group Analysis
The Institute of Group Analysis has never adjudicated the above same complaint on the grounds that those events fell outside the three year time limitation of its Disciplinary Proceedings. No discretion in the matter was allowed.
However, Dr Pines was found guilty of other lesser charges which fall within the three year rule, and had sanctions imposed on him under two separate sets of disciplinary proceedings at the IGA: the first in January 2000, the second in August 2005. On the first occasion Dr Pines did not comply in full with all the terms of the sanctions imposed. On the second occasion he omitted to comply with any of them within the stipulated time.
In January 2006 a third disiciplinary panel was called by the IGA to adjudicate Dr Pines' non-compliance with the sanctions of the August 2005 disciplinary proceedings. Only after the panel referred this issue to the IGA Council to be dealt with under paragraph 7b of the Constitution did Dr Pines finally decide to comply.
These matters were referred back to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
In June 2006, a Disciplinary Note was published in Dialogue, the newsletter of the IGA, which stated that,
".....The Disciplinary Committee [August 2005], found that the complaints
constituted serious professional misconduct. The committee concluded that
members of the public and the profession need to be aware of Dr Pines'
disciplinary record [at the IGA]......".
The Disciplinary Note also stated that the Committee considered that,
".....Dr Pines is not a fit person to represent the IGA...."
Regents College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
The School (where Dr Pines was listed as an Honorary Visiting Fellow) took the above matters forward with Dr Pines under the School's internal procedures. Dr Pines resigned.
British Journal of Psychotherapy
In May 2008 the BJP Management Group informed Dr Pines that they had removed his name from the list of those on the Editorial Advisory Panel


A View of Psychotherapy
Models of Therapeutic Systems
The Group as Open System
Aspects of the Group Relationship
The Individual and the Group Separateness and Belonging
The Group and Perception
The View from Different Perspectives
The Person of the Therapist Science Art and Intuition
The Multiple Family Therapy Group
The Case for the Therapeutic Community
The Couples Group
The Median Group
Ethics and the Group
Towards Ethical Relating

Special Kinds of Groups
Groups with Psychotic and Borderline Personalities

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About the author (2001)

Rachael Chazan is a psychiatrist who qualified in London and works in Jerusalem where she also graduated in philosophy. She is a supervisor of the Faculty of Psychotherapy, Tel Aviv University and has chaired the Israel Group Analytic Society.

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