Long-Term Behavioral Group Psychotherapy

An Integrative Model
  • Perry L. Belfer
  • Philip Levendusky
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series


This chapter proposes a new integrative model of long-term process-oriented behavioral group psychotherapy. This new model integrates clinical insights from interpersonal process-oriented group psychotherapy (Yalom, 1975) with previously delineated behavioral group therapy (Rose, 1977; Upper & Ross, 1979). This model of treatment intervention is proposed for individuals with complex clinical syndromes (e.g., agoraphobia), entrenched chronic difficulties (e.g., chronic depression, morbid obesity, individuals with “characterological” interpersonal difficulties), or for those who are profoundly disabled (e.g., communication/interpersonal skills deficits of schizophrenics). This model is also relevant for individuals with less “profound” psychological or behavioral disability, although the individual’s length of treatment might be expected to be briefer. Such open-ended groups accept new members as needed and available and graduate members as they accomplish therapeutic goals. Thus, the group takes on a life of its own, independent of the participation of any particular member(s) or even leader(s). The long-term open-ended nature of these groups, degree of disability of their members, and changing membership over time lead to an unfolding of group processes that may be understood and managed.


Group Psychotherapy Group Therapist Interpersonal Process Behavioral Group Group Contract 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Perry L. Belfer
    • 1
  • Philip Levendusky
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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