Group treatments for individuals at risk for suicide: A PRISMA scoping review

Background:┬áThis PRISMA scoping review explored worldwide research of interventions for suicide prevention delivered within a group setting. Research on group treatments underscores the importance of peer connection in diminishing social isolation and increasing social support. Additional benefits of group treatment include cost efficiency and maximization of staff time. However, the clinical outcomes of group treatments […]

An open trial of a suicide safety planning group treatment: “Project Life Force”

In 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs mandated that clinicians oversee the construction of a Suicide Safety Plan for every patient who is identified as “high risk” for suicide. While the Suicide Safety Plan is a mandated “best practice,” there are currently no recommended guidelines for its augmentation in a group setting. To address this […]

Rapid adoption and implementation of telehealth group psychotherapy during COVID 19: Practical strategies and recommendations

Behavioral health services have been tasked with rapidly adopting and implementing teletherapy during the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic to assure patient and staff safety. Existing teletherapy guidelines were developed prior to the pandemic and do not capture the nuances of rapidly transitioning in-person individual and group-based treatments to a teletherapy format. In this paper, we describe our […]

Group treatments for individuals at risk for suicide: A PRISMA scoping review (ScR)

Background This PRISMA scoping review explored worldwide research of interventions for suicide prevention delivered within a group setting. Research on group treatments underscores the importance of peer connection in diminishing social isolation and increasing social support. Additional benefits of group treatment include cost efficiency and maximization of staff time. However, the clinical outcomes of group […]

Systems training for emotional predictability and problem solving (STEPPS) group treatment for offenders with borderline personality disorder.

Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) is a manual-based group treatment of persons with borderline personality disorder (BPD). We report results from a study of offenders supervised by the Iowa Department of Corrections. Seventy-seven offenders participated in STEPPS groups. The offenders experienced clinically significant improvement in BPD-related symptoms (d = 1.30), mood, […]

Group Therapy and Suicide (IN: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior, edited by R I Yufit & D Lester)

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A Group Intervention for Adolescents and Young Adults With Recurrent Suicide Attempts (IN: Suicide: Strategies and Interventions for Reduction and Prevention, ed. by S Palmer)

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The Therapeutic Structure of a Crisis Intervention Center With Emphasis on Short-Term In-Patient Group Therapy as the Central Facility – Catamnestic Investigation on the Question of Efficiency

Within the framework of a crisis intervention department of a university medical centre, this presentation discussed inpatient group therapy as a central possibility for crisis intervention. The functions of group therapy were examined from the point of view of their adequacy & effectiveness for different patient groups. The results of a catamnestic investigation were presented […]

Effectiveness of Psychosocial Treatments on Suicidality in Personality Disorders

OBJECTIVE: Axis II disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder, are highly associated with suicidal behaviours. This paper aims to evaluate treatment of suicidality in borderline personality disorder. METHOD: Systematic review of the empirical literature on the clinical effectiveness of psychosocial treatments in reducing suicidal behaviours in patients with personality disorders. A summary of empirical findings is […]

To Murder the Internal Mother or to Commit Suicide? Anti-Group in a Group of Second-Generation Holocasut Survivors Whose Children Committed Suicide

This article presents the development of an anti-group among a group of parents whose children committed suicide. All the participants but two were children of Holocaust survivors (i.e. second-generation Holocaust survivors); these two were married to second-generation Holocaust survivors, so that in all cases, the son who committed suicide had at least one parent who […]

Randomized Trial of Group Therapy for Repeated Deliberate Self-harm in Adolescents

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A Crude way of Loving: on Surviving the Trauma of Therapeutic Change With Borderline Patients in Group Psychotherapy

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In the Aftermath of Suicide: Needs and Interventions (IN: Treatment of Suicidal Patients in Managed Care, ed. by J M Ellison)

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Falling in and out of Class Structures

This article focuses on a single case study of depression in a mother & son, which ultimately culminated in the mother’s death by suicide. The author relates the depressive illnesses experienced by both parties to major disruptions of identity caused by social mobility & demographic change. (3 refs)

From the Therapeutic Community to the Community: a Preliminary Evaluation of a Psychosocial Outpatient Service for Severe Personality Disorders

In this paper a preliminary evaluation of a specialist programme for the ambulatory treatment of patients with personality disorder is presented. This study presents 36 months’ follow up results in several dimensions of patients’ functioning, including number & severity of psychiatric symptoms, social adaptation, self-harm, attempted suicide & psychiatric utilisation. The results showed significant improvements […]

When is a Group not a Circle?

In this article, the author attempts to show that containment in Foulkesian group-analytic therapy has a number of different aspects. The author outlines how containment needs to be active as well as interpretive, & outlines the role of the conductor. She then describes the case of a male patient with borderline personality disorder, whose absences […]

Wounded Adolescence: School-Based Group Psychotherapy for Adolescents who Sustained or Witnessed Violent Injury (IN: School Violence: Assessment, Management, Prevention, edited by M Shafii & S L Shafii)

This chapter describes the design, implementation, & qualitative evaluation of a school-based pilot group psychotherapy program for adolescents who directly sustained violent injury or who witnessed the violent injury or death of a close friend or family member. “Wounded adolescence” refers to the profound developmental impact of violent traumatization among adolescents. From postgroup evaluative essays, […]

Exploring Together: an Early Intervention Program for Families With Children or Adolescents at Risk

This presentation discussed “Exploring Together”, a short-term group therapy program for children & adolescents with emotional & behavioural problems. The program consists of a children’s/adolescents’ group, a parent’s group, & a group for children, adolescent & parents, as well as meetings for partners & teachers. The program has been held in clinics, community agencies, & […]

Crisis-Oriented Narrative Group Therapy

Narrative theory provides a useful framework for brief group treatment of persons in crisis because it proposes that understanding of experience is gained through social discourse. Groups offer persons in crisis a new context for attributing meaning to critical events. This article presents a discussion of literature on brief group treatment & of elements of […]

9 to 19: Crucial Years for Self-Esteem in Children & Youth

Enhancing Outpatient Treatment Compliance: a Multifamily Psychoeducational Intake Group (IN: Treatment Approaches With Suicidal Adolescents, edited by J K Zimmerman & G M Asnis)

Adolescent suicide attempters & their families are frequently noncompliant with outpatient treatment. This chapter reviews studies that have identified & attempted to overcome this problem. It reports on the implementation of a multifamily psychoeducational intake group, describes the orientation group, & provides some results achieved by this group. Clinical examples illustrate the process that typically […]

Group Treatment of Suicidal Adolescents (IN: Treatment Approaches With Suicidal Adolescents, edited by J K Zimmerman & G M Asnis)

Because group life is crucial to adolescent development, this chapter considers group psychotherapy a treatment of choice for teenagers. It discusses planning & management of groups (physical setting, therapist characteristics, referral systems, & inclusion criteria), therapeutic factors necessary for group work, screening factors, & special problems. Group therapy is presented as an underutilized, practical, cost-effective […]

Crisis Intervention: Theory and Methodology

Chapter 1 of this textbook is on the development of crisis intervention methodology. Chapter 2 examines the differences between a number of psychotherapeutic techniques while Chapter 3 looks at therapeutic groups. Chapter 4 discusses sociocultural factors that can act as barriers in the therapy process & Chapter 5 reviews problem-solving. Chapters 6 & 7 are […]