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ERIC Number: ED065815
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
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Group Desensitization: Techniques and Problems of Application.
Heaps, Richard A.; Seamons, Terry R.
This paper provides some practical as well as theoretical uses of group desensitization. It is hoped that the reader will gain some knowledge as to how to apply this technique in a variety of situations as well as with a number of variations. Although some problems of application have been mentioned, the authors intend that the therapist feel a degree of flexibility in modifying these techniques to fit his purposes. This paper is broken down into the following topics: (1) relaxation training, (2) problems in relaxation training, (3) anxiety hierarchy construction, (4) relaxation-imagery process, and (5) variants of group desensitization. The authors mention that in vivo (live rather than imagined) group desensitization is another variant that has been shown to have merit. Although equally as effective as desensitization procedures, it can often become impractical when other simpler approaches are also available. It is also pointed out that relaxation as a technique is rapidly becoming a popular therapeutic device for handling everyday tension. (Author/BW)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Chicago, Illinois, March 25-30, 1972