ERIC Number: ED102479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Effective Communication in Adolescent Group Psychotherapy.
Azima, Fern J.
This paper defines a useful strategy for therapists working with adolescents which includes: (1) a general model of the group leader's responsibilities and (2) a cataloguing of some of the specific impediments for both adolescent peers and the therapist that prevent effective communication. The goal of the group therapy is to identify the specific impediments and distorted transference relationships. Unlike conventional leaders the group therapist makes no bid for power. He searches out the silent and negative members spontaneously and, at the same time, is concerned with the group as an effective growing unit. The problems encountered in this context are those of peer transference and leader countertransference as barriers to effective communication. Some transference themes described are: attitudes toward authority and peers; acting out; silence; and somatization or the technique of handling stress by somatic symptoms. Conversely, countertransference reactions of therapists are listed: omnipotence; fear of self-disclosure; overidentification with the adolescent; or somatization and blind spots, i.e., the therapist becomes alerted to his own anxiety or depression by symptoms such as headaches, flushing, nausea, cramps. In summary, the paper presents a general model of the effective group therapist and his major responsibilities for both cognitive and positive emotional leadership. (Author/RJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 1974)