skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 170455 Find in a Library
Title: Outpatient Group Psychotherapy With Chemically Dependent and Cluster-B Personality Disordered Male Clients (From Chemical Dependency Treatment: Innovative Group Approaches, P 81-96, 1997, L. Donald McVinney, ed. -- See NCJ-170450)
Author(s): D C Greene; L D McVinney
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses the dynamics and interventions specific to group work with chemically dependent and personality disordered men in outpatient treatment.
Abstract: The model of group treatment presented combines interpersonal approaches with cognitive-behavioral strategies. it differs from traditional interpersonal treatment by adopting an initially directive therapeutic style with clearly defined limits and norms; introducing psychoeducational material on addictions, relapse prevention, and recovery; and by incrementally advancing a more exploratory and open-ended approach once sobriety and group cohesion have developed. Structuring the boundaries of the group and establishing behavioral limits for group members are essential to effective group treatment with personality disordered and chemically dependent male clients. Self constructs are maintained through feedback loops that require therapeutic interruption and analysis if clients are to benefit from or even remain in group treatment, increase in awareness of their interpersonal behavior, and fortify their commitment to recovery. Interventions focus on anger, group cohesion, dependency/counterdependency, and expanding schemata and strategies. 41 references
Main Term(s): Drug treatment programs
Index Term(s): Alcoholism treatment programs; Group therapy; Group treatment centers; Mental disorders; Treatment techniques
Note: DCC.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.