Toward optimum group placement from the perspective of the self or self-experience

Research paper by Irene N. H. Harwood

Indexed on: 01 Sep '95Published on: 01 Sep '95Published in: Group


This paper offers referring and prospective group analysts/therapists a way of conceptualizing optimum placement. This approach, using the charts provided, will aid in determining the patient's current needs based on past and present selfobject functions, deficits/ derailments, and traumatizations. The charts also offer the group analyst/therapist a tool with which to evaluate the present selfobject functions, impingements, and traumatizations that may be available in a prospective group to determine whether the match is appropriate or whether group should be the treatment modality of choice. When the interviewing analyst/therapist has taken all of the current and past selfobject functions and traumatizations into account, the patient can be expected to benefit from the most growth-enhancing placement available.