Group psychotherapy for patients with dementia

James Greene, Tyjwana A. Ingram, Woody Johnson

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Abstract

Some of the goals of our group psychotherapy sessions on the inpatient unit include (1) creation of an emotional climate of acceptance and warmth that helps patients learn to accept themselves and their feelings, (2) frequent intervention by the group facilitator/therapist to help facilitate social interaction for patients whose communication ability is impaired, (3) opportunity for patients to experience the feeling of belonging, of being part of a group, (4) opportunity for patients to ventilate feelings and rediscover mutual kinds of experience, (5) opportunity for patients to reminisce about past accomplishments and give new meaning to their current lives, and (6) creation of a platform for patients to achieve a sense of self by expressing personal opinions in an environment of respect and acceptance. The outcome of group therapy for demented as well as nondemented patients should be increased ability to cope with losses at several levels, promotion of new skills, increased adaptation skills, and increased ability to accept change. We also want patients to learn to express feelings and to realize that the expression of feelings can have a positive outcome (relief from repression, clarification of ambivalence, solutions, etc).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1033-1035
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Volume86
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Group Psychotherapy
Dementia
Emotions
Aptitude
Ego
Interpersonal Relations
Inpatients
Communication

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Group psychotherapy for patients with dementia. / Greene, James; Ingram, Tyjwana A.; Johnson, Woody.

In: Southern Medical Journal, Vol. 86, No. 9, 01.01.1993, p. 1033-1035.

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Greene, James ; Ingram, Tyjwana A. ; Johnson, Woody. / Group psychotherapy for patients with dementia. In: Southern Medical Journal. 1993 ; Vol. 86, No. 9. pp. 1033-1035.
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