The "Now-for-Next"!in Group Therapy: The magic of being together. A model of group therapy

Author/s Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/1 Language Italian
Pages 12 P. 51-62 File size 372 KB
DOI 10.3280/GEST2012-001006
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Relying on Kurt Lewin’s defintion of groups, and on Goodman’s concept of freely fluctuating leadership as a natural function of groups, the author describes a new model for group diagnosis and therapy. Basic principles of this model are the aesthetics of contact and the development of intentionalities for contact among group members. Synchronic and diachronic criteria are described. Synchronic criteria allow the aesthetic observation of groups in the here and now (that is, the vital presence of each member, the flexibility of spontaneous group leadership, the capacity to accept the novelty and diversity of group members). Diachronic criteria give the therapist a sense of the developmental meaning of what group members say or feel (five stages of becoming a group and separating from it). Given the coherence of this model with Gestalt therapy’s epistemology, it can be easily used in training programs and applied to relevant contexts such as organizational consulting.

Keywords: Leadership, group therapy, esthetics of contact, group phases, group consulting.

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Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Il now-for-next nella psicoterapia di gruppo: la magia dello stare insieme. Un modello di intervento gestaltico nei gruppi in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 1/2012, pp 51-62, DOI: 10.3280/GEST2012-001006