Wednesday 1 June 2016

Book Review: Beyond Therapy: Igniting Life Focus Community Movements

Beyond Therapy
(Nonfiction - Group Psychotherapy, Social Psychology) 

Here is one I should have read when I was doing my M.A. in Counseling Psychology. It develops good strategies for creating a life focus group, and would benefit mental health professionals, as well as those who work with people, such as teachers. 

Groups have been a good way to meet, talk, about books, people, issues, and this will help those who facilitate such groups. It teaches one to honour diversity, while creating a community. It will help one to establish the higher purpose, personal enlightenment, in the fast-paced world. Too often, the news brings stories of those who hurt one another, those more concerned with finding selfish pleasures, the "Me" generation, rather that respecting one another. 

From the book:
Author Erving Polster examines the role of “life focus"in three of society’s most familiar activities: ordinary conversation, the arts, and religion. He shows the life focus movement to be an indivisible complement to just simply living. In proposing a paradigm shift from psychotherapy’s priority for changing people’s troubled lives into the complementary purpose of illuminating their lives, the author invites the participation of many people who do not seek remedial treatment for emotional or psychological problems.

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William Kendall said...

Thank you for pointing this one out.

Barrie said...

There is definitely something to be said for facing life struggles as part of a group. Thank you, Jenn!

Sarah Laurence said...

This sounds like a helpful resource. I certainly enjoy our book review club!