As a part of the increasing awareness and use of group therapy in the field of social work, the author relays his experience with two group counseling programs, one for relatives of patients suffering from psychosis and one for relatives of patients who have had cerebral vascular accidents (strokes). Membership to these groups was determined carefully but not exclusively, mostly controlling for group members who would be able to express themselves clearly in speech and who chose to participate. The counselor enabled the rest of the group to generate, discuss, and work on issues related to being a family member of a newly handicapped husband or son. Not only did this help the group members, but significant improvements were noted in the well-being of the patients as well. Thus, the author recommends the proliferation of such group sessions for family members of hospitalized patients.
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Hirsch, Sidney. Group Counseling with Relatives of Hospitalized Patients. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1961: