Acta Medica Medianae
STRUCTURE OF THE THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS IN THE
GROUP THERAPY OF SCHIZOPHRENIC PATIENTS
Snežana Manojlović and Julijana Nikolić-Popović
Clinic for Psychiatry of the Clinic Center, Nis
The group and analytically-oriented psychotherapy of schizoid patients shows some peculiarities springing from the characteristics of the schizoid process itself that necessarily impose certain modifications of the therapeutic goals in techniques.
The aim of the paper is to determine precisely the specific effect of the illness process upon the group psychotherapy process, that is, implications upon the therapeutic engagement.
The verbal therapeutic interventions in a small psychotherapeutic group of schizophrenic patients were examined at the beginning and in the final phase of the psychotherapy treatment.
The results reveal a high presence of the therapeutic interventions characteristics for the therapist's active attitude (therapist interruptions, support giving, information and instruction giving) in the initial phase of the psychotherapy. In the final phase of the group psychotherapy there is still preserved, though less prominent, the therapist's activity but there is a considerable increase of the frequency of the therapeutic interventions aiming at the experience elaboration.
Key words: Therapeutic interventions, group analytical psychotherapy, schizophrenia