COGPS Book List


The Group Therapy Experience: From Theory To Practice
by Louis Ormont

This is the original classic textbook for students of group psychotherapy that introduces key concepts and techniques for an informed approach to working with process dynamics from the viewpoint of Modern Group Analysis.


Complex Dilemmas in Group Therapy: Pathways to Resolution
edited By Lise Motherwell & Joseph J. Shay

This edited compilation of over 50 group leaders, including long-time COGPS members Dr. Francis Kaklauskas and Dr. Elizabeth Olson, provides excellent insight and practical advice for working with some of the most challenging dynamics we encounter in group process. Filled with enlivening stories from inside the circle, this book instructs as it entertains.


The Technique of Group Treatment: The Collected Papers of Louis R. Ormont,Ph.D.

Providing an insightful overview to Dr. Lou Ormont’s 50 years of group therapy, this book features a treasure trove of articles that address everything from resistance and aggression to counter-transference and emotional immediacy.


Resolving Resistance in Group Psychotherapy
by Dr. Leslie Rosenthal

“Why aren’t my clients talking to each other?” “What is the group’s resistance saying about my leadership?” These are the kinds of frequent questions that Dr. Rosenthal addresses through both theoretical exploration and enlivening vignettes. The concept of resistance is squeezed, stretched, chewed, and teased apart to reveal both its different types, subtle nuances, and promise for emotional growth.


Wrestling with Destiny: The promise of psychoanalysis
by Lucy Holmes

Is it possible for talking and free associating to really change our lives? According to Lucy Holmes, it not only can but it is now empirically validated with neuroscience. Destiny in this context refers to the repetition compulsion that few so many of us comes up continually in relationship. In the context of group psychotherapy, working towards direct emotional communication functions as a road to re-writing the destiny many of us might predict we have with others.


Attachment in Group Psychotherapy
by Cheri L. Marmarosh

This book is the perfect intersection between attachment theory and group psychotherapy. Do you ever find yourself wondering what attachment interventions might look like for group members with insecure attachment styles? This book joins a variety of theoretical backgrounds including Object Relations, Self Psychology, and Interpersonal Group Therapy to offer practical suggestions for working with hard-to-bridge group members.


Experiences in Groups: and Other Papers
by Wilfred Bion

This is an essential read for anyone interested in groups. Bion’s stories, observations, and considerations are richly packed with layers of meaning and insight that continual reveal themselves over time. It is no wonder this is a book many group leaders return to again and again to gleam no understanding and inspiration.


The Internal Triangle: New Theories of Female Development
by Dr. Lucy Holmes

This engaging and ground breaking work represents over 30 years of Dr. Holmes psychoanalytic work with women both individually and in groups. Exploring how Freud’s drive theory relates to female development, Dr. Holmes explores how an introjective, internalized triangle between the two parents and self can allow for later individuation and increases in resilience.


Relational Group Psychotherapy: From Basic Assumptions to Passion
by Richard Billow

Combining rich theoretical explorations with educational anecdotes from clinical experience, Richard Billow shows how the relational approach places the group leader’s psychology at the center of a group’s process and evolution.


Leadership in a Changing World: Dynamic Perspectives on Groups and Their Leaders
edited by Robert H. Klein et. Al

An excellent compendium of articles that address a wide range of topics, this book is the perfect reference for group leaders who want to have a more informed and nuanced approach to working with social identity, complex organizations, personality styles, and shifting political landscapes.


Resistance, Rebellion and Refusal in Group: The 3 R’s
by Richard Billow

Building on the theoretical foundations of his earlier book, Richard Billow expands on how the dynamics of the search for truth and unconscious pull towards falsity impact the group process. With a surfeit of engaging clinical stories, Richard Billow keeps the reader engaged in a lively discussion of how resistance, rebellion, and refusal can be skillfully worked with to support the group in the collective movement towards truth and understanding.


Traumatic Experience in the Unconscious Life of Groups: The Fourth Basic Assumption
by Earl Hopper

This book is an essential reference for clinicians who work with traumatized individualized in group settings. Positing a fourth basic assumption (Incohesion: Aggregation/Massification) to Bion’s primary three (dependency, fight-flight,  and pairing),  Earl Hopper illuminates both how traumatic experience shapes an individuals membership in groups as well as this can inform skillful group leadership with such clients.


The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy
by Irvin Yalom

The frequent go-to book for Group Therapy courses, this highly informative tome goes both wide and deep in its exploration of what makes this modality so powerful. Incorporating the latest findings in research, the fifth edition of this book ventures into how the new and expanding territories of technology, online group membership, and culturally-informed trauma care are currently impacting the field.


Difficult Topics in Group Psychotherapy: My Journey From Shame to Courage
by Jerome S. Gans

Combining over forty years of group psychotherapy experience, this moving book contains eleven articles that address some of the most common and perplexing challenges we face in group leadership; silence, shame, money, missed sessions, passive communications, courage, and the difficult group member. Additionally, Dr. Gans uses autobiographical stories to introduce each topic and how his personal experiences have shaped his understanding, concern, and approach to each.