Combined inpatient and outpatient group psychotherapy: A therapeutic model for psychosomatics

M. Von Rad, A. Rüppell

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A special strategy of psychotherapeutic approach to psychosomatic patients is described including a 3-month period of inpatient and a 2-year period of outpatient group psychotherapy. Additional therapeutic procedures applied during the time of hospitalization are a special kind of sensitivity training (‘sensual awareness’ - ‘konzentrative Bewegungs- therapie’) and analytic ergotherapy. The therapeutic techniques used are psychoanalytic with special regard to the scenic figures which arise during the course of a session. The 'scenic function of the ego’ represented in, e.g., certain body movements, sitting-arrange- ments, and talking-sequences offers the opportunity of a possible access to the often poor phantasy life of the psychosomatic patient, suffering from what w»e call the Pinocchio syndrome. The key structure of the model implies the arrangement fixed prior to the onset of therapy between patients and therapist, to stay together as a closed in- and outpatient group for 2 years. This enables the patients to take the risk of new emotional experiences under the cover of protected living conditions in the hospital, as well as the chance to check and confirm these experiences under the pressure of the regular social conditions they live in.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-237
Number of pages4
JournalPsychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes


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