TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical History

Scope and Content of the Collection

Administrative Information

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Arrangement of the Collection

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Curriculum Vitae

Series 2: Education Credits

Series 3: Awards and Certificates

Series 4: Correspondence

Series 5: Class Papers and Exams

Series 6: Publications

Series 7: Group Therapy Studies

Series 8: Research Notes

Series 9: Audio Visuals

Series 10: Case Studies

Series 11: Book Reviews

Adelphi Libraries

The Louis R. Ormont Psychology Collection



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Adelphi University
Creator: Ormont, Louis R.
Title: The Louis R. Ormont Psychology Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1923-2006
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet (11 boxes)
Abstract: Dr. Louis R. Ormont was a pioneer in the field of group psychotherapy who dedicated over 45 years to researching, writing, and speaking abouth group therapy practices. His work in group psychotherapy led him to found The Center for Group Studies and has published more than 30 professional articles on the subject. In 1974, Dr. Ormont joined the faculty at Adelphi University’s Gordon Derner Institution of Advanced Psychological Studies.
Language: Collection materials are in English.

Biographical History

Dr. Louis R. Ormont was born and raised in Philadelphia in 1918. After receiving a BA from Temple University, he later went on to study playwriting at Yale School of Drama and later Columbia University’s clinical psychology program. Although most noted as a psychoanalysis and pioneer for group psychotherapy, Dr. Ormont was also a prolific playwright, writting over 50 manuscripts for theatre, television, and film. A student of the theater, Ormont developed a teaching method combining scholastic and experimental learning, that made his public presentations sought after events. His writing is characterized by prose that simplifies complex theories and highlights the role of the therapist in negotiating the densities of group process. This prompted him to establish the Ormont Method; which recognized the group experience as an “agent of change."

Ormont played a pivotal role in establishing two very prominent centers for psychotherapy. In 1970 he helped establish The Center for Modern Psychoanalysis Studies in New York along with his wife, Joan Ormont and numerous other colleagues and The Center for Group Studies in 1989. He has dedicated over five decades to the study of group therapy, leading over 20,000 group sessions and publishing more than 30 professional articles on group therapy, as well as two highly acclaimed books on the subject: The Group Therapy Experiment and The Technique of Group Treatment. In 1974, Dr. Ormont joined the faculty at Adelphi University’s Gordon Derner Institution of Advanced Psychological Studies and has also held faculty positions at Washington School of Psychiatry, New York University Medical School, Columbia University, Manhattan Center for Advanced Psychological Studies, Boston Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and The Philadelphia School for Psychoanalysis. In 1998, Dr. Ormont was named “Group Psychologist of the Year” by the American Psychological Association and in 2000 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

The Louis R. Ormont Collection contains materials from two distinct sides of Dr. ormont's life and career; his literary career as a playwright and his medical career as a psychologist and psychoanalyst. The Louis R. Ormont Literary Collection chieftly consists of play and television manuscripts from several of his literary endeavors including his time at Yale University. The collection also includes academic papers, play programs, correspondence relating to Ormont's scripts, notecards, paperback plays, and books relating to theatre. The Louis R. Ormont Psychology Collection consists largely of his publications on group therapy but also includes handwritten notes and research materials. The collection also includes a large amount of audio visual materials including reel to reel, cassettes, and VHS tapes.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Louis R. Ormont Psychology Collection; Box and folder number; Adelphi University Archives and Special Collections, Garden City, NY.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in early 2012 by Vanessa Nastro under the supervision of Professor Jessica Wagner.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The Louis R. Ormont Psychology collection is open to research. Photocopies of fragile materials are provided for researchers in lieu of the originals.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from Adelphi University Archives and Special Collections. Researchers are responsible for copyright compliance.

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Subject and Genre Headings

Persons:

Ormont, Louis R.

Topics:

Group psychotherapy

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Arrangement of the Collection

The 4.5 linear feet of processed material is arranged to the folder level in 13 document boxes and consists of 11 series:

Series 1: Curriculum Vitae
Series 2: Education Credits
Series 3: Awards and Certificates
Series 4: Correspondence
Series 5: Class Papers and Exams
Series 6: Publications
Series 7: Group Therapy Studies
Series 8: Research Notes
Series 9: Audio Visuals
Series 10: Case Studies
Series 11: Book Reviews

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Series 1: Curriculum Vitae
Includes curriculum vitae and resumes for Louis R. Ormont, information on affiliations, clinical experience, and seminars.
Box Folder
1 1 Curriculum Vitae, 1946-2001

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Series 2: Education Credits
Includes school transcripts, undergraduate and graduate educational credits, and a diploma. Several documents in this series list Dr. Ormont’s last name as Goldberg.
Arranged chronologically when dates are available.
Box Folder
1 2 Academic training and organizations, 1923-1957, 1963
3 Central High School, 1936
4 Boy Scouts of America, 1937, 1939
5 Temple University, 1937-1941
6-7 Army Service Forces, 1942-1947, 1954
8 Western Reserve University, 1945-1946
9 Columbia University, 1956-1958
10 The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP) 

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Series 3: Awards and Certificates
Items include certification as a psychologist and psychoanalysis from the New York State Education Department and National Psychological Association for Psychonalysis, certificates of memberships to The New York Academy Sciences, American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the New York Society of Clinical Psychologists.
Arranged chronologically when dates are available.
Box Folder
1 11 New York State Certification, 1959
Certificate of membership to The New York Academy of Sciences, 1966
Fellowship, 1969
Certificate of membership to the New York Society of Clinical Psychologists, Inc., 1971
Certificate in Psychoanalysis, 1974
Group Psychotherapist Certification, 1995

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Series 4: Correspondence
Items pertaining to Dr. Ormont’s education, his various teaching appointments, fellowships, his participation in panel discussions and presentations, and correspondence between fellow colleagues Dr. Hyman Spotnitz, Dr. Alexander Wolf, and Dr. Asya Kadis.
Arranged chronologically when dates are available.
Box Folder
1 12 Correspondence regarding educational credits, 1956-1959
13 Appointed positions and fellowships, 1963-1967, 1971, 1998-1999
14 Adelphi University, 1973-1974, 1991, 1998, 2000-2002
15 Presentations, panels, and publications, 1958, 1987-1992, 1998
16 From Spotnitz, Wolf, and Kadis, 1955-1957, 1967

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Series 5: Class Papers and Exams
Includes class papers on education and psychology, exams, thesis draft, and class materials pertaining to work done at Columbia University.
Box Folder
2 1 Education Papers, 1957
2 Draft of Ph.D. Thesis, undated
3 Class Materials, 1955-1956

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Series 6: Publications
Articles written by Ormont pertaining to Group psychoanalysis. A Russian language version of Ormont’s publication, The Group Therapy Experience: from theory to practice.
Arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
3 1 Acting in and the Therapeutic Contract in Group Psychoanalysis, 1969
Aggression and Cancer in Group Treatment, undated
Bridging in Group Analysis, 1997
Bringing Life Into the Group Experience: The Power of Immediacy, 1996
Conjoint Therapy, undated
2 Craft of Bridging, The, 1990
Cultivating the Observing Ego in the Group Setting, 1995
Developing Emotional Insulation, 1994
Drawing the Isolate Into the Group Flow, 2004
Establishing the Analytic Contract in a Newly Formed Therapeutic Group, 1962
3 Establishing Transient Identification in the Group Setting, 1999
Group as Agent of Change, The, 1996
Group Resistances, The, undated
Group Resistance and the Therapeutic Contract, 1968
Group Therapy Experience: From Theory to Practice, 1998
Junior Group, The, 1987
4 Keeping the Group Flourishing: The Crisis, 2006
Leader's Role in Dealing with Aggression in Groups, The, 1984
Leader's Role in Resolving Resistances to Intimacy in the Group Setting, The, 1988
Meeting Maturational Needs in the Group Setting, 2002
Meeting Maturational Needs in Modern Group Analysis, 2002
5 Opening Sessions in Group Psychoanalysis, The, 1959
Patient in the Group Setting, The, undated
Preparation of Patients for Group Psychoanalysis, The, 1957
Progressive Emotional Communication: Criteria for a Well-Functioning Group, 1999
Resolution of Resistances By Conjoint Psychoanalysis, The, 1964
Resolving Resistances to Immediacy in the Group Setting, 1993
Role of the Leader in Managing the Pre-Oedipal in the Group Setting, The, 1989
6 Subjective Countertransference in the Group Setting: The Modern Analytic Experience, 1992
Symposium: The Making of a Modern Group Analyst, 1993
Tendency to Differentiate in Perceiving Others as Related to Anxiety and Adjustment, 1960
Training Group Therapists Through the Study of Countertransference, 1980
Treatment of Pre-Oedipal Resistances in the Group Setting, The, 1974
7 Use of the Group in Resolving the Subjective Countertransference, 1991
Use of Objective Countertransference to Resolve Group Resistances, The, 1970
View of the Rise of Modern Group Analysis, A, 1995
Where Is Group Treatment Going in the 21st Century?, 2000

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Series 7: Group Therapy Studies
Items include papers and a notebook written by Ormont on Group Therapy Studies, studies Ormont had written about at Western Reserve, and information pertaining to The Center for the Advancement of Group Studies which Ormont was the founder and Director.
Subseries A: The Center for the Advancement of Group Studies
Items include papers and a notebook written by Ormont on Group Therapy Studies, studies Ormont had written about at Western Reserve, and information pertaining to The Center for the Advancement of Group Studies which Ormont was the founder and Director.
Box Folder
4 1 Related literature 
Subseries B: Papers and Criticisms
Papers written by Ormont pertaining to his work on Group Psychotherapy
Box Folder
4 2 Resistances Encountered During the First Session in Group Psychotherapy 
3 The Effect of Group Psychotherapy on the Self-Concept 
4 An Approach to the Opening Session in Group Psychoanalysis 
5 Report on Group Therapy, 1955
Subseries C: Western Reserve Group Work
Items include papers and a notebook written by Ormont on Group Therapy Studies, studies Ormont had written about at Western Reserve, and information pertaining to The Center for the Advancement of Group Studies which Ormont was the founder and Director.
Box Folder
4 6 Group Deliberation 
7 Notes on group work 
Subseries D: Presentation on Group Analysis
Outline on group therapy, includes handwritten notes and information organized by chapter.
Box Folder
5 1 Presentation on Group Analysis 

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Series 8: Research Notes
Research and study materials on psychoanalysis and group studies. Various topics include seminars given bt Dr. Hyman Spotnitz, existential analysis, dream theory and interpretation, Freud, and other aspects of psychology.
Box Folder
6-9 n/a Notes 

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Series 9: Audio Visuals
Includes VHS tapes, cassettes, and reel to reel materials relating to group therapy.
Box Folder
10-11 n/a Professional and personal recordings 

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Series 10: Case Studies
Items include a notebook, papers and several drawings pertaining to two case studies.
Box Folder
12 1 Sandy 
2 Marvin 

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Series 11: Book Reviews
Several reviews on Dr. Ormont’s publications including, The Group Therapy Experience: From theory to practice, 1992.
Box Folder
12 3 Book Reviews 

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