The Shared Experience of Illness
Stories of Patients, Families and Their Therapists
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Shared Experience of Illness by Susan H. McDaniel
Book DescriptionIn the narrative of every human life and family, illness is a prominent character. Even if we have avoided serious illness ourselves, we cannot escape its reach into our circle of family and friends. Illness brings us closer to one another through caregiving and separates us through disability and death, yet little attention has been paid to personal and family illness in psychotherapy. Rather, therapists tend to focus on the psychosocial realm, leaving the biological realm to other physicians and nurses. Susan H. McDaniel, Jeri Hepworth, and William J. Doherty invited therapists who work with individuals and families experiencing chronic illness and disability to describe clinical cases that illustrate their approach to medical family therapy. Contributors then were asked to share a personal story about their experiences with illness, and to explain how those experiences affect the way they work with their clients. Vivid case studies dealing with a range of illnesses, including cancer infertility, schizophrenia, AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and multiple sclerosis, show how the therapists' own experiences of illness are relevant to their care of others-and how these experiences can be used to form a healing bond in therapy. Poignant, honest, and illuminating, The Shared Experience of Illness allows us to understand more fully the relationship between the personal and the professional.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465044306
(229mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 10-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Susan H. McDaniel
Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care, Hardback (January 2014)
This thorough update of a classic text describes the impact of recent economic and structural changes in health care on the role of the medical family therapist, and how medical and mental health providers can learn to collaborate in various settings.
Family Therapy, Paperback (October 2009)
There are many different types of family therapy, but at the heart of each is systems theory, a model that arose from the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, and cybernetics. This book discusses the history, theory, and practice of this systems-oriented therapy.
Individuals, Families and the New Era of Genetics, Hardback (November 2006)
American Journal of Nursing 2007 Book of the Year Award Winner.
Primary Care Psychology, Hardback (September 2003)» View all books by Susan H. McDaniel
This text examines the essential role that psychology plays in the delivery of primary care. Chapters provide descriptions of procedures that successfully implement theory, analyses of clinical and research implications and discussions about the provision of care within special populations.
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Author Biography - Susan H. McDaniel
Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D., is professor and director of the Division of Family Programs in Psychiatry and co-director of Psychosocial Programs in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She lives in Rochester, New York. Jeri Hepworth, Ph.D., is professor, associate residency director, and director of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. She lives in Willington, Connecticut. William J. Doherty, Ph.D., is professor of Family Social Science and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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