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Description - Counseling Individuals with Life-Threatening Illness by Kenneth J. Doka

This is a holistic, family-centred guide to counselling individuals with serious illness and their families. It considers not only the physical manifestations of a life-threatening illness but also its psychological, social, economic, and spiritual implications. This second edition has been revised and updated to reflect the most current research and enhanced theoretical development. One of the book's most significant changes involves the adaptation of a model of concurrent care. This model of care has great implications for end-of-life care since it blurs the sharp divide between treatment that is primarily palliative and treatment that seeks to cure or extend life.

Comprehensive and practical, the book presents useful strategies for counsellors and health care professionals to use with gravely ill individuals in every stage of the life cycle. The book delineates specific tasks for patients to perform and describes issues that must be addressed by patients and their families. It also describes new therapies that have been developed to assist patients in gaining understanding, dignity, and acceptance during this final phase of their lives. Additionally, the book addresses pain management, anticipatory mourning, and caregiver stress and presents effective strategies, best practices, and resources for counsellors to use with individuals during each phase of their illness.

New to this edition:
  • Generational differences as a source of diversity
  • Expanded sections involving meaning-making strategies (dignity enhancement therapy, living eulogies, reminiscence therapy, life review, meaning-centred therapy, moral ethical, and heart wills)
  • Discussion of end-of-life phenomena and ways to assist patient and family in interpreting and responding to them
  • Enhanced coverage of caregiver issues
  • Expanded discussion of spirituality
  • Additional behavioural strategies to assist pain management
  • Anticipatory mourning
  • Post-death grief for family members
  • Chronic care and rehabilitation
  • Incorporates Rand Study on Concurrent Care and other new models

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826195814
ISBN-10: 0826195814
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 320
Imprint: Springer Publishing Co Inc
Publisher: Springer Publishing Co Inc
Publish Date: 8-Aug-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kenneth J. Doka

Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, is Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America, USA. A prolific author, Dr. Doka's books include Spirituality and End-of-Life Care, Grieving Beyond Gender, Pain Management at the End-of-Life: Bridging the Gap between Knowledge and Practice, Living with Grief Series; Men Don't Cry, Women Do: Transcending Gender Stereotypes of Grief; Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing Hidden Sorrow: Living with Life Threatening Illness; Children Mourning, Mourning Children; Caregiving and Loss: Family Needs, Professional Responses; AIDS, Fear and Society; Aging and Developmental Disabilities; and Disenfranchised Grief: New Directions, Challenges, and Strategies for Practice. In addition to these books, he has published over 60 article and book chapters, and is the Editor of Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, and Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement. Dr. Doka has served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the International Group of Dying, Death and Bereavement. He is the recipient of The Association for Death Education and Counseling Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education. He has lectured widely throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and participates in the annual Hospice Foundation of America Teleconference, hosted by Cokie Roberts, and has appeared on CNN, and Nightline, among other outstanding achievements.

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