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Needle and Walker have taken on a complex, profound and essential task — equipping therapists and abortion counselors with the knowledge and skills needed to help their clients. Readers of this book should [gain] an increased understanding of how women's diverse life circumstances affect their ability to cope with the difficult decisions and circumstances surrounding abortion.
— From the Foreword by Nancy Felipe Russo, PhD, Regents Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University
This book looks to refute the myth of post-abortion syndrome that often causes prolonged feelings of sadness after an abortion. This book will train general therapists and counselors in pre- and post-abortion counseling techniques on how to cope with the stress of abortion—to avoid women experiencing unnecessary psychological problems created by those who insist that the non-existent syndrome exists.
Foreword by Nancy Felipe Russo
Preface: On a Personal Note
• Perspectives for the Mental Health Professional
• The Impact of Abortion Politics on Therapists
• Assessing Competency and Decision-Making Skills Of The Client
• Facts not Myths About Women's Reproductive Health
• Gauging Your client's Emotional Regulation and Good Decision-Making
• Is there a Post Abortion Syndrome?
• A Model Program for Post Abortion Counseling
• Impact of the Abortion Debate on Clinic Workers
• Summary and Conclusions
Appendix 1: Pre-abortion Needs Assessment
Appendix 2: Legislative Summaries for the United States