Abortion Counseling: A Clinician's Guide to Psychology, Legislation, Politics, and Competency

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826102577
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/10/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel B. Needle received her MS and PsyD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her BA in psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Needle completed an internship in clinical psychology at UMDNJ: Robert Wood Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. She is a Florida Certified Sex Therapist. Dr. Needle is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida.

Dr. Needle is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is also the Director of Health Information Services at Positive Friends, an internet dating website for individuals with viral Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Dr. Needle co-founded Florida Friends for Choice (FFC), a non-profit organization whose mission is providing legal aid to women and healthcare providers to guarantee access to safe, quality reproductive health care for all women.

Dr. Needle's clinical and research interests include sexual function and dysfunction, relationship concerns, sexual compulsivity, battered women, and trauma. She has a particular interest in working with individuals both during and following cancer treatment. Dr. Needle has presented her research and clinical work at national and international conferences.

Lenore E. A. Walker, EdD, is a Professor at Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies and Coordinator of the Clinical Forensic Psychology Concentration for doctoral students training to be clinical psychologists. She is also in the Independent Practice of Forensic Psychology and is Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Institute with affiliate centers around the world. Dr. Walker specializes in work with victims of interpersonal violence particularly battered women & abused children. Her expert witness testimony opposed to the numerous challenges to Roe v Wade dealing with notification or consent laws helped established judicial by-pass procedures, especially needed when teens come from homes where there is domestic violence.

Walker earned her undergraduate degree in 1962 from CUNY Hunter College, her Masters of Science in 1967 from CUNY City College and her EdD in psychology from Rutgers, the State University in NJ. In 2004 she received a Post Doctoral Masters Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology at NSU. She has worked on high publicity cases such as with battered women who kill their abusive partners in self defense and testifies on behalf of protective mothers who are being challenged for custody by abusive dads. She lectures and does training workshops all over the world about prevention, psychotherapy, legal cases, and public policy initiatives for abused women and children. Dr. Walker has authored numerous professional articles and 15 books including The Battered Woman (1979), The Battered Woman Syndrome (1984, second edition 2000, Springer Publishing Company), Terrifying Love: Why Battered Women Kill & How Society Responds (1989), Abused Women & Survivor Therapy (1994) and co-author with David Shapiro of Introduction to Forensic Psychology (2004) and with William Dorfman of A First Responders Guide to Abnormal Psychology (2007).

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Table of Contents


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


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