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Caregiver Family Therapy: Empowering Families to Meet the Challenges of Aging

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Caring for an older family member with physical or cognitive impairments is a difficult, strenuous process that brings challenges as well as rewards. Caregivers often struggle to balance their own needs with those of the care recipient. Their relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and even the care recipient can suffer as well. As a result, family members often seek professional help to guide them through the caregiving process. This book presents caregiver family therapy (CFT), a systems approach to ...

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Overview

Caring for an older family member with physical or cognitive impairments is a difficult, strenuous process that brings challenges as well as rewards. Caregivers often struggle to balance their own needs with those of the care recipient. Their relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and even the care recipient can suffer as well. As a result, family members often seek professional help to guide them through the caregiving process. This book presents caregiver family therapy (CFT), a systems approach to working with families that care for an aging adult. In CFT, the therapist helps family members identify challenges and resources, clarify values and strategies for addressing each challenge, restructure family roles, and balance caregiving with self-care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433812149
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,018,320
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 3

1 Foundations of Caregiver Family Therapy 11

2 Naming and Framing the Caregiving Problem 45

3 Structuring Care 71

4 Role Structuring 107

5 Role Reverberations 143

6 Caregiver Self-Care 159

7 Widening the Lens and Anticipating the Future 191

8 Case Studies 211

9 Pragmatic Issues in Practicing Caregiver Family Therapy 229

Appendix A Caregiver Reaction Scale 245

Appendix B Summary of the Caregiver Family Therapy Process 249

References 251

Index 265

About the Authors 279

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