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Counseling Clients with HIV Disease: Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention
     

Counseling Clients with HIV Disease: Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention

by Mary Ann Hoffman
 
Counseling interventions are a proven and powerful way to help individuals with HIV cope with the enormous changes in their lives. Proposing an innovative model for HIV clinical work, this well-organized guide integrates empirical research on the psychosocial aspects of HIV with extensive case material. It describes how to assess clients' psychosocial concerns and

Overview

Counseling interventions are a proven and powerful way to help individuals with HIV cope with the enormous changes in their lives. Proposing an innovative model for HIV clinical work, this well-organized guide integrates empirical research on the psychosocial aspects of HIV with extensive case material. It describes how to assess clients' psychosocial concerns and implement interventions to facilitate adjustment; reviews medical and neurocognitive aspects of HIV disease progression; explores the psychotherapeutic context of HIV clinical work; and addresses risk reduction and prevention.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Wendy Nelson, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive guide to counseling individuals with HIV illness that includes current psychosocial research in HIV/AIDS and clinical case material, in addition to general information about the epidemiology and medical aspects of HIV infection.
Purpose: The author intended to write a clinically useful and scholarly text, grounded in the empirical and clinical literature on the psychosocial aspects of HIV disease, that could be used by mental health professionals to inform their work with HIV-infected clients. To achieve this end, the author organized the book into four sections: psychosocial assessment, interventions to facilitate adaptation to HIV illness, the psychotherapeutic context, and prevention and community-based intervention.
Audience: The book is primarily intended for mental health professionals who work with HIV-infected clients and individuals at risk for acquiring HIV infection. However, it would also be of value to non-mental health professionals (such as physicians) and students in the field of mental health in providing a psychosocial context for their work.
Features: The author provides an extremely useful, up-to-date reference list as well as a list of resources (national organizations, newsletters, informational and training services, and telephone hotlines) for mental health professionals working with HIV-infected clients.
Assessment: This book provides a comprehensive survey of the myriad psychosocial issues confronting HIV-infected individuals, their caregivers, and the healthcare professionals who work with them. The book is clearly organized and presented and written in a lucid style. It should be required reading for all professionals and students who work with this population.
From the Publisher

"Likely to become one of the premier sourcebooks for training health care professionals providing mental health care and counseling to HIV-infected individuals, Mary Ann Hoffman's Counseling Clients with HIV Disease is one of the most comprehensive, integrated and empathic books on the psychosocial aspects of HIV infection available today. Dr. Hoffman has truly synthesized over a decade of empirical research and clinical experience in the context of a well-conceived and practical model for counseling persons with this unique, chronic, but manageable disease. The use of multiple case histories, reflecting Dr. Hoffman's years of experience in the field, folded into all of the assessment and intervention sections of this work provides a vibrant pulse that propels a huge amount of clinical research findings into the everyday reality of professionals who struggle with this challenging disease. In sum, Hoffman has produced both a scholarly volume and a "hands on" tutorial that will be widely used by academicians in their teaching and research endeavors as well as by psychiatrists, health psychologists, nurses, social workers and anyone dealing directly with the health care needs of people with HIV." --Michael Antoni, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Co-Director of Program in Behavioral Management of HIV Infection and Program in Biopsychosocial Training in Immunology and AIDS, University of Miami

"This book is an invaluable resource of information about the HIV/AIDS disease and suggestions for therapists about how to deal with people with HIV/AIDS.

"Dr. Hoffman presents a thorough, compassionate, scholarly, and readable text for psychotherapists on how to assess, treat, and prevent HIV/AIDS.

"This book is a must-read for all therapists who now work with or ever will work with clients who have HIV/AIDS.

"Dr. Hoffman presents excellent clinical examples of the experiences of people with HIV/AIDS and of how therapists have to change their typical therapeutic styles to work with clients who have HIV/AIDS.

"Dr. Hoffman forces us to examine our feelings about HIV/AIDS and death so that we can be more helpful to our clients." --Clara E. Hill, Ph.D., University of Maryland

"This book is a comprehensive and organized compilation of existing research and theory on psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS written for, and accessible to, the front line providers of human services during this epidemic. Unique amidst a rapidly growing proliferation of books for human service providers on HIV/AIDS, this book integrates social science scholarship into a practice-oriented text filled with excellent case examples. A book that has such impressive scope and scholarly underpinnings while simultaneously being immediately useful to those doing important work in the HIV trenches' is rare." --James M. Croteau, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University

"[This book] provides information about both the medical and the mental health needs of people with HIV and it also describes interventions that reduce the risk of acquiring HIV....[The authors] successfully combine these topics into a concise handbook that is suitable for students, trainees, and practitioners of all stripes." --Mark H. Townsend, MD, Psychiatric Services
"...an extensive, wide-ranging synthesis of clinical information and empirical data. Counseling Clients with HIV Disease should be very useful for psychologists, counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, and other professionals providing mental health services to persons with HIV." --J. Gary Linn, Disability Studies Quarterly

"Of particular value is Hoffman's conceptual framework for helping people with HIV disease... Clinical and empirical research is integrated and presented through case examples and counseling interventions." --Barbara Dane, School of Social Work, NYU. National Association of Social Workers, 1997.

5 Stars! from Doody
Wendy Nelson
This is a comprehensive guide to counseling individuals with HIV illness that includes current psychosocial research in HIV/AIDS and clinical case material, in addition to general information about the epidemiology and medical aspects of HIV infection. The author intended to write a clinically useful and scholarly text, grounded in the empirical and clinical literature on the psychosocial aspects of HIV disease, that could be used by mental health professionals to inform their work with HIV-infected clients. To achieve this end, the author organized the book into four sections: psychosocial assessment, interventions to facilitate adaptation to HIV illness, the psychotherapeutic context, and prevention and community-based intervention. The book is primarily intended for mental health professionals who work with HIV-infected clients and individuals at risk for acquiring HIV infection. However, it would also be of value to non-mental health professionals (such as physicians) and students in the field of mental health in providing a psychosocial context for their work. The author provides an extremely useful, up-to-date reference list as well as a list of resources (national organizations, newsletters, informational and training services, and telephone hotlines) for mental health professionals working with HIV-infected clients. This book provides a comprehensive survey of the myriad psychosocial issues confronting HIV-infected individuals, their caregivers, and the healthcare professionals who work with them. The book is clearly organized and presented and written in a lucid style. It should be required reading for all professionals and students who work with this population.
Booknews
Hoffman (psychology, U. of Maryland) proposes a conceptual model for HIV clinical work, integrating empirical research on psychosocial aspects of HIV with case material. She reviews medical and neurocognitive aspects of HIV, discusses adaptation to HIV disease, and explores the psychotherapeutic context of HIV clinical work, as well as issues such as risk reduction, spirituality, and the counseling relationship. For mental health professionals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572300637
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
02/16/1996
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Hoffman is Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Co-Director of the Counseling Psychology Program. Dr. Hoffman is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. In addition to her work on the psychosocial aspects of HIV disease, she has published on the process and outcome of psychotherapy and of career counseling and on issues related to the training of psychotherapists. She is active in numerous professional organizations, consults to national organizations, and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy.

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