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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.