Managing Chronic Illness: Using the Four-Phase Treatment Approach: A Mental Health Professional's Guide to Helping Chronically Ill People / Edition 1

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This book describes a method for managing chronic illness thatemploys a four-phase model to assess and treat patients. Elementsof this model came into focus gradually for Pat Fennell in morethan 20 years of clinical experience. Although the effectiveness ofmatched interventions and the lack of efficacy of mismatchedinterventions, described in this book, have yet to be demonstratedempirically, her clinical experience and that of people trained inthis approach initially support the assertion.

The book clearly stipulates his purposes and gives a clear viewon the clinical experiences of the author and her approach indealing with chronically ill. All chapters explain clearly how thismodel was developed and how it can be put into practice.

Even for scientists, this book will be readily usable due to theextensive references Patricia offers. My clinical experiencesupports this model and many CFS patients already benefited fromthis approach. Patricia’s book will be the first step towardsan integrated approach offered to the chronically ill and theirenvironment.

Elke Van Hoof
Doctor in Psychological Sciences
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471462774
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/17/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 439
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICIA A. FENNELL, MSW, CSW-R, is a researcher and clinicianspecializing in chronic illness and trauma. She is CEO of AlbanyHealth Management, Inc., an organization that provides counseling,consulting, and professional education; serves as a doctoraltraining center for the State University of New York; and conductscollaborative, international "Four-Phase Model" research. Herrecent publications include the Handbook of Chronic FatigueSyndrome (with Leonard A. Jason and Renée R. Taylor, publishedby Wiley) and The Chronic Illness Workbook.

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Table of Contents



1. A New Model for Treating the Chronically III.

2. The Cultural Context of Chronic Illness.

3. Introductin to the Four Phases: Betty's Story.


4. Phase 1: Crisis.

5. Phase 2: Stabilization.

6. Phase 3: Resolution.

7. Phase 4: Integration.


8. A Paradigm Shift.


Author Index.

Subject Index. 

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