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 innovative new resource from a leading chronic illness/chronic pain expert in mental health provides evidence-based practice guidelines for helping clients with debilitating health problems. Fennell presents a four-phase model for understanding chronic illness and vividly describes how to utilize this approach in helping clients cope with their conditions. She uses the case of Betty, a fictitious patient, to illustrate what clients' needs may be at each phase and how to respond to them compassionately.

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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
  • Sales rank: 1,376,412
  • 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 clinician specializing in chronic illness and trauma. She is CEO of Albany Health Management, Inc., an organization that provides counseling, consulting, and professional education; serves as a doctoral training center for the State University of New York; and conducts collaborative, international "Four-Phase Model" research. Her recent publications include the Handbook of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (with Leonard A. Jason and Renée R. Taylor, published by 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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