Psychosocial Aspects of Disability: Insider Perspectives and Strategies for Counselors

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Overview

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What a marvelous and amazing textbook. Drs. Marini, Glover-Graf and Millington have done a remarkable job in the design of this highly unique book, that comprehensively and very thoughtfully addresses the psychosocial aspects of the disability experience. These highly respected scholars have produced a major work that will be a central text in rehabilitation education for years to come.

--from the foreword by Michael J. Leahy, Ph.D., LPC, CRC
Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
Michigan State University

This is an excellent book, but the best parts are the stories of the disabled, which give readers insights into their struggles and triumphs. Score: 94 - 4 Stars--Doody's Medical Reviews

What are the differences between individuals with disabilities who flourish as opposed to those who never really adjust after a trauma? How are those born with a disability different from individuals who acquire one later in life? This is the first textbook about the psychosocial aspects of disability to provide students and practitioners of rehabilitation counseling with vivid insight into the experience of living with a disability. It features the first-person narratives of 16 people living with a variety of disabling conditions, which are integrated with sociological and societal perspectives toward disability, and strategies for counseling persons with disabilities.

Using a minority model perspective to address disability, the book focuses on historical perspectives, cultural variants regarding disability, myths and misconceptions, the attitudes of special interest and occupational groups, the psychology of disability with a focus on positive psychology, and adjustments to disability by the individual and family. A wealth of counseling guidelines and useful strategies are geared specifically to individual disabilities.

Key Features:

  • Contains narratives of people living with blindness, hearing impairments, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, polio, mental illness, and other disabilities
  • Provides counseling guidelines and strategies specifically geared toward specific disabilities, including dos and don'ts
  • Includes psychological and sociological research relating to individual disabilities
  • Discusses ongoing treatment issues and ethical dilemmas for rehabilitation counselors
  • Presents thought-provoking discussion questions in each chapter
  • Authored by prominent professor and researcher who became disabled as a young adult

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: With 16 first-hand accounts of individuals living with physical disabilities, this book explores societal perspectives, family issues, quality of life, and social support, along with treatment alternatives.
Purpose: The authors note that this book "is the first to truly allow counselors and other related health professionals to 'walk a mile in our shoes' and to learn from the writings of 16 people with disabilities across North America."
Audience: It is intended for students, practitioners, and academics. Both Irmo Marini and Noreen Glover-Graf are professors from the University of Texas-Pan American, and Michael Jay Millington is from Utah State University.
Features: The book begins with sociological issues and includes the history of treatment for disabled persons from early civilization forward. It also addresses societal myths and cultural issues among Latinos, African Americans, Asians, and Native Americans. The next section discusses adjusting to disability using the Livneh stage model (1991), which includes initial impact, defense mobilization, initial realization, retaliation, and final adjustment or reintegration. Chapter 7, on sexuality and disability, is important for its consideration of self-esteem and body image, intimate relationships, and sexual concerns. The book explores quality of life issues through the life span, along with disability type. One of the most significant questions that this book discusses is why some disabled individuals thrive and others are thwarted by the limitations. Finally, the book presents treatment issues and emphasizes the need to work with both the disabled individual and the family. The chapters are arranged fairly uniformly, with an overview preceding the chapter, references, insider perspective, discussion questions, and exercises. The book is easy to read, though I was surprised that there were no tables and figures. Because it covers so many topic areas, it would be a great textbook for classroom use and as a source of valuable insight to professionals who work with disabled individuals.
Assessment: This is an excellent book, but the best parts are the stories of the disabled, which give readers insights into their struggles and triumphs. The book provides practical information backed by research. Clinicians and students will find it valuable.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: With 16 first-hand accounts of individuals living with physical disabilities, this book explores societal perspectives, family issues, quality of life, and social support, along with treatment alternatives.
Purpose: The authors note that this book "is the first to truly allow counselors and other related health professionals to 'walk a mile in our shoes' and to learn from the writings of 16 people with disabilities across North America.
Audience: It is intended for students, practitioners, and academics. Both Irmo Marini and Noreen Glover-Graf are professors from the University of Texas-Pan American, and Michael Jay Millington is from Utah State University.
Features: The book begins with sociological issues and includes the history of treatment for disabled persons from early civilization forward. It also addresses societal myths and cultural issues among Latinos, African Americans, Asians, and Native Americans. The next section discusses adjusting to disability using the Livneh stage model (1991), which includes initial impact, defense mobilization, initial realization, retaliation, and final adjustment or reintegration. Chapter 7, on sexuality and disability, is important for its consideration of self-esteem and body image, intimate relationships, and sexual concerns. The book explores quality of life issues through the life span, along with disability type. One of the most significant questions that this book discusses is why some disabled individuals thrive and others are thwarted by the limitations. Finally, the book presents treatment issues and emphasizes the need to work with both the disabled individual and the family. The chapters are arranged fairly uniformly, with an overview preceding the chapter, references, insider perspective, discussion questions, and exercises. The book is easy to read, though I was surprised that there were no tables and figures. Because it covers so many topic areas, it would be a great textbook for classroom use and as a source of valuable insight to professionals who work with disabled individuals.
Assessment: This is an excellent book, but the best parts are the stories of the disabled, which give readers insights into their struggles and triumphs. The book provides practical information backed by research. Clinicians and students will find it valuable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826106025
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/27/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 742,121
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Irmo Marini, PhD, is Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Rehabilitation, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, University of Texas Pan-American, Edinburg, TX. He has national certifications as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Life Care Planner. Dr. Marini is on the editorial boards of several rehabilitation counseling journals and has over 60 journal and book chapter publications. He also writes a quarterly column for the Psychosocial Process, the official journal of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers. He is the recipient of four outstanding faculty awards in scholarship and two in teaching. Dr. Marini is former Chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, the national certifying body of over 16,000 Rehabilitation Counselors in the US and Canada, and is current President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. Dr. Marini owns and operates Marini & Associates, forensic rehabilitation consultants specializing in vocational assessments and life care planning in legal cases involving personal injuries.

Noreen M. Glover-Graf, RhD is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation at The University of Texas - Pan American. Dr. Graf's professional interests include research in the areas of rehabilitation education, and disability and spirituality.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Disability from a Sociological Perspective
1. The History of Treatment toward Persons with Disabilities
2. Societal Attitudes and Myths about Disabilities: Improving the Social Consciousness
3. Culturally Different Issues and Attitudes toward Disability
4. Attitudes toward Disability by Special Interest and Occupational Groups

Part II: The Psychology of Disability Surrounding the Individual and Family

5. Theories of Adjustment to Disability by the Individual
6. Family Adaptation across Cultures toward a Loved One Who is Disabled
7. Sexuality Issues and Disability
8. The Psychosocial World of the Injured Worker

Part III: Pertinent Topics Concerning Psychosocial Issues of Disability

9. Quality of Life across the Lifespan for Persons with Disabilities
10. Implications of Social Support and Care-giving for Loved Ones with a Disability
11. Thriving Versus Succumbing to Disability: Psychosocial Factors and Positive Psychology

Part V: Counseling Strategies and Insights for Working with Persons with Disabilities

12. Which Counseling Theories and Techniques Work Best with Different Disability Populations and Why
13. Basic Do's and Don'ts in Counseling Persons with Disabilities
14. Counseling with Families
15. Ethical Responsibilities in Working with Persons with Disabilities and Duty to Educate
16. What We Counsel, Teach, and Research Regarding the Needs of Persons with Disabilities: What Have We Been Missing?
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