Psychosocial Aspects of Disability: Insider Perspectives and Strategies for Counselors

Psychosocial Aspects of Disability: Insider Perspectives and Strategies for Counselors

by Noreen M. Glover-Graf, Michael Millington
     
 

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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

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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

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:
9780826106032
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/27/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
943,425
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Mark A. Stebnicki, PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, is a professor and coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling Certificate Program he developed in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University. He holds a doctoral and master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Stebnicki is also certified by the Washington, DC−based crisis response team National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and North Carolina’s American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health crisis team. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, researcher, and practitioner with more than 30 years’ experience working with the mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation needs of persons who have traumatic stress, chronic illnesses, and disabilities. He has written six books: The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability (6th ed., 2012, Springer Publishing), The Professional Counselors’ Desk Reference (first and second editions, 2008 and 2016, Springer Publishing), Empathy Fatigue: Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors (2008, Springer Publishing), What Is Adolescent Mental Health? Helping Disconnected and At-Risk Youth to Become Whole (2007), and Youth At-Risk: Foundations of Adolescent Mental Health and Resiliency (2005). He has written more than 26 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at more than 85 regional, state, and national conferences, seminars, and workshops, on topics ranging from youth violence, traumatic stress, empathy fatigue, and the psychosocial aspects of adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Dr. Stebnicki has served on multiple professional counseling and accreditation boards. He served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas (March 24, 1998), and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. His youth violence prevention program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation (IEPP) Program, has been awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation for its vision and excellence. Other accolades include consulting with former president Bill Clinton’s staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (April 20, 1999).


Irmo Marini, PhD, DSc, CRC, CLCP, is currently a professor in the department of rehabilitation at the University of Texas-Pan American. He earned his master’s in clinical psychology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada, and his PhD in rehabilitation from Auburn University in Alabama. Over his 22-year academic career, Dr. Marini earned two outstanding faculty research awards at Arkansas State, three faculty research awards at Pan-American, two outstanding teaching awards at Pan-American, and one service award. On a national level, he was the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education Award by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, and, a year later, received the 2010 James F. Garrett Distinguished Career Award in rehabilitation research from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. He was also voted the National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s 2013 recipient of the Rehabilitation Educator of the Year Award. In 2012, Dr. Marini received an honorary doctorate in science from his alma mater, Lakehead University. To date, he has published more than 75 peer-reviewed journal publications and 30 book chapters, and coauthored and coedited four books on counseling and rehabilitation counseling psychology−related topics. He is former president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and former chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

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