Psychosocial Aspects of Disability: Insider Perspectives and Strategies for Counselors

Psychosocial Aspects of Disability: Insider Perspectives and Strategies for Counselors

by Irmo PhD Marini, Noreen M. RhD Glover-Graf, Michael Ph.D. 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, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/27/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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