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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This patient workbook accompanies The Stress and Mood Management Program for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: Therapist Guide by the same author (Oxford University Press, 2010). While cognitive-behavioral therapy is not new, its use for a general medical condition highlights the importance of multidisciplinary treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to help clients with MS handle the stresses of their disease and improve the overall quality of their lives. The stress and mood management therapy program was developed from over 10 years of research and clinical trials. The client workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the therapist guide to supplement treatment.
Audience: Clients will enjoy the user-friendly forms and worksheets to supplement their treatment with a qualified mental health professional. It is designed also for those patients who are highly motivated to work on their own.
Features: The workbook takes clients step-by-step through the program and the principles of treatment. The program is divided into two parts, with part I incorporating standard behavioral activation and cognitive restructuring techniques and part II providing optional modules to address specific problems common to MS patients such as relaxation, fatigue and energy conservation, and pain management. An additional module on self-injection anxiety is a must-read not just for MS, but for those clients who must self-inject. The homework assignments emphasize both the core treatment chapters and the optional treatment modules. Clients will find the diary forms and resources to be most helpful.
Assessment: This workbook will benefit patients with multiple sclerosis and provide strategies and tools to enhance their quality of life.