When Professionals Weep: Emotional and Countertransference Responses in End-of-Life Care / Edition 1

When Professionals Weep: Emotional and Countertransference Responses in End-of-Life Care / Edition 1

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by Renee S. Katz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415950953

ISBN-13: 9780415950954

Pub. Date: 04/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Diverse leaders in the field of death, dying, and bereavement, address the issues surrounding the intersection of the personal and the professional in the unique context of end-of-life care.

End-of-life care (EOL) is a specialized area of work that crosses a number of academic and professional disciplines, including social work, counseling, hospice, physical

Overview

Diverse leaders in the field of death, dying, and bereavement, address the issues surrounding the intersection of the personal and the professional in the unique context of end-of-life care.

End-of-life care (EOL) is a specialized area of work that crosses a number of academic and professional disciplines, including social work, counseling, hospice, physical medicine, geriatrics, nursing, counseling, psychology, and clerical work. Professionals who work in EOL have often had deeply moving personal experiences with trauma, death, and loss in their own lives, and almost inevitably bring their own histories, memories, notions, and assumptions to their work. These countertransference responses can be both complex and subtle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415950954
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Series:
Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Worden, Foreword. When Our Personal Selves Influence Our Professional Work. Suffering and the Caring Professional. Caregiving of the Soul: Spirituality at the End of Life. The Seduction of Autonomy: Countertransference and Assisted Suicide. Futility and Beneficence: Where Ethics and Countertransference Intersect. Client, Clinician and Supervisor: The Dance of Parallel Process at the End of Life. The Influence of Culture and Ethnicity on End-of-Life Care. Torture, Execution and Abandonment: The Hospitalized Terminally Ill. Surviving the Holocaust Only to Face Death Again. The Horror and Helplessness of Violent Death. Professionalism and Our Humanity: Working with Children at the End of Life. When the Face Across the Room Reflects My Own. Before and After My Fiancée’s Death. Complex Bonds: A Personal-professional Narrative. The Respectful Death Model: Difficult Conversations at the End of Life. Emotional Barriers to Discussing Advanced Directives. A Group Intervention to Process and Examine Countertransference at the End of Life. The Journey Inside: Countertransference and its Implications for Practice in End-of-Life Care.

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When Professionals Weep: Emotional and Countertransference Responses in End-of-Life Care 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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This is both an instructive and therapeutic look at End Of Life issues designed for all health care professionals. Although family care givers may find it useful, the specific dynamics of the health care settings are addressed throughout the text. It has definitely altered the way I view my patients, my relationship with them and my practice of medicine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OUTSTANDING! Should be required reading for all those working with patients and families who are bereaved, dying or living with life-limiting illness. When Professionals Weep addresses the question: can a professional's personal feelings and personal life experiences affect the helping process? With warmth and sensitively this important volume courageously explores this issue and focuses on the use of countertransference--the powerful linkage between a helper's personal feelings and his/her professional work. This volume is full of thought-provoking and practical information and shows helping professionals how to confront and examine their own denial, grief, fears of being helpless, and dying, anger related to death and loss, and their needs for control, admiration and love. Contributors address such issues as how practitioners 'overhelp' and 'underhelp' some clients because of their feelings and experiences how personal, societal and family biases can contribute to inappropriate diagnosis, referral, and treatment why service is prolonged with some clients and terminated too soon with others and how fears of death, disability, suffering and lack of control can hinder effective support and treatment. Case studies are woven throughout and practical tools are provided to illustrate how practitioners can effectively put their feelings and behaviors to positive use during the helping process. Written for practitioners in the fields of medicine, mental health, social work, nursing, the allied health sciences, psychology, and psychiatry, When Professionals Weeps is an invaluable volume for all those working in end-of-life care.