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Counseling Clients Near the End of Life: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Counseling Clients Near the End of Life: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Professionals

by James Werth Jr. PhDJames Werth Jr. PhD
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This highly accessible guide to counseling the terminally ill and their families fills a critical need in the counseling literature. Written for front-line mental health professionals and counseling graduate students, the text integrates empirically based research with practical guidance. It is replete with the experiences of contributing authors who are leaders in counseling the terminally ill, real life case examples, clinical "pearls" of wisdom, and summary tables of practice pointers that provide quick access to important knowledge.

The text discusses information that is requisite for all counselors who provide services to the terminally ill and their families. It addresses common issues that determine different types of counseling approaches such as how the age of a client affects counselor conceptualizations and actions along with mental and health complications or cognitive impairment. The needs of family members are addressed as well as complicated grief. The text examines the particular concerns of counselors regarding self care and working as part of a professional team. Woven throughout are such important considerations as culture, ethics, laws, and regulations; and advocacy at client and social policy levels. Readers will also benefit from the inclusion of additional references for more in-depth study.

Key Features:

• Integrates empirical research with practical and accessible information
• Provides a reader friendly format that includes clinical "pearls," real life case studies, and separate tables that clearly present important pointers
• Describes the counseling experiences of leading practitioners that includes examples of successful and unsuccessful interventions
• Includes numerous additional references for more in-depth study

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826108494
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/14/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James L. Werth, Jr., PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program in Counseling Psychology at Radford University, Virginia. He served as the Associate Editor for End-of-Life issues for the journal Death Studies for many years. Dr. Werth has published/edited/co-edited approximately 100 articles/book chapters, several special journal issues, and several books, primarily focused on end-of-life issues, ethics, suicide, and HIV disease. As the American Psychological Association's 1999-2000 HIV Congressional Policy Fellow, he worked in the office of Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) on HIV, aging, and end-of-life issues. Dr. Werth is a licensed psychologist who provides pro bono counseling. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Rural Health Association, is the Rural Health Coordinator for the Virginia Psychological Association, and is a member of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology.

Table of Contents

1. Counseling Clients Near the End of Life

2. Ethical Challenges when Counseling Clients Nearing the End of Life

3. Diversity Considerations with Clients who are Dying

4. Advance Directives

5. Lifespan Considerations

6. Mental Health Symptom Management

7. Cognitive Impairment Near the End of Life

8. Counseling the Caregivers of Clients Who are Near the End of Life

9. Complicated Grief and the End-of-Life: Risk Factors and Treatment Considerations

10. Team Issues

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