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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Counselling and Psychotherapy for Families in Times of Illness and Death

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230521001
Publication Date January 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Basic Texts in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Living with serious illness can have profound emotional effects both on patients themselves and on those close to them. With clarity and compassion, this text explores the difficulties and dilemmas those who are ill and their families face, offering specific guidelines for the professionals who work with them.

Building on its successful first edition, this text draws on recent developments in research and clinical practice in providing a theoretical and practical framework for working with illness. Thoroughly revised in its second edition, this book:

• Features new chapters on the cultural constructs of illness, working with migrant families, illness in later life, death and palliative care and supervision
• Explores issues of working with diversity, covering gender, class, race and sexuality
• Discusses the impact of working with those facing serious illness on health care professionals, offering strategies for reducing the risks of burnout, compassion fatigue and secondary traumatisation

Written by a recognized expert in the field, this innovative and challenging book provides essential insights for professionals working or training to work with those facing illness and death, including doctors, nurses, counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists and social workers.

JENNY ALTSCHULER is a Consultant Clinical psychologist and Family Psychotherapist. She formerly worked at the Tavistock Clinic, where she set up the first UK multi-disciplinary family based training for professionals working in health care settings. She is now Clinical Director of the One to One Children's Fund and also works as an independent psychotherapist and supervisor to health professionals.

The Effects of Illness and Disability on Families
Applying Systemic Techniques and Ideas to Health Care
Childhood and Adolescent Experiences of Illness
Parenting in the Face of Illness
Illness and Adult Relationships
Illness in Later Life
Death, Bereavement and Living Beyond Loss
Migration and Cross-cultural Context
Personal-Professional Aspects of Healthcare
Appendix I: Genograms.


The book is erudite, thoughtful, compassionate, well-researched and full of practical and philosophical suggestions that may help the patient, carer and professional find a more useful and meaningful way to navigate the bewildering world of illness and death. I recommend it whole-heartedly' - Therapy Today
'...succinct and clear...with practical advice and guidance for practitioners written in a sensitive and compassionate manner from a highly regarded expert in the field...an innovative and remarkable book that is essential reading for groups of professionals regularly encountering the challenges involved in this type of work and those who may come across it less frequently and need an authoritative text to refer to.' - Dr Gill Goodwillie, The Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care
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