Counseling Individuals With Life-Threatening Illness
by Kenneth J Doka (9780826115416)

Counseling Individuals With Life-Threatening Illness
Kenneth J Doka
Release Date: 15 September 2008
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Category: Clinical Psychology
Publisher: Springer Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780826115416
ISBN-10: 0826115411

Life-threatening illness is not only a medical crisis; it is a psychological, social, and spiritual crisis as well. Also, serious illness affects not only the patient, but the patient's family. Therefore, the two major premises of this book are that care in life-threatening illness must be holistic, and it must be family centered.

Doka presents an insightful, comprehensive guide for counselors, social workers, and health care professionals, as they assist clients experiencing a serious illness. The book builds on a model developed by the author, based upon earlier work by Avery Weisman and E. M. Patterson.

Doka's model presents illness as a series of phases:

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