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Grief and Loss : Theories and Skills for Helping Professionals,9780205398812

Grief and Loss : Theories and Skills for Helping Professionals

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780205398812

ISBN10:
0205398812
Media:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

Every helping professional will encounter grief and loss in practice. This book introduces the key concepts related to gief and loss that are often omitted from professional training programs, preparing professional to effectively aid clients encountering grief and loss.A rich variety of case examples illustrate the essentail theories and skills, allowing the readers to see how these theories will enhance in their own practice. Individual and programmatic responses to grieving people are included. Culture, spirituality, age, gender and other factors that influence grief reactions are discussed, preparing students to understand and work with diverse populations.Each chapter includes exercises that encourage readers to apply the concepts learned and a companion web site includes slides, suggested Internet sites and supplemental learning tools that connect students to current and credible resources beyond those included in the text.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Loss Experiences That Generate Grief Reactions 1(12)
Basic Facts about Loss and Grief
1(2)
Symbolic Loss
3(1)
Loss and Grief in Different Contexts
4(9)
Exercise: Identifying Loss and Grief
10(1)
Self-Test
11(1)
Internet Resources
11(1)
References
12(1)
2 Self-Preparation and Training for Professionals Encountering Loss and Grief 13(16)
Reviewing Our Own Experiences and Attitudes Related to Grief
13(5)
Assessing and Enhancing Readiness to Address Grief in Our Work
18(5)
Supervision, Consultation, and Collaboration with Other Professionals
23(6)
Exercise: Exploring Losses in Your Own Life
26(1)
Self-Test
27(1)
Internet Resources
27(1)
References
27(2)
3 Loss and Grief Across the Lifespan 29(15)
Childhood
31(5)
Adolescence
36(1)
Young Adulthood
37(1)
Middle Adulthood
38(1)
Late Adulthood
39(1)
Advanced Age
40(4)
Exercise: Grief Reactions at Different Stages of Life
41(1)
Self-Test
42(1)
Internet Resources
42(1)
References
43(1)
4 Normal and Complicated Grief Reactions 44(18)
Theories That Inform Our Understanding of Grief
45(3)
Common Reactions in Normal Grief
48(1)
Complicated Grief
49(4)
Interventions for Normal and Complicated Grief
53(9)
Exercise: Identifying Signs of Normal and Complicated Grief
59(1)
Self-Test
60(1)
Internet Resources
60(1)
References
61(1)
5 Cultural and Spiritual Influences 62(13)
The Influence of Culture in Coping with Loss and Grief
62(6)
The Influence of Spirituality in Coping with Loss and Grief
68(7)
Exercise: Grief in a Cultural Context
73(1)
Self-Test
73(1)
Internet Resources
73(1)
References
74(1)
6 What Can We Do To Help? 75(10)
Misconceptions about Grief
75(2)
Empathic Communication
77(2)
Utilizing Information and Resources
79(1)
Collaborating with Others
80(5)
Exercise: Active Listening
83(1)
Self-Test
83(1)
Internet Resources
84(1)
References
84(1)
7 When Organizations and Communities Grieve 85(9)
Taking a Leadership Role
87(1)
Establishing a Bereavement Protocol: Interdisciplinary and Inter-Organizational Collaboration
88(2)
Creating Remembrances and Memorials
90(4)
Exercise: Mapping a Grief Protocol for Your Organization
92(1)
Self-Test
93(1)
Internet Resources
93(1)
References
93(1)
8 Self-Care: Sustaining Hope, Helpfulness, and Competence in Working with Grief 94(11)
Continuing Education
94(2)
Self-Care Strategies
96(4)
Professional Support Systems
100(5)
Exercise: Self-Evaluation
102(1)
Self-Test
103(1)
Internet Resources
103(1)
References
103(2)
Appendixes 105(20)
A: Common Losses Across the Life Span
105(2)
B: Annotated Bibliography
107(3)
C: Helpful Strategies for Coping with Grief
110(2)
D: Strategies for Professionals Helping Children and Families with Traumatic Loss
112(2)
E: Remembrance Celebrations: Planning Your Own Memorial Service
114(3)
F: Expressive Techniques
117(3)
G: Caregiver's Retreat Agenda and Invitation
120(5)
Index 125


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