Grief and Loss Theories and Skills for the Helping Professions

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2011-10-06
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Provides a variety of case examples applying theory to practice when working with those dealing with grief and loss. Grief and Loss: Theories and Skills for the Helping Professions, 2/e,allows readers to see how essential theories and skills will enhance their own practice. They will gain the core knowledge and skills needed to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities who are experiencing loss and the grief that accompanies it Culture, spirituality, age, gender and other factors that influence grief reactions are discussed, helping readers understand and work with diverse populations. Individual and programmatic responses to grieving people are also included. Each chapter contains exercises that encourage readers to apply the concepts learned and MySocialWorkLab includes a variety of Internet resources and supplemental learning tools. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers should be able to: Acquire core knowledge and skills that will prepare readers to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities who are experiencing loss and the grief that accompanies it Understand normal and complicated grief reactions Identify actual as well as symbolic losses Recognize the factors the positively and negatively influence grief reactions Understand the resources and interventions that are effective in helping those who are grieving Note:MySocialWorkLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySocialWorkLab, please visit:www.mysocialworklab.comor you can purchase a valuepack of the text + MySocialWorkLab (at no additional cost). VP: 0205206816

Author Biography

Katherine Walsh has been teaching social workers and other helping professionals while maintaining her own grief work practice for 30 years. A past president of the Association of Oncology Social Work, Director of Psychosocial Services for Hospice, a Clinical Supervisor and tenured Professor of Social Work, Dr. Walsh has won numerous service and leadership awards, authored many book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles and led international exchange programs in End of Life Care in China, Cambodia and Hungary for the National Association of Social Workers. Her own practice and collaborative relationships with students and colleagues have produced a wealth of case examples from a wide variety of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and foster care agencies as well as traditional social service and mental health settings.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction To Grief And Lossp. 1
Basic Facts about Lossp. 1
Why Study Grief and Loss?p. 2
Loss Experiences that Generate Grief Reactionsp. 4
Grief in every practice settingp. 4
Summaryp. 8
Symbolic Lossp. 9
Symbolic Lossp. 9
Similarities and Differences in Symbolic and Actual Lossesp. 10
Death is acknowledged; symbolic loss often is notp. 10
Loss due to life transitionsp. 11
Health-related symbolic lossp. 12
Summaryp. 18
Self-Preparation And Self-Care For Professionals Encountering Loss And Griefp. 19
Reviewing our Own Experiences and Attitudes Related to Griefp. 19
Assessing and Enhancing our Readiness to Address Grief in our Workp. 24
Bringing Up Personal Emotions and Memories for Every Professionalp. 24
Limited preparation and support for grief in organizationsp. 25
Increased Recognition of the Impact of Grief on Professionalsp. 26
Sources of education and supportp. 27
Supervision, Consultation, and Collaboration with Other Helping Professionalsp. 27
Secondary traumap. 28
Summaryp. 30
Loss and Grief Across the Life Span: Childhood and Adolescencep. 31
Loss in the Formative Yearsp. 31
External Factors Influencing Grief Reactions in Children and Adolescentsp. 32
The Influence of Development on Grief Reactionsp. 33
Grief Reactions at Different Developmental Stagesp. 34
Infantsp. 35
Age 2-3 years (toddlers)p. 35
Age 3-6 yearsp. 36
Age 6-9 yearsp. 37
Age 9-12 yearsp. 39
Adolescencep. 41
Summaryp. 44
Grief And Loss Across The Life Span: Ypung And Middle Adulthoodp. 45
Factors in Addition to Age and Developmental Stage that Influence Grief Reactionsp. 47
Developmental and External Factors Influencing Grief Reactionsp. 51
Young adulthoodp. 51
Middle adulthoodp. 52
Summaryp. 53
Loss And Grief Across The Life Span: Older Adultsp. 55
Loss and Grief Later in Lifep. 55
The Influence of Advanced Age and Longer Life Expectancyp. 56
Cultural connections and the influence of technologyp. 57
Symbolic and Actual Loss for Older Adultsp. 58
Developmental and External Factors Influencing Grief Reactionsp. 59
Developmental factorsp. 59
External factors affecting older adultsp. 60
Working with Grieving Older Adultsp. 61
Strategies to help older adultsp. 62
Rewards of grief work with older adultsp. 63
Summaryp. 63
Normal And Complicated Grief Reactionsp. 64
Theories that Inform our Understanding of Griefp. 65
Early psychodynamic theoriesp. 66
Theories of contemporary grief practitioners and researchersp. 67
Common Reactions in "Normal" Griefp. 68
Complicated Griefp. 69
Who is at risk for complicated grief?p. 69
Interventions for Normal and Complicated Griefp. 74
Why and how can a referral to a mental health professional or grief therapist help?p. 74
Summaryp. 75
Cultural And Spiritual Influencesp. 77
The Influence of Culture and Spirituality in Coping with Loss and Griefp. 77
Culturep. 78
Cultural Awareness, Sensitivity, and Competencep. 79
Gender and Media Influencesp. 82
Spiritualityp. 84
Summaryp. 88
GriefF In The Context Of Anticipated Lossp. 90
Anticipated Loss in Diverse Practice Settingsp. 90
"Anticipatory Grief"p. 92
End of Life and Palliative Carep. 93
Helping Individualsp. 94
Helping Familiesp. 95
Advance Directivesp. 96
Summaryp. 97
What Can We Do To Help Individuals And Families?p. 99
Misconceptions about Griefp. 99
Empathic Communicationp. 101
Interventions for Normal and Complicated Griefp. 103
Grieving individualsp. 103
Preventive interventionsp. 104
Monitoring, with social supportp. 104
Bereavement Counselingp. 104
Grief Therapyp. 106
Collaborating with Other Helping Professionalsp. 107
Teamworkp. 107
Functions of team membersp. 108
The role of professional organizationsp. 109
Summaryp. 109
Helping Groups And Organizationsp. 111
Group Modelsp. 111
Children's groupsp. 113
Identifying and Developing Organizational Resourcesp. 113
Establishing a Bereavement Protocol: Interdisciplinary and Interorganizational Collaborationp. 115
Summaryp. 117
Communities And Traumatic Griefp. 118
Traumap. 118
Posttraumatic Stress Disorderp. 120
When Communities Experience Trauma and Griefp. 121
When communities grievep. 122
Creating Remembrances and Memorialsp. 124
Summaryp. 127
Self-Care: Sustainning Hope, Helpfulness, And Competence In Working With Griefp. 129
Continuing Education and Professional Developmentp. 129
Self-Carep. 131
Professional Support Systemsp. 134
Summaryp. 137
Appendicesp. 138
Common Losses Across the Lifespanp. 138
Helpful Strategies for Coping With Griefp. 139
Strategies for Professionals Helping Children and Families Cope With Traumatic Lossp. 141
Remembrance Celebrations: Planning Your Own Memorial Servicep. 142
Expressive Techniquesp. 145
Caregiver's Retreat Agenda and Sample Invitation Letterp. 147
Internet Resourcesp. 150
Annotated Bibliographyp. 160
Referencesp. 164
Indexp. 172
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