Christian and Faith-based Counseling for Brain Injury
Techniques for Survivors and Families
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Christian and Faith-based Counseling for Brain Injury is the first book of its kind to offer faith-based therapy to address the emotional, cognitive, and mental health needs of individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A highly researched piece of work, the book puts forth an innovative and effective method for not only addressing the challenges of a life-changing injury but also for creating a sense of purpose.
Through the nuances of faith-based counselling, this book focuses on the spiritual and existential aspects of understanding the diagnosis and creating a purpose post-injury. It examines how brain injury can affect an individual by exploring the deficits of brain injury, the impact of brain injury, and the challenges specific to damage to certain brain lobes. It also describes the mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, grief, anger, and posttraumatic stress, that can affect both the survivor and their family members. Offering targeted counseling techniques and adaptive strategies, it shows how faith-based counselors can effectively treat brain injury.
This book is valuable reading for all individuals invested in providing support to the TBI community. It is aimed at counselors, lay counselors, healthcare professionals, social workers, psychotherapists, seminary students, and upper-level graduate students. It will further be of use to for clinicians working in the outpatient level of care and private practice settings.
Table of Contents
1. Christian and Faith-based Counseling Defined. 2. Brain Injury Defined. 3. Stages of Treatment. 4. Family Experience of a Loved One With Brain Injury. 5. Brain Anatomy, Functions, and Deficits. 6. Coping With Emotional and Social Deficits of Brain Injury. 7. Coping with Cognitive Deficits of Brain Injury. 8. Counseling Depression and Anxiety. 9. Counseling Ambiguous Grief. 10. Counseling Posttraumatic Stress. 11. Counseling Fatigue and Anger. 12. Counseling Self-Concept and Purpose.
Deana Adams, PhD, LPC-S, is the executive director of Hope Behavioral Health, a private practice specializing in traumatic brain injury. As the president and founder of Hope After Brain Injury, Dr. Adams speaks nationally and internationally, sharing insights on how to effectively counsel and facilitate successful recovery for those affected by brain injury.
"Christian and Faith-based Counseling for Brain Injury: Techniques for Survivors and Families reflects Dr. Deana Adams’ long-time academic research, teaching, and professional practice in working with brain injury survivors and their families. Her book is timely, relevant, and fills a gap specifically in Christian and faith-based compassionate counseling for persons surviving brain injury and their families."
- Rev. Dr. Helen T. Boursier, Ph.D., Author, Educator, Advocate, Ordained Minister