The Therapist's Notebook for Family Health Care
Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Individuals, Couples, and Families Coping with Illness, Loss, and Disability
Effective interventions to help your clients deal with illness, disability, grief, and loss
The Therapist’s Notebook for Family Health Care presents creative interventions for working with individuals, couples, and families dealing with illness, loss, and disability. This book offers creative resources like homework, handouts, and activities, and effective, field-tested interventions to provide counselors with useful information on specific family dynamics and topics. It equips mental health clinicians with practical therapeutic activities to use in their work with clients struggling with health care or grief issues.
The effects of illness, disability, and loss in everyday life can be profound. Besides the individual repercussions, these challenges also affect the lives of the family and social networks of those individuals experiencing them. The Therapist’s Notebook for Family Health Care brings together the knowledge and experience of over 30 experts in the field for a unique collection that therapists and clients alike will find immediately useful. Situated in four unique subject-specific sections for quick reference, this text covers a broad scope of common problems. Also included is a bonus section focusing on thoughtful suggestions for self-care and professional development.
Some of the many topics and techniques presented in The Therapist’s Notebook for Family Health Care include:
- conducting interviews using the biopsychosocial-spiritual method
- using the Family System Test (FAST) to explore clients’ experiences with their healthcare system and providers
- increasing social support to manage chronic illness
- coping and adapting to developmental changes, challenges, and opportunities using a patient education tool in family therapy
- helping children (and their families) to manage pain through knowledge and diaphragmatic breathing
- creating a personal “superhero” for a child as a means to empowerment and relief of anxiety
- facilitating family problems using scatterplots
- building functional perspective of self and others in clients with Asperger Syndrome
- quilting as a meaning-making intervention for HIV/AIDS
- empowering terminally-ill patients to say goodbye to their young children in meaningful ways
- and many more!
Table of Contents
SECTION I: INTERVENTIONS FOR WORKING WITH FAMILIES AND CHRONIC ILLNESS 1. The Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Interview Method (Jennifer Hodgson, Angela L. Lamson, and Lauren Reese). 2. A “FAST” Approach to Health Care (Thomas M. Gehring and Katherine M. Hertlein). 3. Increasing Social Support to Manage Chronic Illness (Claudia Grauf-Grounds). 4. Doctor’s Bag of Coping Skills (Miriam Claire Godwin). 5. Coping and Adapting to Developmental Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities Using a Patient Education Tool in Family Therapy (Layne A. Prest and Heath Grames). 6. An Adaptive World Model for Meeting the Demands of Chronic Illness (W. David Robinson, Layne A. Prest, and Jason S. Carroll). 7. Positive and Negative Feelings Boxes (Miriam Claire Godwin). 8. Extraordinary Parts: The Wife, Mother, and Survivor (Katherine M. Hertlein and Deanna Linville). 9. The Healthy Families Project (Lisa Lavelle). SECTION II: INTERVENTIONS FOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND ILLNESS 10. Fun with Bubbles: Relieving Childhood Pain and Physical Symptoms (Olivia Chiang, Jeri Hepworth, and Susan McDaniel). 11. The Superhero in All of Us (Deanna Linville and Michelle R. Ward). 12. The Angry Feelings Toolbox (Michelle R. Ward and Deanna Linville). 13. Why Is My Kid Doing This and What Can I Do? Facilitating Family Problem Solving Using Scatterplots (Theodore A. Hoch). 14. The ANGELS (A Neighbor Giving Encouragement, Love, and Support): A Collaborative Project for Teens with Diabetes (Tai J. Mendenhall and William J. Doherty). 15. Facilitated Mirroring: Building Perspective in Clients with Asperger’s Syndrome (Nan Gray Lester). SECTION III: ILLNESS-SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS FOR FAMILIES 16. Adaptation of the Family Systems Illness Model for HIV/AIDS Patients and Their Partners (G. Bowden Templeton, Shayne R. Anderson, and Stephanie R. Burwell). 17. Quilting As a Meaning-Making Intervention for HIV/AIDS (Shoshana D. Kerewsky). 18. Family-Oriented Diabetes Management: Good Nutrition and Portion Control (Carol Pflaffy). 19. Steps to an Ecology of Treatment: A Handout for Clients with Diabetes (Shoshana D. Kerewsky). 20. Every Woman’s Problem: Self-Assessment for Disordered Eating and Body Image Despair (Margo D. Maine). 21. Put a Wrench in It (Nicole M. Childs and Stephanie R. Burwell). 22. Women Caring for Partners with Dementia: A Contextual Model (Christine A. Fruhauf and Jennifer T. Aberle). 23. Inviting Resiliency to Join the Family’s Journey with Cancer (Anne Prouty Lyness). 24. Exploring Mood Differences: Sports Car and K-Car Metaphor (Nancy Taylor Kemp). SECTION IV: INTERVENTIONS FOR WORKING WITH GRIEF AND LOSS 25. Story Squares: Creating a Dialogue with Grieving Children (Tiffany B. Brown). 26. Open Up a Window (Miriam Claire Godwin). 27. Threading the Strengths of Families through Loss and Grief (Miriam Claire Godwin and Angela L. Lamson). 28. A Creative Encounter with Anticipatory Loss (Claudia Grauf-Grounds). 29. Aging Parents and End-of-Life Decisions: Helping Families Negotiate Difficult Conversations (Nathalie L. Kees, Jennifer T. Aberle, and Christine A. Fruhauf). BONUS SECTION: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITH ILLNESS AND LOSS 30. Achoo! Treating Clients When the Therapist Faces a Chronic Illness (Katherine M. Hertlein). 31. Building Your Home Project (Angela L. Lamson and Patrick L. Meadors).