BiographyConnie S. Cornwell has always believed that people are not just suffering from some inherent personal pathology but are bound up as much by their environment and the context in which they live. She has over 30 years’ experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved LMFT & LPC Supervisor. She is Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and Member of American Family Therapy Academy. She is the Senior Supervisor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Family Studies Center in the Department of Psychiatry where she trains and supervises interns, psychiatry residents and medical students.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Professional interest is in couple and family therapy training and supervision including medical family therapy. Previous research was working under Dr. Linda Bell on longitudinal project looking at family and couple interactions through micro analysis and global measures.
Personal interest Include music and art.
Clinical Issues for Working With Patients and Family Members Dealing With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Published: Mar 15, 2016 by Journal of Family Psychotherapy ISSN: 0897-5353
Authors: Connie S. Cornwell
Subjects: Education, Family Studies, Health Psychology, Health and Social Care
This article is based on a clinician’s personal experience working with patients and family members dealing with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Two key issues for a clinician to consider in working with this population is the constant overshadowing of grief as the patient experiences loss of body functions over time, and the need to find personal meaning in the experience of this disease. Families fit into two main types and their specific needs for intervention and support are discussed.