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In the narrative of every human life and family, illness is a prominent character. Even if we have avoided serious illness ourselves, we cannot escape its reach into our circle of family and friends. Illness brings us closer to one another through caregiving and separates us through disability and death, yet little attention has been paid to personal and family illness in psychotherapy. Rather, therapists tend to focus on the psychosocial realm, leaving the biological realm to other physicians and nurses. This groundbreaking volume shows the powerful benefits that can emerge when therapists acknowledge illness as a vital part of everyone's psychology. Susan H. McDaniel, Jeri Hepworth, and William J. Doherty invited therapists who work with individuals and families experiencing chronic illness and disability to describe clinical cases that illustrate their approach to medical family therapy. Contributors then were asked to share a personal story about their experiences with illness, and to explain how those experiences affect the way they work with their clients. Vivid case studies dealing with a range of illnesses, including cancer infertility, schizophrenia, AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and multiple sclerosis, show how the therapists' own experiences of illness are relevant to their care of others-and how these experiences can be used to form a healing bond in therapy. As we head toward a new century, therapists play a central role in the delivery of comprehensive healthcare. We now know that psychology and social factors have a direct effect on the development and exacerbation of illness and disease, and that involvement of the family with the healthcare team is vital. Poignant, honest, and illuminating, The Shared Experience of Illness allows us to understand more fully the relationship between the personal and the professional. This invaluable work provides inspiration and insight for anyone working at the cuttifng edge of our healthcare system.
Paul, a divorced father, wants to back out of his child care arrangement and spend less time with his children. Nathan has been lying to his wife about a serious medical condition. Marsha, recently separated from her husband, cannot resist telling her children negative things about their father. What is the role of therapy in these situations? Trained to strive for neutrality and to focus strictly on the clients' needs, most therapists generally consider moral issues such as fairness, truthfulness, and obligation beyond their domain. Now, an award-winning psychologist and family therapist criticizes psychotherapy's overemphasis on individual self-interest and calls for a sense of moral responsibility in therapy.
This sourcebook on theoretical orientations and methodological strategies in family studies details the social and personal roots (i.e., sources) from which these orientations and strategies flow. With its sociohistorical approach, this book uniquely emphasizes not only family theories but also research methods and the relationship between the two. The overall organization of the book reflects the chronological emergence of different family theories and methods during the twentieth century.
All couples walk to the altar dreaming of happily ever after, but many forces in our society work against healthy lifelong commitment. Renowned family therapist William J. Doherty has helped many thousands of readers understand how cracks can develop in even a rock-solid marriage--and what steps they can take to keep their love strong. Vivid stories illustrate ways to break free of common traps like confusing desires with needs, seeing your spouse as a consumer product to be traded in for a new model, or becoming overtime parents instead of full-time partners. Empathic and motivating, Dr. Doherty shows how to create doable relationship rituals that stand the test of time. The updated second edition incorporates Dr. Doherty's ongoing experience counseling couples in conflict, plus the latest information on marriage and health, how divorce affects kids, the pitfalls of social media, and more.
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