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End-of-Life Issues, Grief, and Bereavement. What Clinicians Need to Know. Wiley Series in Clinical Geropsychology - Product Image

End-of-Life Issues, Grief, and Bereavement. What Clinicians Need to Know. Wiley Series in Clinical Geropsychology

  • Published: December 2010
  • Region: Global
  • 352 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

A practical overview of clinical issues related to end-of-life care, including grief and bereavement

The needs of individuals with life-limiting or terminal illness and those caring for them are well documented. However, meeting these needs can be challenging, particularly in the absence of a well-established evidence base about how best to help. In this informative guide, editors Sara Qualls and Julia Kasl-Godley have brought together a notable team of international contributors to produce a clear structure offering mental health professionals a framework for developing the competencies needed to work with end-of-life care issues, challenges, concerns, and opportunities.

Part of the Wiley Series in Clinical Geropsychology, this thorough and up-to-date guide answers complex questions often asked by patients, their families and caregivers, and helping professionals as well, including:

How does dying occur, and how does it vary across illnesses?

What are the spiritual issues that are visible in end-of-life care?

How are families engaged in end-of-life care, and what services and support can mental health clinicians provide them?

How should providers READ MORE >

Contributors.

Preface.

1 Introduction to End-of-Life Care for Mental Health Professionals (Julia E. Kasl-Godley).

2 Trajectories of Chronic Illnesses (Michelle S. Gabriel).

3 The Cultural Context of Spirituality and Meaning (E. Alessandra Strada).

4 Working With Family Caregivers of Persons With Terminal Illness (David B. Feldman and Jasmin Llamas).

5 Serious Mental Illness (Julia E. Kasl-Godley).

6 Advance Care Planning (Michelle S. Gabriel and Sheila Kennedy).

7 Pharmacologic Management of Pain (W. Nat Timmins).

8 Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain and Symptom Management (Stephanie C. Wallio and Robert K. Twillman).

9 Grief and Bereavement Care (Shirley Otis-Green).

10 Complicated Grief (E. Alessandra Strada).

11 Health-Care Teams (Julia E. Kasl-Godley and Donna Kwilosz).

12 End-of-Life Care in Long-Term Care Settings (Mary M. Lewis).

13 Advocating for Policy Change: The Role of Mental Health Providers (Robert K. Twillman and Mary M. Lewis).

14 Physician-Assisted Suicide in the United States: Issues, Challenges, Roles, and Implications for Clinicians (Silvia Sara Canetto).

15 Creating Ethics Conversations in Community (Malham M. Wakin).

16 Professional Self-Care (E. Alessandra Strada).

17 Embracing the Existential Invitation to Examine Care at the End of Life (Shirley Otis-Green).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

SARA H. QUALLS, PHD, is Professor of Psychology, Director of Clinical Training in Geropsychology, and Director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has twenty years of academic, clinical, and continuing education training experience and is the co-chair of the Adult Development and Aging Division of the American Psychological Association (APA).

JULIA E. KASL-GODLEY, PHD, is Coordinator of Psychology Training at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship Program in California. She has published on interventions for anticipatory grief and end-of-life care and is the recipient of the APA's 2003 Theodore Blau Early Career Award for Outstanding Contribution to Professional Clinical Psychology.

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