Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, Fourth Edition: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner

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Springer Publishing Company, Aug 11, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 328 pages
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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

"In the fields of death education, research and counseling/psychology, surely Bill Worden is a giant....ALL of us, personally and professionally, are indebted to J. William Worden. From his work we may be just a bit wiser, a bit healthier, a bit more competent, and a lot more in touch with meaning (our own and those of others) for the sake of all who mourn." --Illness, Crisis, & Loss

"Every helping professional will profit from Worden's treatment of uncomplicated and complicated mourning. Especially hopefully is his material on the many types of loss...I highly recommend Worden's book."--Ministry

Recipient of The International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement Herman Feifel Award.

Dr. Worden presents the highly anticipated fourth edition to Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, the gold standard of grief therapy handbooks. The previous editions, translated into 12 languages, received worldwide acclaim for their sensitive, insightful, and practical approach to grief counseling. In this updated and revised fourth edition, Dr. Worden presents his most recent thinking on bereavement drawn from extensive research, clinical work, and the best of the new literature.


Key Features:

  • The task model has been modified to account for new thinking and research findings in the field, including meaning making, resilience, and continuing bonds
  • A new chapter on the Mediators of Mourning helps clinicians to understand what accounts for individual differences in adapting to the death of a loved one
  • Looks at recent controversies in the field including the best way to understand complicated bereavement and the efficacy of grief counseling and therapy
  • Presents the vital distinction between grief and trauma, and highlights different intervention approaches for each

Comprehensive and highly organized, this text is useful to therapists just beginning to work in the field as well as seasoned practitioners.

 

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Great read, it has taken me through my own personal loss. Lost my mum four months ago.

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Considered the Bible for Grief matter, I found the book very insightful in as much a personal and professional (I'm a therapist). Highly recommended!

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Attachment Loss and the Experience of Grief
13
2 Understanding the Mourning Process
37
Mediators of Mourning
57
Facilitating Uncomplicated Grief
83
Complicated Mourning
127
Resolving Complicated Mourning
153
7 Grieving Special Types of Losses
179
8 Grief and Family Systems
217
9 The Counselors Own Grief
251
10 Training for Grief Counseling
261
Appendix
283
Bibliography
285
Index
305
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J. William Worden, PhD, ABPP, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and holds academic appointments at the Harvard Medical School and at the Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology in California. He is also Co-Principal Investigator of the Harvard Child Bereavement Study, based at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Recipient of 5 major NIH grants, his research and clinical work over 40 years has centered on issues of life-threatening illness and life-threatening behavior.

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