Grief and Loss Theories and Skills for the Helping Professions

ISBN-10: 0205827098

ISBN-13: 9780205827091

Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Katherine Walsh

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List price: $49.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 10/6/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

Katherine Walsh has been teaching social workers and other helping professionals while maintaining her own grief work practice for 30 years. A past president of the Association of Oncology Social Work, Director of Psychosocial Services for Hospice, a Clinical Supervisor and tenured Professor of Social Work, Dr. Walsh has won numerous service and leadership awards, authored many book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles and led international exchange programs in End of Life Care in China, Cambodia and Hungary For The National Association of Social Workers. Her own practice and collaborative relationships with students and colleagues have produced a wealth of case examples from a wide variety of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and foster care agencies as well as traditional social service and mental health settings.

Preface
Introduction To Grief And Loss
Basic Facts about Loss
Why Study Grief and Loss?
Loss Experiences that Generate Grief Reactions
Grief in every practice setting
Summary
Symbolic Loss
Symbolic Loss
Similarities and Differences in Symbolic and Actual Losses
Death is acknowledged; symbolic loss often is not
Loss due to life transitions
Health-related symbolic loss
Summary
Self-Preparation And Self-Care For Professionals Encountering Loss And Grief
Reviewing our Own Experiences and Attitudes Related to Grief
Assessing and Enhancing our Readiness to Address Grief in our Work
Bringing Up Personal Emotions and Memories for Every Professional
Limited preparation and support for grief in organizations
Increased Recognition of the Impact of Grief on Professionals
Sources of education and support
Supervision, Consultation, and Collaboration with Other Helping Professionals
Secondary trauma
Summary
Loss and Grief Across the Life Span: Childhood and Adolescence
Loss in the Formative Years
External Factors Influencing Grief Reactions in Children and Adolescents
The Influence of Development on Grief Reactions
Grief Reactions at Different Developmental Stages
Infants
Age 2-3 years (toddlers)
Age 3-6 years
Age 6-9 years
Age 9-12 years
Adolescence
Summary
Grief And Loss Across The Life Span: Ypung And Middle Adulthood
Factors in Addition to Age and Developmental Stage that Influence Grief Reactions
Developmental and External Factors Influencing Grief Reactions
Young adulthood
Middle adulthood
Summary
Loss And Grief Across The Life Span: Older Adults
Loss and Grief Later in Life
The Influence of Advanced Age and Longer Life Expectancy
Cultural connections and the influence of technology
Symbolic and Actual Loss for Older Adults
Developmental and External Factors Influencing Grief Reactions
Developmental factors
External factors affecting older adults
Working with Grieving Older Adults
Strategies to help older adults
Rewards of grief work with older adults
Summary
Normal And Complicated Grief Reactions
Theories that Inform our Understanding of Grief
Early psychodynamic theories
Theories of contemporary grief practitioners and researchers
Common Reactions in "Normal" Grief
Complicated Grief
Who is at risk for complicated grief?
Interventions for Normal and Complicated Grief
Why and how can a referral to a mental health professional or grief therapist help?
Summary
Cultural And Spiritual Influences
The Influence of Culture and Spirituality in Coping with Loss and Grief
Culture
Cultural Awareness, Sensitivity, and Competence
Gender and Media Influences
Spirituality
Summary
GriefF In The Context Of Anticipated Loss
Anticipated Loss in Diverse Practice Settings
"Anticipatory Grief"
End of Life and Palliative Care
Helping Individuals
Helping Families
Advance Directives
Summary
What Can We Do To Help Individuals And Families?
Misconceptions about Grief
Empathic Communication
Interventions for Normal and Complicated Grief
Grieving individuals
Preventive interventions
Monitoring, with social support
Bereavement Counseling
Grief Therapy
Collaborating with Other Helping Professionals
Teamwork
Functions of team members
The role of professional organizations
Summary
Helping Groups And Organizations
Group Models
Children's groups
Identifying and Developing Organizational Resources
Establishing a Bereavement Protocol: Interdisciplinary and Interorganizational Collaboration
Summary
Communities And Traumatic Grief
Trauma
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
When Communities Experience Trauma and Grief
When communities grieve
Creating Remembrances and Memorials
Summary
Self-Care: Sustainning Hope, Helpfulness, And Competence In Working With Grief
Continuing Education and Professional Development
Self-Care
Professional Support Systems
Summary
Appendices
Common Losses Across the Lifespan
Helpful Strategies for Coping With Grief
Strategies for Professionals Helping Children and Families Cope With Traumatic Loss
Remembrance Celebrations: Planning Your Own Memorial Service
Expressive Techniques
Caregiver's Retreat Agenda and Sample Invitation Letter
Internet Resources
Annotated Bibliography
References
Index
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