Family Focused Grief Therapy A Model of Family-Centered Care During Palliative Care and Bereavement

ISBN-10: 0335203493

ISBN-13: 9780335203499

Edition: 2002

Authors: David W. Kissane, Sidney Bloch

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The family are intimately involved in the care of the dying and themselves require support through their experience of both palliative care and bereavement. This volume describes a comprehensive model of family care and how to go about it.
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List price: $54.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 4/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Stephen A. Green is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, and has a private psychiatric practice in Washington, D.C. After completing Harvard College he received his M.D. degree from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, then completed a medical internship at the Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA, and a residency in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston, MA. He received a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Bioethics from Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Dr. Green has published articles on psychotherapy, psychosomatic issues, and the ethics of managed care. He has written two books about the interrelationship of physical and mental illness, and edited four others, including the most recent Anthology of Psychiatric Ethics. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychiatric Association.

Series editor's preface
Setting the scene
Outline of the book
Family care and family grief
What is the family?
Psychosocial morbidity within the family
Current knowledge about family grief
Grief and infant loss
Grief and the loss of a child
Grief and adult loss
Studies of family intervention
Family grief and family grief therapy
A typology of family functioning
Methodology in the Melbourne family grief studies
Determinants of family types
Classification of family types
Clinical utility of this classification
Selection of families by screening
Which models of therapy apply to those selected by screening?
Conducting family focused grief therapy
The family
Stages of therapy
Training and experience of the therapist
Standard principles of family therapy utilized in FFGT
Arranging the introductory session
The first assessment session
The genogram and completion of the assessment
Active focused treatment
The final sessions: consolidation and termination
Common themes that arise during FFGT
Care provision
The emotional challenge of suffering
Discussing death
Saying goodbye
Good death or disappointment
Cultural issues and religious practices
Needs of particular family members, including children
Historical influences on the family
Family grief
A typical encounter of therapy
Independent assessment of the family's outcome
Challenges and problems in the delivery of FFGT
Engaging reluctant members
Setting realistic goals of therapy
Conducting therapy in the home
Managing conflict in the home
Living with the uncertainty of prognosis
Dropouts from FFGT
Telephone contact initiated by the therapist
The therapist's role and style of intervening during therapy
The impact of specific life events upon families
'Double cancer' in a family
Families with an alcoholic parent
The family with adopted children
Families with a mentally ill member
Families with chronic physical illness
Families with prominent cultural differences
Divorce and remarriage--issues in blended families
Families with adolescent children
Families with an obvious symptom bearer
The ethical dimension
Is there an ethical framework that guides FFGT?
Ethical issues that arise in the practice of FFGT
Who is the family when gaining their informed consent?
Our model of functioning--an invitation to consider or imposition?
Brief and focused versus long-term and exploratory
Practical issues that arise in therapy
Clinical application of the FFGT model
FFGT--a structured, preventative and cost-effective model
Bereavement care begins with palliative care
What is the current status of a 'family meeting' in palliative care?
Service development issues
Application of the model
Does FFGT work?
The Family Relationships Index (FRI)
Tables of results from the Melbourne family grief studies
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