Loss, Trauma, and Resilience Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss

ISBN-10: 0393704491

ISBN-13: 9780393704495

Edition: 2005

Authors: Pauline Boss, W. W. Norton and Company Staff

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Whether it is a parent in the grip of Alzheimer's or a spouse missing in a disastrous event, we are all touched by ambiguous loss. This work guides therapists with concepts and practices in the task of building resilience in clients who face the trauma of loss without resolution.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

She received her Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she subsequently taught for many years. In 1981, she joined the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, where she is now Professor and Clinical Supervisor in the doctoral training program in marriage and family therapy. She was appointed Visiting Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, 1995-96. Dr. Boss is a past-president of the National Council on Family Relations and is a past-president of the Groves conference on Marriage and the Family.

Foreword
Preface
How to Read This Book
Coming Full Circle
Introduction: Loss and Ambiguity
The Contextual View
Ambiguous Loss and Traumatic Stress
The Ambiguous Loss Model
History of the Research Base
The Conceptual Base: Stress and Resilience
The Training
Needed Research
Conclusion
The Developing Theory of Ambiguous Loss
The Psychological Family
Linking the Psychological Family With Stress and Resilience
The Psychological Family and Diversity
Theoretical Assumptions
The Ambiguity of Absence and Presence
Conclusion
Trauma and Stress
Expanding the Repertoire for Treatment
Stress and Trauma
PTSD: A Need for Caution and Collaboration With Family Therapy
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing: A Need for Caution and Collaboration With Family Therapy
Treatment and Intervention
Resilience and Health
Definitions
History and Research Update for Clinicians
Cautions About Resiliency
Principles for Therapeutic Treatment and Preventive Intervention
Case Study
Therapeutic Goals for Treating Ambiguous Loss
Finding Meaning
The Search for Meaning
The Phenomenology of Meaning
What Helps Find Meaning?
What Hinders?
Therapy Methods and Guidelines for Finding Meaning
Conclusion
Tempering Mastery
What is Mastery?
Theory Base
What Helps Temper Mastery?
What Hinders?
Therapy Methods and Guidelines for Tempering Mastery
Conclusion
Reconstructing Identity
Identity and Ambiguous Loss
Social Construction as a Theory Base
What Helps Reconstruct Identity?
What Hinders?
Therapy Methods and Guidelines for Reconstructing Identity
Conclusion
Normalizing Ambivalence
Ambiguity and Ambivalence
How Does Normalizing Ambivalence Relate to Resilience?
Theory Base
What Helps Normalize Ambivalence?
What Hinders?
Therapy Methods and Guidelines for Normalizing Ambivalence
Conclusion
Revising Attachment
Attachment and Ambiguity
Theoretical Considerations of Environmental Problems and Context
What Helps Revise Attachment?
What Hinders?
Therapy Methods and Guidelines for Revising Attachment
Conclusion
Discovering Hope
Hope and Ambiguous Loss
Theory Base
When Hope Helps
When Hope Hinders
Therapy Methods and Guidelines for Discovering New Hope
Conclusion
Epilogue: The Self of the Therapist
The Place To Start
Increasing Our Own Comfort with Ambiguity and Loss
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
References
Index
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