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Grief and Loss: Theories and Skills for the Helping Professions, 2nd Edition

Katherine Walsh

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Grief and Loss: Theories and Skills for the Helping Professions, 2nd Edition

By Katherine Walsh
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Overview
Author
Katherine Walsh
Edition
2nd
ISBN
9780205827091
Published Date
06/10/2011
Pages
192

Provides a variety of case examples applying theory to practice when working with those dealing with grief and loss.

 

Grief and Loss: Theories and Skills for the Helping Professions, 2nd Edition allows readers to see how essential theories and skills will enhance their own practice. They will gain the core knowledge and skills needed to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities who are experiencing loss and the grief that accompanies it

 

Culture, spirituality, age, gender and other factors that influence grief reactions are discussed, helping readers understand and work with diverse populations. Individual and programmatic responses to grieving people are also included. Each chapter contains exercises that encourage readers to apply the concepts learned and MySocialWorkLab includes a variety of Internet resources and supplemental learning tools.

 

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Acquire core knowledge and skills that will prepare readers to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities who are experiencing loss and the grief that accompanies it
  • Understand normal and complicated grief reactions
  • Identify actual as well as symbolic losses
  • Recognise the factors the positively and negatively influence grief reactions
  • Understand the resources and interventions that are effective in helping those who are grieving
Biography
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.
Features
  • Case examples illustrate theories and skills, allowing the students to see how these theories will enhance in their own practice.
  • Individual and programmatic responses to grieving people are included
  • Culture, spirituality, age, gender and other factors that influence grief reactions are discussed, preparing students to understand and work with diverse populations.
Table of contents
  • Chapter 1:  Introduction to Grief and Loss
  • Chapter 2: Symbolic Loss
  • Chapter 3: Self Preparation and Training for Professionals
  • Chapter 4: Childhood and Adolescence
  • Chapter 5: Young and Middle Adulthood
  • Chapter 6: Older Adulthood
  • Chapter 7:  Normal and Complicated Grief
  • Chapter 8: Culture and Spirituality
  • Chapter 9: Anticipatory Grief in End of Life Care
  • Chapter 10: What Can We Do to Help Grieving Individuals and Families?
  • Chapter 11: Helping Groups and Organizations Cope with Grief
  • Chapter 12: Communities and Traumatic Grief
  • Chapter 13: Professional Resilience: Sustaining Hope, Helpfulness and Competence in Working With Grief