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Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People in Care: A Support Guide Paperback – 15 January 2018
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"Felicity Chapman's 'out of the box' approach to psychotherapeutic work with older adults is a refreshing and much needed text." (Julianne Whyte, OAM, CEO and Founder of the Amaranth Foundation)
"The illuminating personal stories of the elderly and the meticulous unpacking of work within residential care systems are written with rigor, elegance and humor and makes for compelling reading. Her book is a must-readguide!" (Shona Russell, Mental health social worker, Co-Director Narrative Practices Adelaide)
"This book could scarcely be more timely ... I recommend it to all therapists." (Tamar Posner, Contemporary Psychotherapy)
"[This book] includes a neat list of five forms of ageism... I could not help but be impressed by the way she looks at all aspects of the person, which is something we espouse in palliative care... you will enjoy this book." (Dr Roger Woodruff, International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care)
"Felicity Chapman... provides a comprehensive guide to working in this complex, specialist field that takes a deeply respectful, collaborative and empowering approach." (Sarah Baker, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
"Equally valuable for a beginner or seasoned therapist." (Vittorio Cintio, social work department head and lead clinician)
About the Author
Felicity Chapman is a first class honours graduate of social work from the University of South Australia and is an accredited mental health social worker. She has extensive training and experience in psychotherapy and specializes in work with seniors both in the community and facility settings. Currently she also provides sessional lecturing and tutoring for the Graduate Program of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Adelaide. She lives in South Australia with her husband and two teenage boys.
- Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1st edition (15 January 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 178592396X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785923968
- Dimensions : 15.19 x 1.4 x 22.91 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 107,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The best thing about this book is that it examines and describes the Australian experience in detail, outlining its rewards and pitfalls in ways that many mental health workers here will be able to recognise and connect with. It looks at funding discrepancies and obstacles to psychological care for older people, dictated by the health care system, as well as occasional reluctance of residential aged care facilities to recognise the value of counselling for their residents. As Chapman says early in the book "care staff are often not aware of how challenging behaviours and psychological distress are so inextricably linked". Her book is driven by her personal experiences as a mental health social worker counselling older people and her success stories, using case studies to outline her use of different modalities and techniques. It dispels the myth that depression is a natural part of ageing and there's really nothing you can do about it. In fact, there's heaps that can be done, as her client stories attest, even when dementia is apparent: "It would be wrong to deprive persons in the early stages of dementia of the benefits of appropriate psychological intervention".
I could go on and on but I wind up so you can read the book yourself. Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People in Care breaks new ground - a story that needed to be told, laden with useful information for practitioners.
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So when I received the book I was at first I was disappointed in the shortness of the actual content (Chapter 1 starts on page 38 and the last content chapter ends on page 203) which amounts to 168 pages in a book slightly larger than a standard paperback novel that cost $35.00.
You know what… as I read the book I realized that size and quantity didn’t matter as this author tells you in every real-life example the possible perspectives they might have, how to talk to them, what to say, and how to frame the interactions for these needs specific clients.
I’m nowhere close to full absorbing all of her wisdom and experience, but I know that every minute I spend reading the book brings me a little closer to being a more effective senior helper/counselor.