Issues in Family and Group Medical Crisis Counseling
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This paper presents an in-depth discussion of ethical and practical issues that arise in medical crisis counseling (MCC). In particular, the paper highlights Pollin's article "Medical Crisis Counseling: Short-Term Therapy for Long-Term Illness" which provides some discussion on the way that such complexities emerge and offers some strategies for how to address them. First, the paper discusses access to therapists which is a primary concern for families undergoing a medical crisis. Then, the paper examines the dual roles of family members when they become care givers during a medical crisis. The paper also addresses feelings of isolation experienced by family members during an illness. Next, the paper considers ethical issues as they related to a family with an ill member. Finally, the second part of the paper deals with MCC models and how they may be applied to a family. The paper concludes by underscoring the importance of placing clients in group counsel settings, where they can access a community of others who understand not just the practical realities of providing primary care to a sick loved one but who are also privy to the emotional rigors of this situation.
From the Paper:"Dual Roles are an inherent part of the caring process when a family member develops a chronic illness. In particular, the family becomes a central part of the treatment outlook for the subject. As the Pollin text clarifies, this is not simply so in the case where family members choose a highly involved level of commitment to treatment but that the degree of involvement itself is an aspect of the client's outlook. In contexts where the this level of involvement is high, family members will tend to take on dual roles as both a particular member of the family and as a primary caregiver. The latter role can often dominate and overshadow the former, placing a great deal of emotional pressure and stress upon the family member. This can damage his or her effectiveness as a caregiver. Thus, Pollin asserts, "to sustain themselves over the long haul, family members must assess their needs and if necessary find additional support and resources." (Pollin, 123) Indeed, finding counsel is an important way to make the fulfillment of dual roles even a remote possibility, with the emotional needs of the caregiver often otherwise significantly overshadowed by the treatment demands of the primary client."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Pollin, I., & Kaanan, S. (1995). Medical Crisis Counseling: Short-Term Therapy for Long-Term Illness. New York, N.Y. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
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