Counseling a Primary Caregiver and Family in the Face of Devastating Illness
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This paper explains the gauntlet of emotions family members go through when having to take care of an elderly patient and presents a case study of a client seeking counseling and support as her father is in an advanced stage of Alzheimer's. It provides details of the daughter's first session and explains how these meetings can serve as a mode of grieving as well, for the father she has in some ways already lost.
From the Paper:''The first session will be designated to assessing the subject's situation from a practical standpoint, the subject's current emotional state and to allowing the subject the opportunity to simply to vent feelings that may have no other outlet. The Pollin text indicates that this should take the form of a structured interview, designed to produce an overview of the scenario and a projection of likely beneficial treatment approaches. The consultation does not immediately proceed from the assumption that the subject will necessarily be due for longterm consultation. Instead, this is understood as a preliminary but self-contained engagement with the client. As Pollin points out, "the consultation gives some patients all they need for the time being: an assessment of the situation, identification of concerns, affirmation of skills and resources, and assurance that more professional help is available if needed. This 'one-time-only' alternative is an entirely appropriate outcome of the consult, as the clinical experience of many people in this field attests." (Pollin, 19) That said, the sustained condition and continually evolving nature of its inherent challenges suggest that this subject may require the type of support that is continuous and flexible. The opening interview should be designed to gather as far-reaching an understanding of the subject's needs, resources and dilemmas as can be comprehended in a single session.''
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.
- James, J. & Friedman, R. (1998). The grief recovery handbook. New York, N.Y. Harper Collins Publishers.
Cite this Case Study:
Counseling a Primary Caregiver and Family in the Face of Devastating Illness (2012, October 31) Retrieved January 16, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/case-study/counseling-a-primary-caregiver-and-family-in-the-face-of-devastating-illness-151967/
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