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Grief counseling and grief therapy : a handbook for the mental health practitioner
Worden, J. William (James William), 1932-
Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Springer Pub., [2002]

Physical Description:
ix, 232 pages ; 24 cm
Attachment, loss, and the experience of grief -- Understanding the mourning process -- Grief counseling: facilitating uncomplicated grief -- Abnormal grief reactions: complicated mourning -- Grief therapy: resolving complicated mourning -- Grieving special types of losses -- Grief and family systems -- The counselor's own grief -- Training for grief counseling.
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RC455.4.L67 W67 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Praise for earlier editions:

Worden ... has again provided mental health professionals with a superb guide describing specific principles and procedures that may be helpful in working with bereaved clients undergoing normal or abnormal grief reactions .... an extremely practical book and an invaluable resource.
-- Contemporary Psychology

This book is the 'Bible' for those involved in the field of bereavement work...It is a straightforward, tightly focused, practical, soundly reasoned, compact working text."
--William M. Lamers, Jr., MD., The Lamers Medical Group

If you had one book dealing with grief counseling available to you, this is the one you should select."
-- Caregiver Quarterly

Worden has brought a critical and discerning mind to bear. ... His delineation of 'the tasks of mourning' is a masterly and original summation, and the ways by which we can help others to grow through grieving are clearly described."
--From the Foreword by Colin Murray Parkes, UK edition

In this updated and revised third edition of his classic text, Dr. Worden presents his most recent thinking on bereavement drawn from extensive research, clinical work, and the best of the new literature. Readers will find new information on special types of losses--including children's violent deaths, grief and the elderly, and anticipatory grief--as well as refinements to his basic model for mourning. It now not only includes the four "tasks of mourning" but also seven "mediators of mourning." In addition, a series of vignettes, the best of the first and second editions, plus several new to this edition, bring bereavement issues to life.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
1. Attachment, Loss, and the Experience of Griefp. 7
Attachment Theory
Is Grief a Disease?
Normal Grief
Manifestations of Normal Grief
Grief and Depression
2. Understanding the Mourning Processp. 25
Tasks of Mourning
Mediators of Mourning
A Caution
When Is Mourning Finished?
3. Grief Counseling: Facilitating Uncomplicated Griefp. 51
Goals of Grief Counseling
Who Does Grief Counseling?
When to Do Grief Counseling
Where Should Grief Counseling Be Done?
Who Receives Grief Counseling?
Identifying the At-Risk Bereaved
Counseling Principles and Procedures
Useful Techniques
The Use of Medication
Grief Counseling in Groups
Facilitating Grief Through Funeral Ritual
Effectiveness of Grief Counseling
4. Abnormal Grief Reactions: Complicated Mourningp. 83
Why People Fail to Grieve
How Grief Goes Wrong
Diagnosing Complicated Mourning
5. Grief Therapy: Resolving Complicated Mourningp. 101
Goals and Setting for Grief Therapy
Procedures for Grief Therapy
Special Considerations for Grief Therapy
Techniques and Timing
Dreams in Grief Counseling and Therapy
Evaluating Results
6. Grieving Special Types of Lossesp. 119
Sudden Death
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Anticipatory Grief
7. Grief and Family Systemsp. 149
Death of a Child
Children Whose Parents Die
Family Intervention Approaches
Grief and the Elderly
Family Versus Individual Needs
8. The Counselor's Own Griefp. 173
Stress and Burnout
9. Training for Grief Counselingp. 181
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 225