Counselling and Helping Carers: Communication and Counseling in Health Care Series (Communication and Counselling in Health Care)

Counselling and Helping Carers: Communication and Counseling in Health Care Series (Communication and Counselling in Health Care)

by J.MitchellNoon (Author)


'How can I describe my feelings about a life together - a partnership for all those years - set at my husband's retirement, with plans for doing the sorts of things we had always enjoyed - now completely destroyed'. Much is written about the experience of people who are ill, but relatively little is said about the emotional and material effects of illness on those who care for the patient. The needs of carers are sometimes unclear and many professional helpers are uncertain about their role in relation to carers and how to respond to carer's acute; needs. Counselling and Helping Carers has been written to enable health care and social service workers to be more effective in addressing the needs of carers. Illustrated with case studies throughout, this book examines the experience of carers, considers the special characteristics of carers as a population, and considers how help may best be provided by those who are involved in a professional helping role. It is designed to enhance helpers' basic counselling and helping skills, and to help them recognize and respond to the carer's difficult task of negotiating the complex path from crisis to coping. It will be an invaluable guide for all helpers who encounter carers as part of their day to day work, whether volunteers or professionals.


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Format: Illustrated
Pages: 156
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Published: 01 Apr 2010

ISBN 10: 1854332724
ISBN 13: 9781854332721

Media Reviews
'... the use of case studies throughout the book makes it both engrossing and sometimes moving.' Health Psychology Update. 'All community nurses should find this book to be a useful aid in their work with carers. Even those people with advanced counselling and helping skills will find the particular context of this book should help to enhance their understanding of the particular needs of carers.' Journal of Community Nursing.
Author Bio
Mitchell Noon is Consultant Health Psychologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, UK with many years' experience of providing training to health professionals. The forward is by Professor Alastair MacDonald of the Lewisham and Guy's Mental Health Trust, Lewisham Hospital, London, UK, who acted as Editorial Medical Advisor for the book.