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1st Edition

What Psychotherapists Should Know About Disability

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ISBN 9781572306431
Published December 1, 1999 by Guilford Press
368 Pages

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Book Description

This comprehensive volume provides the knowledge and skills that mental health professionals need for more effective, informed work with clients with disabilities. Combining her extensive knowledge as a clinician, researcher, and teacher with her personal experience as someone with a disability, Olkin provides an insider's perspective on critical issues that are often overlooked in training. A lucid conceptual framework is presented for understanding disability as a minority experience, one that is structured by social, legal, and attitudinal constraints as well as physical challenges. Illuminating frequently encountered psychosocial themes and concerns, chapters describe a range of approaches to dealing with disability issues in the treatment of adults, children, and families. Topics addressed include etiquette with clients with disabilities; special concerns in assessment, evaluation, and diagnosis; the impact of disability on sexuality and romance, as well as pregnancy, birthing, and parenting; the use of assistive technology and devices; disability and substance abuse; and more. Filled with clinical examples and observations, the volume also discusses strategies for enhancing teaching, training, and research.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview
1. Who Are People with Disabilities?
2. The Minority Model of Disability
3. The Disability Experience: I. Stereotypes and Attitudes
4. The Disability Experience: II. Affect and Everyday Experiences
5. Families with Disabilities
6. Laws and Social History
7. Beginning Treatment
8. Etiquette with Clients with Disabilities
9. Interviews, Assessment, Evaluation, and Diagnosis
10. Dating, Romance, Sexuality, Pregnancy, Birthing, and Genetic Testing
11. Special Issues in Therapy with Clients with Disabilities
12. Assistive Technology and Devices
13. The Personal, the Professional, and the Political
14. Research on Disability: Shifting the Paradigm from Pathology to Policy
15. For Teachers and Supervisors

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'A valuable, insider's view of being on the outside....In addition to educating us about the social stigma these clients face, [this book] is full of practical resources and recommendations.' - Networker

'Simply put, this is the best book on psychotherapy I've read in years. It is only a superb guide to treating clients with disabilites; it is also an eloquent reminder of wha systems-oriented therapy at its most creative can actually be.' - Morris Taggart, PhD, Psychologist and Family Therapist

'Dr. Olkin is able, because of her own experience with disability and because of her experience through her work with people with disabilitie, to set the story straight and to expose the myths and fallacies that have existed for centuries.' - Disability Studies Quarterly

'This book is helping me to confront biases, stereotypes, and discomfort that may obstruct my interactions with students, clients, and acquaintances with diabilities. I am confident that it will make me a more effective clinician.' - Derald Wing Sue, Phd, President, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minoriy Issues, Division 45 of the American Psychological Association