Group Therapy for Medically Ill Patients

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James L. Spira
Guilford Press, Feb 14, 1997 - Psychology - 335 pages
Psychosocial support for medically ill patients is becoming an integral part of treatment in hospitals and clinics worldwide. This volume presents information and therapuetic models for a range of group interventions across a variety of life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and coronary disease, as well as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and substance abuse.; This book is aimed at mental health practitioners and students who work with medically ill patients, as well as researchers and medical professionals interested in how psychosocial intervention can ameliorate health-related problems.

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James L. Spira, Ph.D., M.P.H, a licensed psychologist and educator, received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, and post-doctoral training in psychiatry from Stanford University. The author of dozens of publications in health psychology, he has served on the faculty of Duke University, where he was director in the Program of Health Psychology. He is currently Director of the Institute for Health Psychology in San Diego, leads groups at Scripps Clinic and Research Institute, and is consultant for the American Psychological Association Group Psychotherapy demonstration project for women with breast cancer.

Dr. Spira is author of several books, including Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder (Guilford, 1996), and the upcoming Existential Psychotherapy for Illness and Loss (American Psychological Association Press, due late 1997).

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