What Psychotherapists Should Know about Disability

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Guilford Press, Jan 5, 2001 - Psychology - 368 pages
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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.
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.

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Introduction and Overview
Who Are People with Disabilities?
The Minority Model of Disability
Families with Disabilities
Laws and Social History
Beginning Treatment
Etiquette with Clients with Disabilities
Interviews Assessment Evaluation and Diagnosis
Aging and LongTerm Care
Use of Support Groups and Readings
Assistive Technology and Devices
The Personal the Professional and the Political
Shifting the Paradigm
Factors Limiting Research on Disability
For Teachers and Supervisors

Dating Romance Sexuality Pregnancy Birthing
Special Issues in Therapy with Clients
Living with Fatigue

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About the author (2001)

Rhoda Olkin, PhD, is a professor in the clinical psychology program at the California School of Professional Psychology in Alameda, California. She is also on the staff of Through the Looking Glass in Berkeley, California, an agency serving families with disabilities, and the National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities. She has experience in disability from the perspective of an administrator (she founded handicapped services at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the mid-1970s, and is currently the Faculty Advisor to Students with Disabilities at the California School of Professional Psychology), researcher, clinician, teacher, and spouse (of a man with multiple sclerosis), as well as personal experience (she had polio in 1954). Her short stories have been published in literary magazines, and her most recent story on a disability theme appears in Bigger Than the Sky: Disabled Women on Parenting. Her two children can spot ramps and handicapped parking with the best of them.

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