Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved

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Robert A. Neimeyer
Routledge, 2012 - Psychology - 388 pages
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Techniques of Grief Therapy is an indispensable guidebook to the most inventive and inspirational interventions in grief and bereavement counseling and therapy. Individually, each technique emphasizes creativity and practicality. As a whole, they capture the richness of practices in the field and the innovative approaches that clinicians in diverse settings have developed, in some cases over decades, to effectively address the needs of the bereaved. New professionals and seasoned clinicians will find dozens of ideas that are ready to implement and are packed with useful features, including:

  • Careful discussion of the therapeutic relationship that provides a "container" for specific procedures
  • An intuitive, thematic organization that makes it easy to find the right technique for a particular situation
  • Detailed explanations of when to use (and when not to use) particular techniques
  • Expert guidance on implementing each technique and tips on avoiding common pitfalls
  • Sample worksheets and activities for use in session and as homework assignments
  • Illustrative case studies and transcripts
  • Recommended readings to learn more about theory, research and practice associated with each technique
 

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Contents

Modulating Emotion
25
Working with the Body
53
Transforming Trauma
81
Changing Behavior
109
Restructuring Cognition
123
Encountering Resistance
147
Finding Meaning
159
Rewriting Life Narratives
179
Part XII Renewing the Bond
251
Revising Goals
287
Accessing Resources
301
Grieving with Others
313
Ritualizing Transition
339
Healing the Healer
357
Epilogue
368
Contributors
370

Integrating the Arts
199
Consolidating Memories
229

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Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is a professor in the department of psychology at the University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. He has published more than two dozen books, including Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice and Constructivist Psychotherapy, both with Routledge. He is also the editor of Death Studies and has served as president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling as well as chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.

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