This book is written to teach students and practicing speechlanguage pathologists and audiologists how to counsel clients and their families effectively. The counseling skills introduced in this book are based on the model of Positive Psychology, a rapidly growing branch of Psychology that focuses on mental health and well-being, and how to achieve and maintain it. By incorporating the key elements of Positive Psychology into clinical practice, speech pathologists and audiologists can more effectively help patients live productively and successfully with their communication problems.
Clinicians should be prepared to counsel clients with communication impairments, and provides clinical guidance on a life span basis. She offers examples, exercises and specific techniques for working with individuals and families who have communication disorders acquired in adulthood, for working with parents of children with catastrophic conditions that are present at birth, and for working both with children and families of those whose communication disorders were incurred in childhood or adolescence. She also features one-on-one activities and model workshop examples for use with groups.
Table of contents
· Counseling in Clinical Practice: Overview.
· Positive Psychology: In Brief.
· Good Counselors: Knowledge, Skills, Characteristics and Attitudes.
· Communication Counseling with Parents of Children at Risk for Disability.
· Counseling Issues with Children and Adolescents with Later-Developing Communication Disorders.
· Communication Counseling with Adult Clients and Their Families for Whom Progression Is Toward Improvement.
· Communication Counseling with Adult Clients and Their Families for Whom Expected Progression Is Toward Deterioration.
· Teaching Resilience and Optimism to Families and Clients with Communication Disorders: Some Workshop Formats.
· There’s an Elephant in the Room: Issues in Death and Dying.