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Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan, Second Edition: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

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by QCSW Judith L. M. McCoyd PhD & LCSW Carolyn Ambler Walter PhD
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Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan, Second Edition: A Biopsychosocial Perspective by QCSW Judith L. M. McCoyd PhD & LCSW Carolyn Ambler Walter PhD

Praise for the First Edition:

"[This book] represents a significant advance because it looks at the issues from a bio-psychosocial perspective. To a social worker who has worked mainly in a medical and nursing environment, this is a great step forward."

--Bereavement Care

"[Offers] valued sensitivities, knowledge, and insights, and most importantly, age-appropriate interventions for a range of significant losses...

Counselors will want to keep this indispensable work close at hand."

-Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, Author, Counseling Individuals With Life-Threatening Illness

This unique text for undergraduate and master's level social work and counseling courses on loss, grief, and bereavement is distinguished by its biopsychosocial perspective and developmental framework. The book addresses grieving patterns and intervention strategies according to the life trajectory and provides clinical intervention tools and strategies for coping according to the developmental stage of an individual. It incorporates losses beyond death loss, with special focus on losses related to maturational development. The second edition reflects new research that has clarified and underscored the value of theories examined in the first edition-particularly in the areas of continued bonds, disenfranchised grief, and ambiguous grief. It describes how grieving is influenced by biological responses to stress, psychological responses to loss, and social norms and support networks.

The second edition includes significant new information on trauma and resilience and addresses the use of mindfulness practices with grief and loss. It focuses on the changing role of technology including expressions of grief and loss in social media and public forums. Updated information is provided regarding hospice and palliative care, , along with housing issues in aging. A completely new chapter examines grief and loss counseling with emerging adults, and changes in the DSM 5 are covered as well. Additional new features include chapter objectives, discussion questions, an instructor's manual, PowerPoint slides, and updated resources.

New to the Second Edition:

  • New information on trauma and resilience
  • Using mindfulness practices with grief and loss
  • Updated theory and empirical findings
  • The changing role of technology in grief
  • Expressions of grief and loss in social media and public forums
  • Transitions due to economic and health changes
  • Changes in the DSM 5
  • New chapter on emerging adults (ages 18-25)
  • Instructor's manual and PowerPoint slides
  • New information on hospice, palliative care and aging
  • Housing issues in aging/disability
  • New information on issues facing young and older US veterans and families
  • Updated resources
  • Chapter objectives and discussion questions

Key Features:

  • Uses a developmental framework for grief and loss
  • Incorporates notions of loss beyond death, including unique maturational losses
  • Integrates new grief theories with empirical findings and intervention techniques
  • Utilizes neurobiological and biological information within a counseling text
  • Focuses on non-pathologizing approaches to sadness, loss, and grief

About the Authors:

Judith L.M. McCoyd, PhD, LCSW, QCSW, is Associate Professor, Rutgers University School of Social Work, teaching in the Clinical Practice curriculum and working with MSW, PhD and DSW programs. She worked in perinatal, emergency room, and oncology settings. Dr. McCoyd continues to maintain a small private practice specializing in perinatal and end-of-life care. She

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Ebook Details
Pages: 368
Size: 731 KB
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9780826120298 (DRM-EPUB)
2370006799962 (DRM-PDF)

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Nonfiction > Family & Relationships > Death, Grief, Bereavement
Nonfiction > Psychology > Psychotherapy > Counseling
Nonfiction > Social Science > Death & Dying

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