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Counselling for Depression

: Lockley, Paul

Written by Paul Lockley, the author of the best-selling Counselling Heroin and Other Drug Users and Counselling Women in Violent Relationships, this book is another highly practical guide for therapists and those who are seeking to help depressed people. Paul Lockley shows how to employ techniques which open up life again for the depressed. His method requires the active participation of depressed clients for a successful outcome. Lockley explores the cognitive aspects of depression, how feelings affect the thinking process, and thinking influences feelings. He views depression as a continuum, ranging from mild feelings of being unnaturally ‘down’ to the disabling severe clinical state. This absence of labeling allows clients to help themselves through taking greater control of their situation. The therapist becomes the enabler to the client, who learns to work constructively within a gradually expanding environment. Enabling self-help begins with ensuring that clients are well informed about their condition, able to normalise rather than to ‘psychiatrise’ it. They are also helped to work towards accepting their feelings and learning how best to deal with them on a day-to-day basis. The book discusses the sometimes unhelpful modification of feelings through the use of alcohol or drugs. Practical measures are explained whereby clients can help themselves through work at home, doing their own exercises of relaxation, guided imagination, and journal work. Tackling depression should be supplemented, where relevant, by more specific counselling for past abuse, loss or grief. Work, family and personal stress should also reviewed be as possible contributory factors. This book is drawn from Paul Lockley’s extensive experience in counselling for depression. It is both informative and inspiring. Read more…

Making Death Thinkable

: De Masi, Franco.

Man’s perception of the finite nature of life is always present, resulting in anxieties of varying intensity, depending on the person’s character and on the phases of life he is going through. Franco De Masi is aware of the philosophical, sociological, religious or mystical approaches to the problem of death, however he chooses to focus on, and remain within, the theoretical frame of reference of psychoanalysis. He explores how different psychoanalytic theories have addressed the issue of death, its presence or absence in the unconscious, as well as the implications of the theories of the death instinct on a more strictly clinical and technical level. Moreover De Masi is interested in thinking about the psychological resources available to man, to make death thinkable, when its inevitable occurrence needs to be faced. He is concerned with the transformation of the thought of death, from an unthinkable catastrophic event, to a natural conclusion of one’s existence. As a psychoanalyst, he explores the quality of the anxiety accompanying the idea of the natural occurrence of death, which, however, is a perturbing presence in the mind of the average man of our Western civilization. We might fear, sense and anticipate the death of our loved ones, and we know that when it occurs we will need to face the emptiness that will result. Yet, the emptiness we will leave proves to be unthinkable. Read more…

Conciliation, Children and Divorce (Child Care Policy and Practice Series)

: Howard, John; Shepherd, Graham

This book by John Howard and Graham Shepherd is a practitioner’s guide intended to help all those – social workers, marriage guidance counsellors, magistrates and many other groups of professionals – whose work may involve interviewing separated families. Read more…

Child Abuse, Psychotherapy and the Law: Bearing the Unbearable

: Kennedy, Roger

Provides a legal framework for professionals working with families in the field of child abuse. The aim of the text is to provide a framework for practitioners untrained in law and in doing so allow a greater understanding of individuals, families and groups, and to help lawyers steer families more effectively and humanely through the legal process. It illustrates the complicated issues arising from the interaction between families, the law and mental health workers. The author, Roger Kennedy describes and analyzes the work of Cassel Hospital, a centre for the treatment of families with severe emotional and psychological problems whose children are at risk or who have been abused. Through case studies, the author illustrates the work of the hospital, including in-depth psychotherapeutic work and rehabilitation with the families, the purpose of which is to avoid the finality of legal proceedings and inevitable breakup of families. Read more…

Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss

: Jewett, Claudia L.

A clear and practical guide for adults facing the responsibility of helping a child through the pain of separation and loss. Based on years of working with hundreds of bereaved children, this study by Claudia Jewett describes the various stages of mourning and the type of behaviour shown by children at each delicate stage of the grieving process. It describes the many simple techniques that any adult can use to help children through their grief and guide them to its timely resolution. The author uses case histories and sample dialogues between helper and child, which help to explain the long-term impact of separation and loss in a wide variety of situations. This book aims to be helpful to any adult, whether parent, social worker, therapist, counsellor, teacher or friend who is faced with the responsibility of helping a grieving child. Read more…

Working with Drug Family Support Group

: Lockley, Paul

To date, professionals who work with drug users have given greatest emphasis to counselling the users themselves, to the exclusion of others with whom they may be involved, in particular their families who themselves may be experiencing great amounts of distress. This book introduces the reader to the setting up and running of a drug support group and illustrates the underlying approach of providing mutual support for everyone involved. Using many practical examples, Paul Lockley takes the reader, step by step, through the establishment and life of a support group, and the work it entails. In the process of examining the life and work of the group, attention is given to aspects such as group attendance, development, difficulties and assessment. Read more…

Counselling Heroin and Other Drug Users

: Lockley, Paul.

Paul Lockley’s book aligns theory with practice. It has been written by a drug counsellor but has also been informed by the contributions of drug users, ex-users, their partners and families. It is comprehensive in its coverage of drug, their effects, methods of usage, the drugs sub-culture, and personal and social attitudes to drugs. Providing as step-step guide to counselling which is fundamentally based on realism and what can be achieved, it never loses sight of its first premise that it is the drugs user who must decide for him or herself if, when and how to come off drugs. Read more…