September 01, 2017

Resources for counsellors

*These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on 

Counseling people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease : a powerful process of transformation

People with early dementia face enormous challenges in coping with their condition, yet they typically receive no personalized education or support following the diagnosis. Counselling empowers them to understand and come to terms with the illness while also learning to manage and make healthy adaptations to it. With the rapid increase in people diagnosed with early memory impairment—and demand for better support services—this ground breaking new guide gives you essential tools to become an integral partner in a process that helps people adjust to the many changes in their lives.
Presenting an innovative new counselling framework designed around the unique problems and needs arising from dementia, Counselling People with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease guides the counsellor and client through the many emotional, practical, and lifestyle issues to be faced.
In her new and easy-to-follow protocol, Robyn Yale—an internationally renowned expert on early-stage support groups—explores topics that include identity and self-esteem, resilience, relating to and educating others, stress management, and more. You will come away with an expanded repertoire of specialized skills and support roles—including coach, care planner, mediator, communications specialist, and problem solver—that will dramatically improve your ability to assist people with early dementia to
• work through complex emotions
• tap into useful coping mechanisms
• focus on capabilities
• adapt to practical circumstances in their day-to-day activities
 retain maximum autonomy over lifestyle preferences
• find new ways to move forward with their lives

Counseling the Alzheimer's caregiver : a resource for health care professionals

Counseling the Alzheimer's caregiver : a resource for health care professionals

This book is a comprehensive evidence-based guide for counseling Alzheimer's caregivers. It describes an approach developed by the staff of New York University School of Medicine's Alzheimer's Disease Center, which has been the subject of a 15-year efficacy trial. The outcome of the study shows clearly that counseling and support can help families keep Alzheimer's disease patients at home and that competent emotional support and referral resources can reduce the negative impact of caregiving on the caregivers.

Person-centred counselling in action

This substantially revised Third Edition provides an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of person-centred counselling while incorporating exciting new developments in the approach.Dave Mearns and Brian Thorne have preserved the compelling and accessible style of its predecessors. At the same time they provoke reflection on many of the key issues which concern not only person-centred practitioners but those across the whole counselling and psychotherapy field. Much has changed in the person-centred orientation since the death of Carl Rogers in 1987. Not only have new schools of thought emerged with different emphases and therapeutic possibilities but the authors of this book have themselves been responsible for significant advances in key areas of person-centred theory and practice. These developments are fully reflected in the revised text.Continuing to offer a clear exposition of the theory and practice of the approach, Person-Centred Counselling in Action, Third Edition will be invaluable for those embarking on their first stages of training. Well-established practitioners and even seasoned scholars will continue to find much to interest and stimulate them.

Techniques of grief therapy : creative practices for counseling the bereaved

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

ACT made simple : an easy-to-read primer on acceptance and commitment therapy 

by Russ Harris
  • Inside this book, you'll find: Scripts, exercises, metaphors, and worksheets to use with your clients
  • A session-by-session guide to implementing ACT
  • Guidance for creating your own therapeutic techniques and exercises
  • Practical tips to overcome 'therapy roadblocks'
“For those of you who train or supervise nurses, physicians, social workers, or other professionals unfamiliar with psychological lingo, ACT Made Simple is a must. Russ Harris has succeeded in the challenge f translating diffi cult psychological concepts embedded in ACT into plain, colorful, diverse language that anyone working clinically will understand. Each section is simply organized, easy to follow, and user-friendly. Harris has included highly useful sections of practical tips and common pitfalls that even the trained ACT therapist will fi nd useful. I highly recommend ACT Made Simple as a primer for ACT training.”
—JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D., author of The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy

Counseling the older adult: a training manual in clinical gerontology

An invaluable, step-by-step guide for understanding the basic problems and concerns of the growing population of adults over the age of 65. Based on years of clinical research and testing, this book provides a thorough review of critical information on older adults, the aging process, and mental health issues.

Organized into a useful workbook format, the book is filled with brief lectures, quizzes, exercises, and sample forms. These training materials are designed to help counselors build the interpersonal skills needed to provide aid and comfort for senior citizens requiring psychological services.

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