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Loss and Grief
eChapter  7
Added: 20/05/2009
Everyone experiences grief at some time in his or her life, but each person feels grief in his or her own way. Grief is unique and individual. This chapter explores loss and grief and recommends strat...egies and techniques to help those who are dealing with it.
Sustaining Supportive Networks
eChapter  10
Added: 20/05/2009
People with intellectual disabilities are a diverse group who embark on the ageing process from many different starting points in terms of residence, employment history, family constellations and heal...th status. This chapter gives insights into the impact of intellectual disability and discusses the probability of ageing people with intellectual disabilities still maintaining community living, with varying vignettes to add further explanation.
Prelims
eChapter  Prelims
Added: 20/05/2009
This chapter contains the preliminaries to the Ausmed chapter series Counselling and Interviewing for Carers by Hugh Irons. The author provides an introduction to the series, biographical details and ...a complete chapter list is also provided.
Techniques and Tools
eChapter  1
Added: 20/05/2009
How we speak to someone is important. The terms ‘counselling’ and ‘interviewing’ are commonly used, but often misunderstood. This chapter discusses what is meant by ‘counselling’ and ‘in...terviewing’ – and the skills that are required to carry out these important activities effectively.
The Motivational Interview
eChapter  3
Added: 20/05/2009
In a motivational interview, the focus is on encouraging a person to make a personal decision to change their behavior. The focal point of this chapter concerns motivational interviewing and its abili...ty to prompt a person to change behavior and move beyond ambivalence.
End Matter
eChapter  End Matter
Added: 20/05/2009
This chapter contains the index to the Ausmed chapter series Counselling and Interviewing for Carers: A Basic Guide. In addition to this useful reference, a glossary of key terms included in the serie...s is included and a post-series test that readers may find useful to check their knowledge.
Older People
eChapter  5
Added: 20/05/2009
The psychological needs of older people are often overlooked as attention is focused on the physical challenges of coping with the essential activities of daily living. This chapter discusses counsell...ing and interviewing of older people, and how to overcome some of the myths associated with their age.
Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts
eChapter  11
Added: 20/05/2009
This chapter discusses suicide and suicidal thoughts. It covers methods of prevention and aims to assist caring helpers recognise situations in which suicide is more likely to occur and to provide pra...ctical advice on how to try to prevent it.
Hostility and Agression
eChapter  9
Added: 20/05/2009
Problems in managing angry feelings can lead to hostility towards others, which can deteriorate into aggression and violence. This can be extremely challenging in a healthcare environment. This chapte...r discusses anger and hostility and how carers can manage it appropriately through dissipation strategies.
Depression
eChapter  10
Added: 20/05/2009
Feelings of sadness are a normal part of everyday life. However, they become abnormal if they are persistent and disrupt a person’s social, occupational and personal activities. This chapter address...es the signs and symptoms of depression and how to approach a depressed person.
Young People
eChapter  4
Added: 20/05/2009
Counselling children and adolescents requires a very different skill-set. Young people lack a wealth of experiences with which to compare events and they have not yet fully developed their coping skil...ls. This chapter discusses effective ways for counselling and interviewing children and adolescents.
Families
eChapter  6
Added: 20/05/2009
All families are different: they are as unique as the individuals contained within them. They differ in history, composition and the dynamics of the relationships among family members. In this chapter... you will learn how to counsel entire families or individual family members effectively.
The Helping Interview
eChapter  2
Added: 20/05/2009
This chapter discusses the many sorts of helping interviews. Helping is all about assisting people to manage, and perhaps solve, problems. It is about creating action opportunities to change situation...s. Guidance is provided for achieving the best outcome possible.
Stress and Anxiety
eChapter  8
Added: 20/05/2009
There are occasions where stress and anxiety interfere with everyday life. This chapter discusses stress, anxiety and agitation, and explores some of the ways in which helpers can provide appropriate ...caring assistance to those who are suffering as a result of stressful situations.
Psychoses and Thought Disorders
eChapter  12
Added: 20/05/2009
The term ‘psychosis’ refers to a severe mental illness in which the person suffers from distorted perceptions of reality. It can be, and is, terrifying for the person experiencing it and extremely... difficult and challenging for their carer to understand and manage. This chapter addresses the causes of psychoses and how to manage it.
A Palliative Approach in Aged Care - Def...inition
eChapter  3
Added: 19/05/2009
This chapter provides an overview of palliative care and describes the palliative approach that is being recommended for all aged care facilities in Australia......
Addressing Sexual and Body Image Concern...s
eChapter  9
Added: 19/05/2009
This chapter explores how all cancer patients have a sexual identity and are at risk of sexual and body image concerns as a consequence of their cancer diagnosis and treatment......
A Systems Model for Documentation
eChapter  15
Added: 19/05/2009
This final chapter takes a broader view of the subject in presenting a systems model for professional nursing documentation in aged care. In presenting a systematic overview of documentation, the chap...ter draws together many of the topics considered in earlier chapters and presents them in one coherent model. The model presented here puts many of the topics of earlier chapters into an overall context.
Abdominal Pain
eChapter  7
Added: 19/05/2009
Abdominal pain is a common problem in children of all ages. There are many possible causes and many of these problems go away without any specific medical attention. This chapter concentrates on the m...ore serious causes of abdominal pain and other problems that might require medical assessment and, possibly, surgery.
Political Imperative: Nurses' Work Visib...le by Documentation
eChapter  15
Added: 19/05/2009
What nurses document in their work conveys to others what nurses do. It is only by documenting what was done and how this was received that the quality of nursing care will improve and what nurses do ...will be recognised as worthwhile. This chapter encourages nurses to document their work so that they are accepted as useful health professionals.

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