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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
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 Helping Interview
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.
The Motivational Interview
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loss and Grief
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.
Stress and Anxiety
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.
Hostility and Agression
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.
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.
Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts
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.
eChapter End Matter
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.
Psychoses and Thought Disorders
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.
History and Issues
This chapter focuses on the history of aged care. It explores its problems and benefits and suggests ways of improving the aged care system. With diagrams and sub-headings this chapter is accessible a...nd easy to understand...
The Relatives' Perspective
This chapter explores some of the common issues faced by aged persons and their relatives. It provides useful food for thought for nurses who wish to provide professional empathetic care for family me...mbers faced with the responsibility of admitting their relative to an aged care facility. It informs on how nurses can provide invaluable information and assistance in this daunting responsibility.
The Whole Person
The dramatic increase in the longevity of older adults in our global society has brought an expansion in their numbers and in their potential for trauma and dementing illness, the most common of which... is Alzheimer's disease. Dementia is one of the major health problems of our ageing society. It is the nightmare the elderly pray to avoid. This chapter sets forth a holistic model for exploring the complexities of dementia.
Enriching the Environment
This chapter begins with an exposé of the everyday environments of care units as experienced by many people with dementia, and follows with a discussion of how and why such inappropriate and inadequa...te environments continue to exist. The chapter then discusses how practice can be transformed, how environments can be enriched, and how meaning can be restored to the lives of people with dementia.
Memory loss is a common complaint as people grow older. Memory function involves the ability to perceive something, the ability to register this perception, the ability to encode and store the memory ...and the ability to retrieve this information at a later date. In this chapter, the reader will learn about memory loss; its causes, assessment, treatment and more.