Face to Face with Distress: The Professional Use of Self in Psychosocial Care, 1e
Brand: Butterworth-Heinemann

Face to Face with Distress: The Professional Use of Self in Psychosocial Care, 1e

  • Publish Date: 1997-12-24
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Elizabeth Barnes SRN;Peter Griffiths BSc(Hons)Soc/Psy SRN RMN;Diane Wells BA RMT RGM

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How can professionals manage the boundary between personal involvement and professional detachment when faced constantly by people in distress? The authors explore a broad range of perspectives on this question, from philosophical enquiry to the dilemmas of everyday practice.

They draw on a common experience of psychosocial nurse training at the Cassel Hospital - a therapeutic community based on psychodynamic ideas and experiential learning. Now, writing from a variety of different settings, they show how personal feelings can provide a key to understanding and containing the emotional needs of people in distress. They demonstrate the central role of shared reflection with colleagues for developing skills, practical theories and theory-based practice.

This book is for all practitioners concerned with the provision of high quality psychosocial care to individuals, families, groups and organisations. It will be a valuable resource for students undertaking diploma and degree courses in nursing, health and social care, and for the providers of such courses. It will also be of interest to researchers and managers.

* Written by nurses from the Cassel Hospital - the therapeutic community of world-wide repute
* Describes a unique and flexible way of working with severely distressed people
* Explains the use of self and the examination of the professionals own feelings in understanding the patient/client.


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