Psychosocial Aspects of Disability

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Psychosocial Aspects of Disability

SKU# 9780826106025

Insider Perspectives and Strategies for Counselors

Author: , Michael Millington PhD, CRC, Noreen M. Graf RhD, CRC


  • Irmo Marini PhD, DSc, CRC, CLCP

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What a marvelous and amazing textbook. Drs. Marini, Glover-Graf and Millington have done a remarkable job in the design of this highly unique book, that comprehensively and very thoughtfully addresses the psychosocial aspects of the disability experience. These highly respected scholars have produced a major work that will be a central text in rehabilitation education for years to come.

From the Foreword by Michael J. Leahy, Ph.D., LPC, CRC
Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
Michigan State University

This is an excellent book, but the best parts are the stories of the disabled, which give readers insights into their struggles and triumphs." Score: 94, 4 Stars--Doody's Medical Reviews

What are the differences between individuals with disabilities who flourish as opposed to those who never really adjust after a trauma? How are those born with a disability different from individuals who acquire one later in life? This is the first textbook about the psychosocial aspects of disability to provide students and practitioners of rehabilitation counseling with vivid insight into the experience of living with a disability. It features the first-person narratives of 16 people living with a variety of disabling conditions, which are integrated with sociological and societal perspectives toward disability, and strategies for counseling persons with disabilities.

Using a minority model perspective to address disability, the book focuses on historical perspectives, cultural variants regarding disability, myths and misconceptions, the attitudes of special interest and occupational groups, the psychology of disability with a focus on positive psychology, and adjustments to disability by the individual and family. A wealth of counseling guidelines and useful strategies are geared specifically to individual disabilities.

Key Features:

  • Contains narratives of people living with blindness, hearing impairments, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, polio, mental illness, and other disabilities
  • Provides counseling guidelines and strategies specifically geared toward specific disabilities, including "dos and don'ts"
  • Includes psychological and sociological research relating to individual disabilities
  • Discusses ongoing treatment issues and ethical dilemmas for rehabilitation counselors
  • Presents thought-provoking discussion questions in each chapter
  • Authored by prominent professor and researcher who became disabled as a young adult

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 27, 2011
  • Page Count 528
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826106025
  • EISBN 9780826106032

About The Author(s) 

Irmo Marini, PhD, CRC, CLCP, is Professor in the School of Rehabilitation at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. He obtained his PhD in Rehabilitation from Auburn University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. He is a 2009 recipient of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s distinguished career award in rehabilitation education, and 2010 recipient of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association’s James F. Garrett distinguished career award in rehabilitation research. In 2012, Dr. Marini was bestowed with an honorary doctorate of science (honoris causa) from his alma mater Lakehead University, and was the recipient of the 2013 National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s educator of the year award. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Patricia McCollom distinguished career award in life care planning research. He is the co-author and coeditor of seven books, over 40 book chapters, and more than 80 refereed journal publications. He is the former Chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, and former President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association.

Noreen M. Graf, Rh.D, is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg Texas. She holds a doctorate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Graf focuses primarily in the area of trauma-related disability and has published 59 journal articles and chapters, and two pieces of pure fiction.

Michael J. Millington, PhD is Course Director for the Rehabilitation Counselling Discipline and Associate of the Centre for Disability Research and Policy, and the WHO Collaborating Centre at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. He holds a doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin. His 60+ publications concern various aspects of inclusive community development. Current research focuses on integrating community-based rehabilitation principles into the practice, management, and pedagogy of care and support.

Table of Contents 

Part I: Disability from a Sociological Perspective

    1. The History of Treatment toward Persons with Disabilities
    2. Societal Attitudes and Myths about Disabilities: Improving the Social Consciousness
    3. Culturally Different Issues and Attitudes toward Disability
    4. Attitudes toward Disability by Special Interest and Occupational Groups

Part II: The Psychology of Disability Surrounding the Individual and Family

    5. Theories of Adjustment to Disability by the Individual
    6. Family Adaptation across Cultures toward a Loved One Who is Disabled
    7. Sexuality Issues and Disability
    8. The Psychosocial World of the Injured Worker

Part III: Pertinent Topics Concerning Psychosocial Issues of Disability

    9. Quality of Life across the Lifespan for Persons with Disabilities
    10. Implications of Social Support and Care-giving for Loved Ones with a Disability
    11. Thriving Versus Succumbing to Disability: Psychosocial Factors and Positive Psychology

Part V: Counseling Strategies and Insights for Working with Persons with Disabilities

    12. Which Counseling Theories and Techniques Work Best with Different Disability Populations and Why
    13. Basic Do's and Don'ts in Counseling Persons with Disabilities
    14. Counseling with Families
    15. Ethical Responsibilities in Working with Persons with Disabilities and Duty to Educate
    16. What We Counsel, Teach, and Research Regarding the Needs of Persons with Disabilities: What Have We Been Missing?