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, DSc, CRC, CLCP, is currently a professor in the department of rehabilitation at the University of Texas-Pan American. He earned his master’s in clinical psychology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada, and his PhD in rehabilitation from Auburn University in Alabama. Over his 22-year academic career, Dr. Marini earned two outstanding faculty research awards at Arkansas State, three faculty research awards at Pan-American, two outstanding teaching awards at Pan-American, and one service award. On a national level, he was the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education Award by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, and, a year later, received the 2010 James F. Garrett Distinguished Career Award in rehabilitation research from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. He was also voted the National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s 2013 recipient of the Rehabilitation Educator of the Year Award. In 2012, Dr. Marini received an honorary doctorate in science from his alma mater, Lakehead University. To date, he has published more than 75 peer-reviewed journal publications and 30 book chapters, and coauthored and coedited four books on counseling and rehabilitation counseling psychology−related topics. He is former president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and former chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

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?