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The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability, Seventh Edition

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The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability, Seventh Edition

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  • Irmo Marini PhD, DSc, CRC, CLCP
  • Mark A. Stebnicki PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, CCMC
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Praise for the Sixth Edition:

"Adds an important international perspective on illness and disability. The personal narratives help bring the real world of people who are [survivors] to the forefront of the scientific discourse." —Doody's Medical Reviews

Now in its seventh edition, this bestselling classic continues to be the most comprehensive and diverse text available on the psychosocial aspects of illness and disability. It is substantially revised to reflect the growing disparity between the haves and the have-nots and incorporates social justice issues throughout the text. In addition to new and updated information integrated throughout the book, the seventh edition features two new chapters addressing social justice in regards to depression and disability, and the psychosocial aspects of grief, death, and dying. Additionally, the text now includes an Instructor’s Manual and PowerPoint slides.

Combining a mix of seminal work from rehabilitation counseling legends with current theoretical and treatment approaches, the book provides a practical, real-life perspective and offers broad and inclusive coverage of the day-to-day challenges of working with a diverse and marginalized population. Additionally, the text analyzes barriers to enabling patients with disabilities and improving their quality of life. Chapter objectives, review questions, and personal narratives in each chapter facilitate in-depth learning.

New to the Seventh Edition:

  • Completely updated to incorporate social justice issues, from the medical and psychosocial aspects of combat trauma to the impact of mental and physical disabilities on immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, throughout
  • Includes two new chapters addressing Social Justice/Depression and Disability and the Psychosocial Aspects of Grief, Death, and Dying
  • Includes an Instructor’s Manual and PowerPoint slides
  • Enhanced coverage of topics concerning diverse and marginalized populations, including Women with Disabilities, Sexuality and Disabilities, LBGTQ Issues, Aging with Disabilities, Trauma, and more

Key Features:

  • Presents the most comprehensive and diverse coverage of psychosocial aspects of disability of any text
  • Emphasizes the negative impact of societal attitudes and treatment of disabled individuals on their psychological adjustment to disability
  • Examines both seminal and current thinking and treatment approaches
  • Provides a bridge between theory and practice with abundant narratives
  • Includes objectives and reviews questions in each chapter

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 20, 2017
  • Page Count 600
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826161611
  • EISBN 9780826161628

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.

Mark A. Stebnicki, PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, CCMC is a Professor and Coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling Certificate Program he developed in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Services at East Carolina University. He holds a doctoral (Ph.D.) and master’s (M.S.) degree in rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Stebnicki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina and holds three national certifications; Diplomate in Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS) in Trauma Counseling through the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA); Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC); Certified Case Manager (CCM); and a Certified Clinical Military Counselor (CCMC). In 2016, Dr. Stebnicki developed a military counseling training program for the state of North Carolina. The credential, The Certified Clinical Military Counselor (CCMC), trains professional counselors to work with the medical, psychosocial, vocational, and mental health needs of active duty personnel, veterans, and family members.

Dr. Stebnicki is also certified by the Washington, D.C.-based crisis response team National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and North Carolina’s American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health crisis team. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, researcher, and practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working with the mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation needs of persons that have traumatic stress, chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Dr. Stebnicki has written seven books (4 edited books with Dr. Irmo Marini) most recently The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability (7th ed.) (2017, Springer Publishing) and The Professional Counselors’ Desk Reference (2016, Springer Publishing); and four single-author books, most recently Disaster Mental Health Counseling: Responding to Trauma in a Multicultural Context (2017, Springer Publishing); Empathy Fatigue: Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors (2008, Springer Publishing). He has over 28 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at over 100 regional, state, and national conferences, seminars, and workshops, on topics ranging from youth violence, traumatic stress, empathy fatigue, and the psychosocial aspects of adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Dr. Stebnicki has served on multiple professional counseling and accreditation boards. He served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, AR (March 24, 1998) and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. His youth violence program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation (IEPP) Program, was awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation for its vision and excellence in the area of youth violence prevention. Other accolades include consulting with former President Bill Clinton’s staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (April 20, 1999).

Table of Contents 

Table of Contents

Author Bio



Part I. Historical Perspectives

Chapter 1, History of Treatment Toward Persons with Disabilities in America

Chapter 2, On the Origins of Negative Attitudes Toward People with Disabilities

Chapter 3, History of Treatment Toward Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities

Chapter 4, Models of Disability: Implications for the Counseling Profession

Chapter 5, Changes in Attitudes Toward People with Handicaps

Part II. The Personal Impact of Disability

Chapter 6, Psychological Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability: A Primer for Counselors

Chapter 7, Theories of Adjustment and Adaptation to Disability

Chapter 8, Psychosocial Disparities Faced by Women with Physical Disabilities

Chapter 9, Beyond the Binary: Rethinking the Social Model of Disabled Sexuality

Chapter 10, Culture, Family, and Attitudes Toward Disability

Chapter 11, Quality of Life and Coping with Chronic Illness and Disability: A Temporal Perspective

Part III. Family Issues in Illness and Disability

Chapter 12, Family Adaptation Across Cultures Toward a Loved One Who is Disabled

Chapter 13, Giving Parents a Voice: A Qualitative Study of the Challenges Experienced by Parents of Children with Disabilities

Chapter 14, Psychosocial Counseling Aspects of Grief, Death, and Dying

Chapter 15, Family Caregiving

Chapter 16, Counseling in the Context of Family Identity

Part IV. Interventions and Resources

Chapter 17, Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Chapter 18, Working with Trauma-Related Mental Health Problems Among Combat Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts

Chapter 19, Users of Assistive Technology: The Human Component

Chapter 20, Religion and Disability: Clinical, Research and Training Considerations for Rehabilitation Professionals

Chapter 21, Rehabilitation Professionals and Abuse of Women Consumers

Part V. New Directions Issues and Perspectives

Chapter 22, Application of Well-Being Therapy to People with Disability and Chronic Illness

Chapter 23, Classifying Functioning, Disability, and Health: The ICF

Chapter 24, From Empathy Fatigue to Empathy Resiliency

Chapter 25, Obesity as a Disability: Medical Psychosocial, and Vocational Implications

Chapter 26, Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers: The Psychosocial Cost of War on Civilians

Chapter 27, Key Concepts and Techniques for an Aging Workforce

Chapter 28, Risk and Resilience in Military Families Experiencing Deployment: The Role of the Family Attachment Network

Chapter 29, Social Justice, Oppression, and Disability: Counseling Those Most in Need

Chapter 30, Reflections and considerations

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