Receiving a life-threatening diagnosis is challenging. Counselors and other medical professionals have a great responsibility in providing compassionate care to their patients. In the following video clips, Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, author of Counseling Individuals with Life Threatening Illness, discusses cultural factors and illness, counseling those with life-threatening illnesses, and disenfranchised grief.


Cultural Factors and Illness: Dr. Ken Doka


The Prediagnostic Period and Counseling Those with Life-Threatening Illness


Disenfranchised Grief: Dr. Ken Doka


About Counseling Individuals with Life Threatening Illness, Second Edition

This holistic, family-centered guide to counseling individuals with life-threatening illness considers not only the physical manifestations of the illness, but its psychological, social, economic, and spiritual implications. Revised and updated to reflect the most current research and enhanced theoretical development, this second edition encompasses new therapies that enhance meaning-making at life's end, and offers expanded sections on counseling families during the illness and as they grieve.

About Kenneth J. Doka

Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, is Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America.  Dr. Doka has served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the International Group of Dying, Death and Bereavement. He is the recipient of The Association for Death Education and Counseling Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education. He has lectured widely throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and participates in the annual Hospice Foundation of America Teleconference, hosted by Cokie Roberts, and has appeared on CNN, and Nightline, among other outstanding achievements.