Family Therapy Review: Preparing for Comprehensive and Licensing Examinations

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. Compare and contrast classical models of grieving with current professional approaches to helping clients deal with death, dying, and bereavement.
2. Compare and contrast the differences in impact and ramifications of anticipated versus unanticipated deaths.
3. Describe the issues facing both those who are dying and those who act as care givers for dying persons.
4. Describe and discuss what is meant by “nearing death awareness.”
5. Describe and discuss issues that have emerged concurrent with advances in medical technology.
6. Describe and discuss the various forms of advance directives.
7. Compare and contrast the reactions of children at various ages to the death of a sibling versus the death of a parent.
8. Compare and contrast the reactions to loss of a spouse at various stages of the family life cycle.
9. Describe the process of helping clients to create special ceremonies or healing rituals, giving examples of both.
10. Describe what is meant by and involved with the search for meaning following the death of a loved one.

SUGGESTED FURTHER READING

Becvar, D. S. (2001). In the presence of grief: Helping family members resolve death, dying and bereavement issues. New York: Guilford Press.

An overview of the contexts of grief as well as grief in the context of therapy.

Kübler-Ross, E. (1969). On death and dying. New York: Macmillan.

The landmark book describing the stages of dying.

Nolen-Hoeksema, S., & Larson, J. (1999). Coping with loss. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

A research-based overview of grief reactions.

Rando, T. (1991). How to go on living when someone you love dies. New York: Bantam Books.

A classic in the field of death, dying, and bereavement.


REFERENCES

Aldrich, L. M. (1996, Spring). Understanding sibling grief in children and adolescents. Thanatos, pp. 19–21.

Beauchamp X, & Childress J. (1994). Principles ofbiomedical ethics (4th ed.). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Becvar, D. S. (2001). In the presence of grief: Helping family members resolve death, dying and bereavement issues. New York: Guilford Press.

Becvar, D., & Becvar, R. (2003). Family therapy: A systemic integration (5th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Bernstein, J. (1997). When the bough breaks: Forever after the death of a son or daughter. Kansas City, MO: Andrews & McKeel.

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