Psychotherapy with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons: A Systemic Model

Psychotherapy with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons: A Systemic Model

Psychotherapy with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons: A Systemic Model

Psychotherapy with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons: A Systemic Model

Synopsis

In this expanded and thoroughly updated second edition, Michael A. Harvey elaborates his pioneering biopsychosocial model of the effective assessment and treatment of deaf and hard-of-hearing clients in individual and family therapy. Taking a broad ecological perspective, he examines the influences of larger networks on the individual and vice versa, and illuminates the overt and covert conflicts among family members, school and vocational rehabilitation personnel, and friends that often exacerbate problems. The spiritual issues relevant to those who have experienced any kind of loss receive special attention in the new edition, as do the daily hurtful exchanges in the lives of the deaf he sums up as "ordinary evil." Throughout the reader-friendly text, theoretical description is balanced with practical advice; points are vividly illustrated with extended verbatim transcripts from actual therapy sessions and with exchanges in the author's question-and-answer column in the journal, Hearing Loss: Self-Help for the Hard of Hearing. Psychotherapy With Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Persons, Second Edition, is essential reading for all mental health professionals who see even occasional clients whose lives have been affected by hearing loss in themselves or in family members.

Excerpt

It is a pleasure and honor to author the second edition of Psychotherapy With Deaf and Hard' of-Hearing Persons: A Systemic Model. This edition reflects the feedback I have received since the text was initially published in 1989. For example, although I was thrilled to learn that the text is used in many university counseling courses, I also learned that many professors advise students to read chapter 1, A Systemic Model, either last or not at all. “It has a lot of information in it, but it's laborious reading, ” they warn. Accordingly, this chapter received a major face lift. Chapter 1 begins with my recollection of receiving a telephone call from a hearing mother who was anxious about her deaf adolescent getting her license. The story quickly unfolds to encompass covert and overt conflicts among family members, school personnel, professional systems, and so forth. At various points in the story, a systemic framework is introduced to makes sense out of the overlapping scenarios and to elucidate the rationale for interventions. Rather than overwhelm the reader who has minimal familiarity with systems theory, some of the technical terminology was taken out from this chapter and from the entire text. This more “user-friendly” presentation makes for easier reading.

Many readers suggested that a spiritual level be added to the biopsychosocial hierarchical analysis. Admittedly, now at age 50, 1 am more aware of . . .

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