Coping Skills Therapy for Managing Chronic and Terminal Illness

Coping Skills Therapy for Managing Chronic and Terminal Illness

Coping Skills Therapy for Managing Chronic and Terminal Illness

Coping Skills Therapy for Managing Chronic and Terminal Illness


"This practical, hands-on book offers a broad range of skills to overcome the problems medical clients face with disease onset. The author expands his Cognitive Coping Therapy (CCT) model of care into the medical arena, and identifies 3 distinct phases in the treatment protocol: Crisis, Consolidation, and Normalization. Each phase constitutes a distinctive set of tasks and each task a set of coping skills. This book details how to implement these skills, with sample case illustrations throughout. Special attention is given to specific illness trajectories and their stresses." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


This book rests on the basic premise that people feel good about themselves, function well in the world, and have fewer interpersonal and intrapersonal problems when they know how to cope. Coping requires skills, which provide an “organized response to a situation with the purpose of attaining a goal or resolving a problem” (Sharoff, 2002, p. 2). Coping skills reduce the burden that stressful life events impose on people (Snyder and Dinoff, 1999). They allow people to combat whatever stressor is affecting them on even terms and not be overwhelmed by it.

With disease onset, a repertoire of skills must be in place to manage the disjuncture from the old way of living, the diminution of life satisfaction, the intimidation of discomfort and pain, the specter of disability and death, and the adulteration of identity. Abilities need to be in place to cope with the upsurge in stress that threatens mental stability. Chronic or terminally ill patients may falter if those coping skills are not in place.

The biggest problem for medical patients is that normal living has not prepared them for the multiple demands imposed by disease and treatment. They have to face unique situations, problems for which they have no prior training or talents. They have not had the time nor background to face the many challenges put before them by an infirm, crippled, or dying body.

The purpose of this book is to provide a broad range of skills to face the hurdles medical patients must overcome in order to avoid dissolution. This book is about how to cope with conditions no one wants but must deal with and provide the tools: cognitive, emotional, perceptual, physical, and behavioral abilities. This book will demonstrate to chronic and terminally ill patients how to get what they need, by revealing how to succeed. (Throughout the book the term “medical patient” is used for either a chronic or terminally ill patient.)

Sharoff (2004) has written a companion book for this text entitled, Coping Skills Manual for Treating Chronic and Terminal Illness. (This text . . .

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