Counselling Skills for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors

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Open University Press, 2003 - Medical - 121 pages
Counseling is a diverse activity and there is an increasing number of people who find themselves using counseling skills, not least those in the caring professions. There is a great deal of scope in using counseling skills to promote health in the everyday encounters that nurses have with their patients. The emphasis on care in the community and empowerment of patients through consumer involvement means that nurses are engaged in providing support and help to people to change behaviors. Community nurses often find themselves in situations, which require in-depth listening and responding skills: for example, in helping people come to terms with chronic illness, disability and bereavement. Midwives are usually the first port of call for those parents who have experienced miscarriages, bereavements, or are coping with decisions involving the potential for genetic abnormalities. Similarly, health visitors are in a valuable position to provide counseling regarding the immunization and health of the young infant. These practitioners have to cope not only with new and diverse illnesses, for example HIV and AIDS, but also with such policy initiatives as the National Service Framework for Mental Health and their implications. This book examines contemporary developments in nursing and health care in relation to the fundamental philosophy of counseling, the practicalities of counseling and relevant theoretical underpinnings. Whilst the text is predominantly aimed at nurses, midwives and health visitors, it will also be of interest to those professionals allied to medicine, for example physiotherapists, occupational therapists and dieticians.

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About the author (2003)

Dawn Freshwater is Head of Academic Research Centre in Practice (Primary Care and Mental Health), Bournemouth University and West Dorset NHS Trusts. She has been involved in various nationally and internationally funded research projects concerned with practice development and service evaluation, including the implementation of clinical supervision and reflective practice in the prison healthcare service (DoH funded), the nurse-patient relationship (UKCC funded) and the evaluation of the Diana Community Children's Services for children with life limited illness. She is a registered psychotherapist and has a keen interest in the therapeutic use of self in the helping professions. Having worked as a counsellor in General Practice she now maintains a small private counselling and supervision practice. She sits on the board of directors of the International Association for Human Caring. She is an editorial board member of nursing journals and has co-edited and authored a number of publications. She has presented at numerous international conferences and is the recipient of the Distinguished Nurse Researcher award, 2000.

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