Helping Couples and Families Navigate Illness and Disability

An Integrated Approach

John S. Rolland

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April 20, 2018
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434 Pages
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Couples and families face daunting challenges as they cope with serious illness and disability. This book gives clinicians a roadmap for helping affected individuals and their loved ones live well with a wide range of child, adult, and later-life conditions. John S. Rolland describes ways to intervene with emerging challenges over the course of long-term or life-threatening disorders. Using vivid case examples, he illustrates how clinicians can help families harness their strengths for positive adaptation and relational growth. Rolland's integrated systemic approach is useful for preventive screening, consultations, brief counseling, more intensive therapy, and multifamily groups, across health care settings and disciplines. This book significantly advances the clinical utility of Rolland’s earlier landmark volume, Families, Illness, and Disability.

“Rolland understands fully that illness and disability are experiences located not only in an individual but in couples and families as well. This extremely helpful book provides a conceptual framework that can be used to support and treat people facing a range of health conditions, including newer concerns in the realm of genetics and neurocognitive disorders. Rolland’s descriptions of how illness can skew a couple’s relationship, and how to work to rebalance that relationship, are invaluable. Want to learn how developmental issues, family history, illness beliefs, and communication styles can be used to promote resilience for the patient and family in the face of a serious health challenge or disability? Read this book! I will assign it in my classes for our Medical Family Therapy postdoctoral fellows, and for our continuing education program on Integrated Care.”

—Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families and Health, and Director, Institute for the Family, University of Rochester Medical Center


“Rolland takes readers on a compelling journey into the lives of couples and families coping with serious and chronic illness. He grounds his work in the empirical literature and in his extensive clinical experience. I recommend this book for clinical graduate school programs and medical residencies.”

—Cleveland G. Shields, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Purdue Center for Cancer Research, Purdue University


“This book is a treasure. Rolland has put a career's worth of insight, wisdom, craft, and humanity into every chapter. All clinicians who work with couples and families will benefit immensely from reading this important, up-to-date work.”

—William J. Doherty, PhD, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota


“To read this excellent book is to sit beside a master therapist as he thinks, reflects, and practices in a biopsychosocial, systemic way. Rolland writes simply and clearly about the complexities of families coping with a variety of chronic illnesses, reminding us that ‘normative’ encompasses a wide range of emotions, beliefs, and interactions. Building on his earlier work on the unique demands of particular illnesses, Rolland provides practical strategies to engage families and include them as integral members of the healthcare team. Case examples model respectful conversations with patients and their family members during some of the most frightening and vulnerable moments of their lives. Clinicians at all levels of experience will find something useful and immediately applicable.”

—Todd M. Edwards, PhD, LMFT, Professor and Director, Marital and Family Therapy Program, University of San Diego
Table of Contents

I. The Family Systems Illness Model: The Experience of Illness and Disability

1. A Family Psychosocial Map with Chronic Conditions

2. The Psychosocial Typology of Illness

3. The Time Phases of Illness

II. The FSI Model: Working with Couples and Families

4. An Integrative Practice Approach with Couples and Families

5. Facilitating Family Organizational and Communication Processes

6. Understanding Multigenerational Experiences

7. Addressing Life-Cycle Issues with Chronic Conditions

8. Tapping the Power of Family Belief Systems

III. Phase-Related Issues and Specific Populations: Practice Guidelines

9. Helping Families with Anticipatory Loss and Suffering

10. Helping Families in the Terminal Phase

11. Chronic Conditions in Childhood and Adolescence

12. Parental Illness and Later Life Challenges

13. Intimacy Issues for Couples

14. Rebalancing the Couple’s Relationship

15. Individual and Family Challenges in the New Era of Genetics

16. Neurocognitive Impairment: Mastering Challenges over Time

IV. The Clinician’s Experience and Collaborative Practice

17. Personal Themes for Clinicians: The Shared Experience of Illness

18. Collaborative Health Care: Linking Families with Systems of Care

References

Index


About the Author

John S. Rolland, MD, MPH, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also Co-Founder and Executive Co-Director of the Chicago Center for Family Health and director of its Families, Illness, and Collaborative Healthcare Program. Internationally recognized for his integrative conceptual model, clinical work, and research on couple and family psychosocial challenges with serious health conditions, Dr. Rolland is author of the landmark volume Families, Illness, and Disability and coeditor of Individuals, Families, and The New Era of Genetics. He is past president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA); Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; Senior Fellow of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Family Committee; past board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association; and former Fellow of the Yale University Institute for Social and Policy Studies. Dr. Rolland is a recipient of the Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy Award from AFTA and the Blanche F. Ittleson Award from the American Orthopsychiatric Association (now the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice). He is an active speaker and consultant on family-oriented systemic approaches with illness and disability challenges.
Audience

Couple and family therapists and counselors, clinical psychologists, social workers, pastoral counselors, nurses, and psychiatrists.
May serve as a primary or supplemental text for courses on families and health within family therapy, social work, psychology, and nursing programs.