Coping with Physical Loss and Disability: A Workbook, Rick Ritter
  
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   Coping with Physical Loss and Disability: A Workbook - Price: $17.95    

by Rick Ritter, ISBN: 978-1932690187
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This workbook provides more than 50 questions and exercises designed to empower those with physical loss and disability to better understand and accept their ongoing processes of loss and recovery. The exercises in “Coping with Physical Loss and Disability” were distilled from ten years of clinical social work experience with clients suffering from quadriplegia, paraplegia, amputation, cancer, severe burns, HIV/AIDs, and neuro-muscular disorders arising from accidents, injury, and disease. [ Rate Book ]  [ Report Listing ]

Biography :

Rick Ritter, MSW, a disabled veteran and social worker, has worked with more than a hundred clients who have experienced physical loss and disability. His workbook “Coping with Physical Loss and Disability” is a distillation of the very best questions and exercises to draws clients towards re-taking control of their lives. Ritter has competed in international events for disabled athletes.

Book Review :

This book is oriented towards those who have experienced some type of physical loss, whether from a disability, accident, or serious, chronic illnesses and pain. The examples range from people who have suffered knee injuries to quadriplegics, to individuals who have undergone a mastectomy from breast cancer to debilitating illnesses like muscular dystrophy. I would see value for individuals with ANY chronic health condition benefiting enormously from this book.

The author suggests that individuals who use this book consult with at least three people in their lives with whom they can share the results of the exercises, which is very wise. He takes the reader through a series of written exercises and anecdotes through six main chapters. Each of these remains only questions and words on paper until the reader takes these questions, looks into their lives, and then shares them with another.

As a therapist, I will recommend this book to my clients who are struggling with any chronic health issues. I would love to use this workbook with my clients in their therapy as well as suggest that they share the information obtained about themselves with others. The author includes some excellent exercises to help the reader determine what people in their lives might be supportive to this process of recovery from physical loss and/or any chronic health condition.

The appendices include some excellent resources regarding therapeutic techniques and alternatives, suggested reading for coping with loss and disability, films on issues related to physical loss and disability, guidelines for watching films, and a listing of organizations and other resources that can help individuals coping with loss and disability.

(Christina Gonzalez, LMHC for Reader Views)




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