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Author Grey, Robin
Title Bereavement, Loss and Learning Disabilities : A Guide for Professionals and Carers
Imprint London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010
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Note Intro -- Bereavement,Lossand Learning DisabilitiesA Guide for Professionals and Carers -- 1 Introduction and Overview -- The purpose of this book -- Terminology -- Facts and figures -- Relevant UK legislation and policy -- Context of the work -- The focus of different practitioners -- Routine as safety -- Is talking therapy the appropriate treatment? -- Problems that may be faced -- Associated losses -- Physical sensations -- Psychic or spirit sensations -- Collective grief -- Witnessing other people's illness -- Conclusion -- 2 How Bereavement and Loss can be Different in Learning Disabilities -- Why the experience of bereavement might be different for someone with a learning disability -- Self-blame -- Not knowing when grieving 'stops' following bereavement -- 3 Stages of Loss -- Introduction -- Shock -- Denial -- Bargaining -- Searching -- Anxiety -- Anger -- Guilt -- Depression -- Grief and mourning -- Acceptance -- How we can help this process -- 4 Assessment -- Introduction -- Background to risk -- Care plans -- Managing greater risks posed to the individual -- Relevance to bereavement and loss -- Depression -- Anger -- Physical manifestations of grief -- Self-esteem -- Assessment of behaviours that may be seen as attention seeking -- Factors to consider when assessing for any therapeutic work -- History of attachments -- Factors to consider in grief work -- Unresolved grief -- 5 Developing Understanding around Bereavement and Loss -- Context of the work -- Practical considerations -- Blocks to understanding -- Building on previous understanding -- Autism and understanding of bereavement and loss -- Developing an understanding of illness -- Developing an understanding of what death is -- Breaking news of sudden illness or death in residential settings -- Reading social cues -- Different attachments in residential care
Difficulty in locating the body -- Explaining change to people with learning disabilities -- Health education and awareness -- Specific illness -- Impact of a death within a shared supported house -- Avoiding euphemisms -- Thinking about funerals and attending funerals -- Finding it hard to move on from worry -- Growing older -- 6 Therapeutic Tasks -- Introduction -- Types of referrals -- Establishing a good therapeutic relationship -- Consent -- Contract -- Confidentiality -- Boundary setting -- Environment and room setting -- Goal setting -- Tasks of counselling -- Endings -- 7 Working with Families -- Introduction -- Life cycle issues -- Beliefs and customs -- Loss felt by parents -- Loss of being parents -- Issues for older parents -- Preparing for the future -- Being honest about health needs -- Managing the effects of moving home -- Managing when parents become ill or hospitalized -- Dealing with structural change -- 8 The Carer's Role in Bereavement -- Introduction -- Knowing someone's history -- Who is a carer? -- Staff training needs -- Supporting a client who is facing a bereavement -- Systemic implications of a loss -- The role of carers -- National S ervice Framework for M ental Health and the Carers Act -- Caring for someone with learning disabilities -- Long-term foster placements -- Supporting people in residential care facing loss and bereavement -- End of an adult fostering relationship -- 9 Working with Clients who have Additional Communication Needs -- Language and meaning -- Identifying non-verbal change -- Behavioural changes -- Echolalia -- Involving speech and language therapy -- Makaton® -- Using Makaton to communicate emotions around loss and bereavement -- Talking Mats® -- Hearing loss -- Sight loss -- Creative therapies -- Dementia and learning disabilities -- 10 Role of Supervision -- Introduction
Why supervision work in learning disabilities is essential -- Establishing the contract -- Functions of supervision -- Issues that often present in learning disabilities supervision -- Difficulties in obtaining appropriate supervision around bereavement and loss -- Encouraging self-reflection -- Working with trainees -- Supervising trainee counsellors -- Supervising residential staff -- Supervising day care staff -- 'Death and loss' for trainees -- 11 Working with Terminal Illnesses -- Introduction -- Why terminal illness is a difficult area -- Delays in diagnosis -- Assumptions made by others -- National Strategy for End of Life Care 2008 -- The concept of death -- Knowledge of what a terminal illness is -- Maintaining identity -- Specific issues for adults with learning disabilities facing end of life illness -- Explaining a terminal diagnosis -- Palliative care -- Health education -- Supporting people with learning disabilities who have terminally ill relatives and friends -- 12 Remembering and Anniversaries -- Introduction -- Functions of remembering -- Recalling the past -- Recognizing attachments -- Problems with remembering -- When remembering is not helpful -- Managing unpleasant memories -- Unwelcome reminding -- Loss felt by a centre or home -- Continuity -- Problems with anniversaries -- Doubts about memory and relationships -- Creating a focus -- Unresolved grief appearing some time after a loss -- Seasons and festivals -- Voices, accents, smells and sounds -- Dementia -- Managing change -- When to end mourning and remembering -- REFERENCES -- USEFUL ORGANIZATIONS AND RESOURCES -- INDEX
Losing a loved one and coping with the subsequent adjustments that follow are a difficult fact of life, but people with learning disabilities face specific difficulties in processing and managing these changes. This book acknowledges the importance of helping relationships in supporting this vulnerable group through periods of loss and bereavement
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Grey, Robin Bereavement, Loss and Learning Disabilities : A Guide for Professionals and Carers London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers,c2010 9781849050203
Subject Bereavement.;People with mental disabilities -- Psychology.;People with mental disabilities -- Means of communication
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