Counseling Persons with Parkinson's Disease

ISBN : 9780190672928

Allan Hugh, Jr. Cole, Jr.
272 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
May 2021
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What is it like to live with a chronic illness? How can counselors support those living with one? Allan Hugh Cole Jr. offers answers to these two questions and so many more in Counseling Persons with Parkinson's Disease. In ten succinct chapters, Cole offers a glimpse into life with Parkinson's and presents an insightful approach to counseling someone living with a chronic illness. Cole was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2016, and-though it hardly happened overnight-he has since discovered a new passion and drive for life. A teacher of social workers and counselors for many years, Cole has unique insight into chronic illness and the care required to help someone diagnosed with one. He delves into the importance of accepting a chronic illness and how this can create an opportunity for personal transformation, newfound meaning, and rejuvenated purpose. In addition to emphasizing the importance of self-reflection, he also offers evidence-based approaches to counseling. Cole's approaches to counseling draw on task-centered social work practice. Throughout the book, he engages with five purposeful actions tied to principles of constructivism, Aristotelian thought, American pragmatism, and theories of interpretation (hermeneutics). At once informative, realistic, humorous, and hopeful, this is a thoughtful guide for clinicians who give counsel, educators who teach counseling, people supporting someone else, and anyone living with a chronic illness.


Foreword by Robert J. Wicks
Chapter 1: Beginning
Chapter 2: Parkinson's Disease: The Basics
Chapter 3: Worrying
Chapter 4: Living with an Illness Called Parkinson's
Chapter 5: Seeing
Chapter 6: Illness, Transformation, and Resilience
Chapter 7: Hiding
Chapter 8: Counseling Persons with Parkinson's: Phase One
Chapter 9: Opening
Chapter 10: Counseling Persons with Parkinson's: Phases Two and Three

About the author: 

Allan Hugh Cole Jr. is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also, by courtesy, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Dell Medical School at UT. Cole serves on the Board of Directors at Power for Parkinson's, moderates PD Wise, serves as a community advocate for ParkinsonsDisease.net, and is a guest contributor for the Michael J. Fox Foundation's Team Fox Blog. He is the author or editor of ten books, and he has written and published many chapters, articles, and reviews in volumes and journals related to social work, counseling, spirituality, and the psychology of religion. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Spirituality and Religion in Social Work: Social Thought.

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