Learn how family caregivers of people with dementia can be supported by psychotherapy
This handbook addresses the extremely challenging situation that family caregivers of people with dementia face and is informed by the use of evidence-based psychotherapeutic strategies to support them.
The book guides readers step-by step through effective therapeutic strategies, mainly based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, and illustrated with excerpts of dialogs between therapists and family caregivers from real sessions. Different modules address topics such as dealing with challenging behavior, self-care, perfectionism and guilt, as well as changes in the relationship with the ill person, barriers to seeking social and professional support, stress management and emotion regulation, accepting one’s own limits, and dealing with institutionalization. These modules can be put together to meet different individuals’ needs. Particular emphasis is placed on creating a positive therapeutic alliance and helping caregivers develop the motivation for change. Finally, multiple handouts that can be used in clinical practice are available for download.
The intervention is suitable for various settings, including face-to-face therapy or remote forms such as telephone or online therapy. This manual is ideal for clinical psychologists, gerontologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, and social workers working with people with dementia and their families.
Praise for the book
“This much-needed volume is destined to be a classic in the field. The therapeutic guidelines have support from both clinical observation and empirical testing and are invaluable for any therapist working with caregivers.”
Marvin R. Goldfried, PhD, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
“Nothing is more stressful and painful than gradually losing someone you love to dementia. This precious book provides incredibly useful practical advice that will help family caregivers weather the invariable storms and doubts. It has my highest endorsement - I have given my wife a copy so that she will be best prepared to deal with me.”
Allen Frances, Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC