This updated second edition of Working with Loss and Grief provides a model for practitioners working with those who are grieving a significant life loss. Making clear connections between theory and practice, the 'Range of Response to Loss' model provides a theoretical 'compass' for recognising the wide variability in reaction to loss and the 'Adult Attitude to Grief' scale is a tool for 'mapping' individual grief and its change over time, providing an individual grief profile. Together these offer a framework for practitioners to:
-listen to stories of grief told by clients
-identify common patterns in grief
-recognize individual difference in grief response
-prompt therapeutic dialogue
-guide therapeutic focus and
This edition includes: a new chapter on 'The RRL Model and a Pluralistic Approach to Counselling' ; two new case studies; additional content on vulnerability; new grief assessment tools and systems, and the latest research.
Dr Linda Machin is Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University, having been a Lecturer in Social Work and Counselling at Keele. She established a counselling service for the bereaved in North Staffordshire and continues to work as a researcher and freelance trainer.
Introduction:Exploring the Landscape of LossEstablishing Theoretical BearingsExploring Therapeutic Perspectives A Model for Understanding Grief - a Compass and a Map Exploring the Individual Territory of Loss - Mapping Grief The RRL Model and a Pluralistic Approach to Counselling Listening to Personal Grief NarrativesEngaging with the Grief Narrative - Focus on VulnerabilityEngaging with the Grief Narrative - Focus on Resilience Practitioner Perspectives - Maps, Journeys and Destinations