Counseling interventions are a proven and powerful way to help individuals with HIV cope with the enormous changes in their lives wrought by the disease. Proposing an innovative conceptual model for HIV clinical work, this well-organized and comprehensive guide provides a framework for assessing clients' psychosocial concerns and implementing interventions to facilitate adjustment; reviews medical and neurocognitive aspects of HIV disease progression; explores the psychotherapeutic context of HIV clinical work; and addresses risk reduction and prevention. Author Mary Ann Hoffman facilitates assessment with a conceptual model delineating the psychosocial characteristics of HIV disease and the unique life situation of people with HIV, and emphasizing the need to discuss difficult issues such as sexuality, sexual practices, and drug use. Next, interventions to enhance adaptation and alleviate emotional distress are introduced, covering broad areas including emotional reactions and coping; changes in life roles, including employment; risk-reduction; spirituality; and death and dying. The book also examines the unique psychotherapeutic context of HIV clinical work, citing the need to rethink the typical goals and desired outcomes of therapy, and explores perspectives on prevention from both the individual and community standpoint. An exhaustive synthesis of clinical material and empirical date, Counseling Clients with HIV Disease is essential reading for mental health professionals, including counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses.
"Likely to become one of the premier sourcebooks for training health care professionals providing mental health care and counseling to HIV-infected individuals, Mary Ann Hoffman's Counseling Clients with HIV Disease is one of the most comprehensive, integrated and empathic books on the psychosocial aspects of HIV infection available today. Dr. Hoffman has truly synthesized over a decade of empirical research and clinical experience in the context of a well-conceived and practical model for counseling persons with this unique, chronic, but manageable disease. The use of multiple case histories, reflecting Dr. Hoffman's years of experience in the field, folded into all of the assessment and intervention sections of this work provides a vibrant pulse that propels a huge amount of clinical research findings into the everyday reality of professionals who struggle with this challenging disease. In sum, Hoffman has produced both a scholarly volume and a "hands on" tutorial that will be widely used by academicians in their teaching and research endeavors as well as by psychiatrists, health psychologists, nurses, social workers and anyone dealing directly with the health care needs of people with HIV." --Michael Antoni, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Co-Director of Program in Behavioral Management of HIV Infection and Program in Biopsychosocial Training in Immunology and AIDS, University of Miami "This book is an invaluable resource of information about the HIV/AIDS disease and suggestions for therapists about how to deal with people with HIV/AIDS. "Dr. Hoffman presents a thorough, compassionate, scholarly, and readable text for psychotherapists on how to assess, treat, and prevent HIV/AIDS. "This book is a must-read for all therapists who now work with or ever will work with clients who have HIV/AIDS. "Dr. Hoffman presents excellent clinical examples of the experiences of people with HIV/AIDS and of how therapists have to change their typical therapeutic styles to work with clients who have HIV/AIDS. "Dr. Hoffman forces us to examine our feelings about HIV/AIDS and death so that we can be more helpful to our clients." --Clara E. Hill, Ph.D., University of Maryland "This book is a comprehensive and organized compilation of existing research and theory on psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS written for, and accessible to, the front line providers of human services during this epidemic. Unique amidst a rapidly growing proliferation of books for human service providers on HIV/AIDS, this book integrates social science scholarship into a practice-oriented text filled with excellent case examples. A book that has such impressive scope and scholarly underpinnings while simultaneously being immediately useful to those doing important work in the HIV trenches' is rare." --James M. Croteau, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University "[This book] provides information about both the medical and the mental health needs of people with HIV and it also describes interventions that reduce the risk of acquiring HIV....[The authors] successfully combine these topics into a concise handbook that is suitable for students, trainees, and practitioners of all stripes." --Mark H. Townsend, MD, Psychiatric Services..".an extensive, wide-ranging synthesis of clinical information and empirical data. Counseling Clients with HIV Disease should be very useful for psychologists, counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, and other professionals providing mental health services to persons with HIV." --J. Gary Linn, Disability Studies Quarterly "Of particular value is Hoffman's conceptual framework for helping people with HIV disease... Clinical and empirical research is integrated and presented through case examples and counseling interventions." --Barbara Dane, School of Social Work, NYU. National Association of Social Workers, 1997. "Selected by Doody's Rating Service as one of the Best Health Sciences Book of 1996" "The author provides a well focused look at the clinical issues that may present to the practicing therapist when working with a client/patient infected with HIV....Clinically useful to the practicing therapist as well as scholarly in its presentation." --"Science Books and Films" "An excellent resource for mental health professionals and health care practitioners who work with HIV clients."--"Readings"