Treatment of Chronic Medical Conditions: Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy Strategies and Integrative Treatment Protocols

Pages: 289
Item #: 4317164
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0389-5
List Price: $39.95
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Copyright: 2009
Format: Hardcover
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As the population ages, physicians are turning to psychotherapists to help the increasing number of patients who are struggling with chronic illnesses. To provide effective and appropriate treatment to these patients requires that clinicians broaden their psychological perspective and augment their intervention strategies and treatment plans specific to chronic medical illness.

Treatment of Chronic Medical Conditions provides clinicians with focused cognitive–behavioral strategies and integrative treatment protocols for 10 of the most common chronic medical conditions that the psychotherapist is likely to encounter. These include

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer
  • cardiac disease
  • chronic pain
  • diabetes
  • epilepsy
  • hypertension
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • lupus

The strategies and protocols tailored for these conditions are illustrated with extensive case studies and session transcriptions that make the treatment process tangible and results oriented. In addition, the book offers guidelines for dealing with such issues as illness denial, non-compliance, symptom reduction, and challenges to life meaning that often stand in the way of patients leading full lives, despite their chronic illnesses.

Table of Contents



I. Treatment of Chronic Medical Conditions

  1. Therapeutic Relationship, Case Conceptualization, and Illness Representation
  2. Assessment and Interventions

II. Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy Strategies

  1. Illness Acceptance Intervention Strategy
  2. Compliance Enhancement
  3. Symptom Reduction
  4. Spirituality and Life Meaning

III. Integrative Treatment Protocols

  1. Arthritis
  2. Asthma
  3. Cancer
  4. Cardiac Disease
  5. Chronic Pain
  6. Diabetes
  7. Epilepsy
  8. Hypertension
  9. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  10. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus



About the Author

Author Bio

Len Sperry, MD, PhD, is professor and coordinator of the doctoral program in counseling at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, and is clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, he is also a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. In addition to being a diplomate in clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, he is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Among his more than 300 publications are 47 professional books, including Spirituality in Clinical Practice: Incorporating the Spiritual Dimension in Psychotherapy and Counseling; Sex, Priestly Ministry and the Church; Transforming Self and Community: Revisioning Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction; Ministry and Community: Recognizing, Healing and Predicting Ministry Impairment; and Psychological Treatment of Chronic Illness: The Biopsychosocial Therapy Approach. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Best Doctors in America, and Guide to America's Top Physicians and is a recipient of two lifetime achievement awards, including the Harry Levinson Award from the American Psychological Association. He has served on editorial boards for several journals, including Counseling and Values, the Journal of Family Psychology®, The Family Journal, the American Journal of Family Therapy, the Journal of Individual Psychology, Depression and Stress, the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development, and the Journal of Pastoral Counseling.