Helping Cancer Patients Cope: A Problem-Solving Approach
Good problem-solving skills are what allow people to flourish and succeed in coping with major life challenges such as cancer. These skills are also the hallmarks of optimism, courage, and self-confidence. Working with cancer patients for over 20 years, Nezu and his co-authors have crafted a time-limited program to teach patients problem-solving skills. This model has been empirically shown to relieve suffering and aid cancer patients in constructing effective plans for dealing with the physical, financial, social, and spiritual challenges of cancer.
The volume outlines a 10-session program that can be adapted to group, family, and individual settings. Throughout, the authors provide numerous case examples, transcripts from sessions, and sample introductions that show how to teach specific skills, such as problem formulation, decision making, and solution implementation. Also included are homework assignments and handouts that will help patients integrate their problem-solving skills beyond therapy. This model helps to diminish patients' sense of helplessness and despair and instills a sense of control and hope.
This book will be a helpful adjunct to ongoing treatment groups or in individual therapy for psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse specialists, counselors, and social workers.