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Behavioral Treatment Interventions for Clients Coping with Medical Illness
DVD Video
$219.99 USD
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This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on November 14, 2019.
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
11/14/2019 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Determine the psychological challenges for the medically ill and their family caregivers.
  2. Choose psychological/behavioral interventions to address psychological distress and distressing symptoms.
  3. Point out challenges in communication with different disciplines.
  4. Specify the differences between supportive care, palliative care and hospice care.
  5. Utilize mindfulness-based strategies, ACT and CBT tools to decrease symptoms of pain, nausea, fatigue and insomnia.
  6. Assess the psychological, social and behavioral factors that contribute to chronic illness and articulate their treatment implications.
Establishing Whole Person Care
  • Formal assessments to identify physical and emotional stressors
  • How to ask “What do you think is wrong”
  • The client who considers their problem only medical and isn’t open to behavioral interventions
  • Setting a collaborative agenda
  • Addressing quality of life concerns
Psychological Distress in the Medically Ill
  • Distress
    • Manifestations in medical populations
    • Distress screening tools
    • Balance efficiency with depth
    • Identify changing feelings related to disease progression
  • Depression
    • Is it really “expected” after diagnosis of an illness?
    • What to do when symptoms of disease overlap with signs of depression
    • Measuring depression
    • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy interventions
    • Creating balance with ACT
    • Establish an integrated approach
  • Anxiety
    • Forms of anxiety that are particularly prevalent in medical illness
    • Assessment measures
    • Interventions when anxiety threatens tolerance for treatment
    • Specific mindfulness and relaxation therapy exercises and scripts
    • CBT tools to address worry and illness related anxiety
  • Grief
    • Strategies to address: “I’m not the same physically and emotionally …”
    • Tools for releasing negative and obsessive thinking
    • Working with the emotions and turmoil of Anticipatory Grief
Behavioral Interventions for Physical Symptom Management
  • Addressing physical issues
    • Motivational interviewing to help the client process lifestyle changes
    • Self-management skill development
  • Strategies to minimize symptoms
    • Help the client determine the what and how of symptom relief
    • Addressing pain with ACT
    • Exercise recommendations for fatigue
    • Increase the likelihood of adherence
    • CBT for insomnia
    • Mindfulness techniques for nausea
  • The clinicians “tool box” for symptom management
    • Ensure a wide array of options
    • Determine the next step
End of Life Considerations
  • Quality vs. quantity of life
  • Assessing patient preferences
  • The difference between supportive, palliative, and hospice care
  • Managing family disagreements related to treatment options
  • What about family dysfunction
  • Decision to withhold or withdraw care
Communication Issues
  • With clients
    • Client-centered communication
    • Breaking bad new with the SPIKES protocol
  • With healthcare professionals
    • Efficient but effective interprofessional communication with the SBAR method
    • Sharing information without breaking confidentiality
Family Caregivers
  • Challenges
    • Sociodemographic changes & changes in medical care that make caregiving even more challenging
    • Impact of the family caregiving on the caregiver’s health
  • Caregiver psychological issues
    • Prevalence of depression and anxiety in caregivers
    • Relationship with client’s distress
  • Financial toxicity
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks


Teresa L. Deshields, Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She is a Fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and its current Past-President. She was the manager of the Siteman Counseling Service for the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for 20 years. Her clinical practice is devoted to treating cancer patients and survivors and their family members, throughout the cancer continuum – diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, end of life, and grief. Her research is focused on issues related to psychological adjustment and quality of life in cancer patients and survivors.
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