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What Psychotherapists Should Know About Disability


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Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview
1. Who Are People with Disabilities?
2. The Minority Model of Disability
3. The Disability Experience: I. Stereotypes and Attitudes
4. The Disability Experience: II. Affect and Everyday Experiences
5. Families with Disabilities
6. Laws and Social History
7. Beginning Treatment
8. Etiquette with Clients with Disabilities
9. Interviews, Assessment, Evaluation, and Diagnosis
10. Dating, Romance, Sexuality, Pregnancy, Birthing, and Genetic Testing
11. Special Issues in Therapy with Clients with Disabilities
12. Assistive Technology and Devices
13. The Personal, the Professional, and the Political
14. Research on Disability: Shifting the Paradigm from Pathology to Policy
15. For Teachers and Supervisors

About the Author

Rhoda Olkin, PhD, is a professor in the clinical psychology program at the California School of Professional Psychology in Alameda, California. She is also on the staff of Through the Looking Glass in Berkeley, California, an agency serving families with disabilities, and the National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities. She has experience in disability from the perspective of an administrator (she founded handicapped services at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the mid-1970s, and is currently the Faculty Advisor to Students with Disabilities at the California School of Professional Psychology), researcher, clinician, teacher, and spouse (of a man with multiple sclerosis), as well as personal experience (she had polio in 1954). Her short stories have been published in literary magazines, and her most recent story on a disability theme appears in Bigger Than the Sky: Disabled Women on Parenting. Her two children can spot ramps and handicapped parking with the best of them.


'A valuable, insider's view of being on the outside....In addition to educating us about the social stigma these clients face, [this book] is full of practical resources and recommendations.' - Networker; 'Simply put, this is the best book on psychotherapy l've read in years. It is only a superb guide to treating clients with disabilites; it is also an eloquent reminder of wha systems-oriented therapy at its most creative can actually be.' - Morris Taggart, PhD, Psychologist and Family Therapist; 'Dr. Olkin is able, because of her own experience with disability and because of her experience through her work with people with disabilitie, to set the story straight and to expose the myths and fallacies that have existed for centuries.' - Disability Studies Quarterly; 'This book is helping me to confront biases, stereotypes, and discomfort that may obstruct my interactions with students, clients, and acquaintances with diabilities. I am confident that it will make me a more effective clinician.' - Derald Wing Sue, Phd, President, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minoriy Issues, Division 45 of the American Psychological Association

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