This book provides readers with a compelling case for the inclusion of contextual therapy in comprehensive healthcare settings by presenting its applications to individual and family health across the lifespan. Part I gives an overview of contextual therapy, including case conceptualization, assessment, intervention, and supervision. Part II provides specific recommendations for incorporating contextual therapy in diverse and multidisciplinary settings. Case studies illustrate how concepts such as justice, loyalty, and balanced giving and receiving influence families' adjustment to chronic illnesses and mental health disorders. Accounting for the trend toward increased collaboration between providers in traditional mental health and medical settings, this book will empower clinicians to expand their current range of assessment methods, intervention techniques, and supervision experiences
Alexandra E. Schmidt, PhD, LMFT, serves as an integrated behavioral health advisor at Rocky Mountain Health Plans. She uses her systemic training and clinical experience to coach healthcare teams in developing and implementing strategies to support team-based, comprehensive primary care. D. Scott Sibley, PhD, LMFT, CFLE is an assistant professor in human development and family sciences at Northern Illinois University. He researches commitment in couple relationships and romantic relationship formation and operates a small private practice.
Part One: An Orientation to Contextual Theory and Skills 1. The Theory Behind the Practice 2. Intertwining Individuality and Relatedness 3. Capturing the Human Experience: The Role of Assessment 4. Contextual Supervision: Helping Clinicians Find Balance Part Two: Health-Related Applications of Contextual Therapy 5. Tailoring the Contextual Framework for Healthcare 6. The Crisis is Real: Demands of Acute Conditions 7. It Never Ends: Chronic Disease Challenges 8. Tangled Minds: Contextual Perspectives on Mental Health 9. Seeking Healing at the End of Life Epilogue