Forthcoming titles in 2019

Mental health in crisis. Dr Joel Vos, Dr Ron Robert, Dr James Davie. SAGE Swift.

The Economics of meaning in life: the rise and fall of the Capitalist Life Syndrome. Palgrave McMillan.

Meaning in life: an evidence-based handbook for practitioners (2018)covermilhandbook

Divided in to three parts, Part 1 draws on empirical research to demonstrate the effectiveness of meaning-oriented practice. Part 2 draws on the work of therapists across a number of approaches to explore the basic skills to working with meaning in life, including how a practitioner can assess whether their client needs to address issues of meaning in life; practitioner responsiveness to client issues and structuring a session. Part 3 goes on to provide a 7 step guide to applying the skills to clinical practice, with the support of clinical examples. Case studies from a range of professions run throughout the book and Parts 1 and 2 include ‘implications for practice’ boxes that connect theory to practice.

Fifty pictures of living a meaningful: art, cartoons, reflections & exercises (2017)

50picscoverHow can people live a meaningful life? Most likely, you are already doing it. You do not need to make up an abstract theory and use obscure words like an academic in an ivory tower. Meaning is about you, for you, by you. Here and now, Look around you and you will see it. This book shows 50 pictures about where you could see meaning in life. This is the first art book ever published on meaning in life: one picture can say more than a library full of books. These 50 pictures are accompanied by brief explanations, questions and exercises for reflection. This book makes this often serious complex topic easy, visible and humorous. Be prepared for laughter and tears. This book is for individuals who are just curious to learn more about meaning, searchers for meaning, therapists, researchers, priests, philosophers, life coaches,…

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Opening the psychological black box in genetic counselling (2011)

openingpsychblack coverWomen from families in which many individuals have developed breast and/or ovarian cancer may request for DNA-testing. A DNA-test result may disclose their own risks to develop cancer (again), their relatives’ risks and subsequent options for medical surveillance. This thesis describes several multicenter studies in the Netherlands about the psychological and medical impact of DNA-testing on the lives of these women and their relatives. Despite their accurate understanding of the global meaning of DNA-test result, many participants interpreted the result differently from what the genetic-counselor had actually communicated. Like in a children’s whisper game, their relatives also misinterpreted the information communicated by the first messenger. The messengers’ misinterpretation was not only related to their inaccurate thoughts about heredity and cancer in general, but also to their feelings, and especially to their unfulfilled need for certainty, sense of self and unresolved existential issues. The presence of misinterpretations predicted the extent of the counselees’ distress and the medical decisions after DNA-test result disclosure. The study results are described in their historical and theoretical context, followed by practical clinical suggestions for genetic-counselors and psychologists. For instance, we suggest that genetic-counselor try to avoid the communication of ambiguous DNA-test results that do not have medical consequences.

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