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by Jackson Rainer & Johnathan Martin
by Jackson Rainer & Johnathan Martin

Isolated and Alone: Therapeutic Interventions for Loneliness

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• 2012  112pp paperback    ISBN: 9781568871431
• A Practitioner's Resource Series Title

Loneliness is among the most common and challenging client problems presented in clinical settings.  Loneliness is often a factor in many other disorders, including depression, one of the most frequently diagnosed conditions in the US. Contemporary research reflects the impact of loneliness and its various forms on social, cognitive, behavioral, physical, and spiritual domains, identifying the experience as a common predictive and mediating factor of other mental and physical disorders.  Nonetheless, clients and practitioners often struggle to identify the significance of loneliness during initial interviews and subsequent sessions.

The authors provide mental health practitioners with a framework for understanding loneliness and relevant sequelae.  They approach the subject from multiple perspectives, including psychoanalytic, humanistic, existential, cognitive, and behavioral systems and solution-focused theories.  Definitions, measures, and relevant case studies are provided to better equip clinicians to identify, assess, and treat loneliness in children, adolescents, and adults.

“An excellent primer on loneliness, this book by Rainer and Martin offers a refreshing summary of research, clinical experience, theory, and therapeutic suggestions for mental health professionals.  The authors describe the relationship of loneliness with other mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, and with quality of life, general health, financial status, LGBT status, and social media, among many.  Specific interventions and case examples are plentiful."
     -Leon VandeCreek, PhD, Professor, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, Dayton OH

“The book, Isolated and Alone: Therapeutic Interventions for Loneliness, is impressive in the breadth of knowledge presented.   The authors provide important detail of research and clinical theory in a readable, user-friendly manner.”
     -Pauline Rose Clance, PhD, ABPP
“The authors have provided a book that meets a missing component in the clinical literature. . . .   After the reader has a firm grasp of the nature of loneliness and the ramifications in treatment, then research based interventions are provided which give the therapist many more tools for helping patients deal with issues related to loneliness. . . .   I would highly recommend this book to therapists who work with all ages and all disability groups.”
     -Frieda Farfour Brown, PhD, Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Gardner-Webb University; author of Crisis Counseling and Therapy

"Perhaps no issue is least discussed and is most important than a client's sense of loneliness.  This book helps practicing clinicians to understand how to recognize the impact of loneliness may have on their clients and provides useful tools for overcoming this problem area.  If you want help your clients to be less lonely, read this book!"
     -Steven Walfish, PhD, The Practice Institute

Table of Contents
Loneliness as a psychotherapy issue
        What is Loneliness?                                                                                                                       
        Who is Lonely?                                                                                                     
        Impact of Social Technology and Social Media                                                    
        Privacy and Loneliness                                                                                         
A brief history on the construct of loneliness                        
        Psychoanalytic Theory
        Humanistic Phenomenology
        Existential Philosophy
        Cognitive Processing
        Behavior Therapy
        Systems Perspectives
        Brief and Solution-Focused Models
Loneliness, lifestyle, AND mental healtH
        Loneliness and Depression
        Family History and Loneliness
        Peerage and Loneliness in Children and Adolescents
        Romantic Relationships
        LGBT Experience
        Financial Status
Predicting loneliness
        Shyness, Loneliness, and Depression
        Psychological Drift
Loneliness and pathways to disease
Tests and measures
Psychotherapy considerations, trajectories, and interventions
        JoHari Window
        A Working Definition of Psychotherapy and General Treatment Hypotheses
        A Case Study:  The Rugged Individual Rides Again
        The Experience of Loneliness
        Loneliness and Isolation
        Reframing Isolation Into Solitude
        A Case Study:  Water, Water Everywhere
        Solitude and Healing
        Loneliness, Spiritual Well-Being, and Narratives on the Quality of Life
        Meaning and Meaning-Making
        A Narrative Protocol
        Listening for the Metaphor
        A Case Study:  A Cupcake Destroyed Me
        Autobiographical Reasoning
        Cognitive Interventions
        Increasing Coping Strategies
        Social Skills Deficits
        Mastery of Personal Craft
        Satisfying Time Alone
        The Yin and Yang of Experience
        Meditation and Mindfulness
        Help Seeking and Social Skills
        Change in Relational Contexts
        Social Competence
        Access and Development of Confidant
Integrative approaches
        Conclusions: Renewal and Aloneness as a Healing Experience

CE Program
A supplemental 3-credit, 30 question continuing education program is available for this bookTo order the complete program (this book and the CE test module, or test module alone if you already have access to this book), go to: Isolated and Alone: Therapeutic Interventions for Loneliness - CE Program (3 Credits)

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About the Authors
Jackson Rainer, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical psychologist who completed his doctorate in counseling psychology in 1986.  He is nationally known and respected as a psychotherapist, teacher, and supervisor.  In urban and rural settings, he has directed community mental health institutions and agencies, practiced psychotherapy with children, adults, couples, and families, and taught in universities and professional settings for a practice life that spans more than 25 years.  His hybrid of professional service is now consolidated into a national consulting practice for psychotherapy and supervision.  Dr. Rainer serves as Department Chair of Psychology and Counseling at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia.  He is a former chair of the Publication Board for Division 29, Psychotherapy, of the American Psychological Association, and is on the editorial and publication boards of seven psychology journals.  He specializes in work surrounding the crisis of loss due to catastrophic, chronic, and terminal illness.

Johnathan Martin, EdS, is an emerging psychologist, currently in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Georgia Southern University.  Over the past 5 years, Mr. Martin has enjoyed opportunities to work with children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and group settings.  The breadth of his experience spans inpatient, community mental health, independent practice, and college venues located in rural settings of western North Carolina and southern Georgia.  Now entering into his fourth year of teaching as an Adjunct Professor, Mr. Martin is the recent recipient of the 2011-2012 Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies Excellence in Instruction award for Georgia Southern University.

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