On Counselling the Physically Disabled

  • J. W. Vargo


It has long been recognized that people who become physically disabled typically experience certain sequential stages (denial, hostility, depression) before achieving a measure of psychological adjustment to the disability. These stages are discussed in terms of their dynamics and the counselling goals and strategies appropriate to each. To help a client overcome the handicapping effects of physical disability, a counsellor should have a rudimentary knowledge of the behavioural manifestations of the medical condition, and be skillful at implementing counselling strategies which are compatible with the intra and interpersonal dynamics characteristic of each stage.
How to Cite
Vargo, J. W. (2012). On Counselling the Physically Disabled. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 13(1). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/60211
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