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Cognitive-behavioural Therapies: Research and Applications in Counselling People with Physical Disabilities

  • Elias Mpofu (a1), Kenneth R. Thomas (a2) and Fong Chan (a2)

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The main principles and practices of cognitive-behavioural therapies are briefly outlined and discussed in terms of their relevance to counselling individuals with physical disabilities. The cognitive-behavioural therapies of Beck, Ellis, and Nezu to counselling persons with physical disabilities are specifically presented. A case study involving the application of cognitive-behavioural therapies to counselling a person with severe facial and hand burn injuries is also presented. The view is advanced that although cognitive-behavioural therapies have considerable potential in counselling of persons with physical disabilities, lack of conceptual clarity of some central constructs in cognitive-behavioral therapy is a limitation to practice in rehabilitation settings. The paucity of controlled research studies in this area of study is noted, and suggestions are offered for further research.

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Fong Chan, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 432 N.Murray St., Madison WI 53706, United States of America.

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