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Kourkoutas, E. Langher, V. Vitalaki, E. Ricci, M.E. (2015). Working with Parents to Support Their Disabled Children’s Social and School Inclusion: An Exploratory Counseling Study. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 14(2):143-157.

(2015). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 14(2):143-157

Working with Parents to Support Their Disabled Children’s Social and School Inclusion: An Exploratory Counseling Study

Elias Kourkoutas, Viviana Langher, Elena Vitalaki and Maria Elisabetta Ricci

This article synthesizes the long-lasting counseling process of a family with a child suffering from a chronic illness. The provided intervention model draws on a series of principles from various theoretical approaches, namely systemic, psychodynamic, and resiliency. Family functioning and support is considered a catalytic parameter in assisting children with disabilities to fully develop their potential. This project is based on a family and child-centered integrative counseling model adopting the nonmedical conception of disability. Through the presentation of a case study of a couple who faced a critical situation in the life of their child, this article briefly describes the way the family dynamics were readdressed through this intervention counseling model. In addition, this work attempts to give a picture of the complex and confusing emotional states parents may go through when dealing with physical and psychological health-threatening situations and present guidelines for integrated counseling models.

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