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Cartwright, Peter . (2019) How helpful is counselling for people bereaved through a substance-related death? Bereavement Care, 38 (1) 23-32. https://doi.org/10.1080/02682621.2019.1587869

URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/WMzI7kPtb8jDbbq...

Background: The research investigated how helpful counselling was for people who self-identify as being bereaved through a substance-related death. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twenty bereaved participants. Interview data underwent a thematic analysis using Iterative Categorisation (Neale, 2016). Findings and conclusions: Participants’ needs were many, varied and changed over time. They used many types of support to meet these needs. Both one-to-one and group counselling were helpful and each was used to meet different needs. Significant needs regarding the substance-related characteristics of these bereavements were often not recognised by participants and seemingly also their counsellors, so were not worked through. Unhelpful experiences of counselling occurred through poor practice and a lack of specialist knowledge about these bereavements. Recommendations: Nine are given to improve the helpfulness of counselling for these bereaved people, including recognising and working with the substance-related characteristics of bereavements or referring clients to other services for these.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Date:May 2019
Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Counselling
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family structure > Family support
L Social psychology and related concepts > Life event > Change or event related to family or friend > Death of family member or close friend
T Demographic characteristics > Counsellor / Therapist

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