Making Sense of Brain Tumour: A practical guide for therapists
Written by Ea Stewart and Tamara Ownsworth
This therapist manual is suitable for use with adults with primary brain tumour, including benign, low-grade glioma and high-grade glioma subtypes. The manual provides detailed information on techniques for assisting people with brain tumours covering psycho-education, psychological needs and neuropsychological rehabilitation. It uses empirically established techniques including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy
The MSoBT programme is comprised of both core and modularised components, with the latter tailored to people’s goals and life situation.Using the manual, therapists are supported to tailor the therapy program and to support family members through couple and/or family support sessions. The therapist manual contains the following sections:
A combination of individual and couple/family therapy sessions may be conducted to provide separate time, as well as time together with the therapist to develop a shared perspective and strategies for managing the effects of brain tumour. Common goals may include:
The therapist manual does not draw upon one particular therapeutic orientation, but rather a combination of approaches that are considered the best fit for individual clients based on their presenting issues and background. This integration of techniques reflects the person-centred and goal-directed approach the authors believe is both effective for and valued by people with brain tumour and their family members.