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(p. 779) Treating Chronic Physical Illness 

(p. 779) Treating Chronic Physical Illness
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(p. 779) Treating Chronic Physical Illness
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Katherine S. Spencer

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190272166.003.0072
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date: 18 November 2017

Psychological treatment for individuals and families with chronic physical illness is known to improve overall healthcare outcomes and is an important area of niche practice for mental health professionals. With the appropriate training, mental health practitioners can offer these much-needed services in a range of practice settings. The author, who works in a private practice and in hospitals, describes her journey into this niche area of practice. She covers the challenging yet gratifying work in this area and discusses the business of developing skills and a practice in this area. Resources are provided to facilitate this process for other mental health professionals.

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