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ERIC Number: EJ949260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
Death Competence: An Ethical Imperative
Gamino, Louis A.; Ritter, R. Hal, Jr.
Death Studies, v36 n1 p23-40 2012
The authors argued that death competence, defined as specialized skill in tolerating and managing clients' problems related to dying, death, and bereavement, is a necessary prerequisite for ethical practice in grief counseling. A selected review of the literature tracing the underpinnings of this concept reveals how a robust construct of death competence evolved. Using the vehicle of a case study, the authors analyzed an example of empathic failure resulting from an apparent lack of death competence on the part of a mental health provider to illustrate the importance of this characteristic in delivering clinically effective and ethically sensitive grief counseling. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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