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At San Diego Relationship Counseling, Dr. Barbara Cunningham offers affordable rates and evening hours to busy professionals who are looking to address their impairment from a  systems perspective. Dr. Cunningham is the author of a chapter in an academic textbook edited by Gary W. Lawson and Ann w. Lawson entitled ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN DIVERSE POPULATIONS. The chapter is entitled “A Family Systems Treatment for the Impaired Physician.” Physicians and other people in the helping professions seem to have a high risk of using coping skills that encourage escapism rather than skills that develop the capacity to “bend in” to problems, especially problems interfering with their most important relationships. The books listed below are resources for those people looking to understand the dynamics behind such escapist solutions to the exigencies of life.

Bowen, M. (1978) Family therapy in clinical practice. Northvale, NJ, Jason  Aronson.

Cunningham, B. (2006). A resiliency-based, Bowen family systems approach to treating a sibling survivor of homicide: A case study. Doctoral dissertation, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA.

Ellis, J.J. & Inbody, D.R. (1988). Psychotherapy with physician’s families: When attributes in medical practice become liabilities in family life. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 42, 380-88.

Gabbard, G.O., & Menninger, R. W. (1989). The psychology of postponement in the medical marriage. Journal of the American Medical Association, 261, 2378-2381.

Lawson, A.W., & Lawson, G.W. (1998). Alcoholism and the family: A guide to treatment and prevention. (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: PRO-ED.

Mansky, P.A. (1999). Issues in the recovery of physicians from addictive illnesses. Psychiatric Quarterly, 70, 107-122.

McGovern, M.P. Angres, D. H., & Leon, S. (1998). DIfferential therapeutics and the impaired physician: Patient-treatment matching by specificity and intensity. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 17 (2), 93-107.

Robb, N. (1998). Teaching on addiction issues lacking in medical school, specialists told. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 158, 640-642.

Sotile, W.M., & Sotile, M.O. (2000). The medical marriage: Sustaining healthy relationships for physicians and their families. Chicago: American Medical Association.

Talbott, G.D. (1987). The impaired physician: The role of the spouse in recovery. Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, 76, 190-92.

Talbott, G.D. & Gallegos, K.V. (1990, September). Intervention with health professionals. Addiction and Recovery, pp. 13-16.

Talbott, G.D., & Martin, C.A. (1986, February). Treating impaired physicians: Fourteen keys to success. Virginia Medical, 113, 95-99.

Twerski, A.J. (1982). It happens to doctors, too. Center City, MN: Hazelden.

Vaillant, G.E., Sobowale, N.C., & McArthur, C. (1972). Some psychological vulnerabilities of physicians. New England Journal of Medicine, 287, 372-375.

To learn more about Dr.  Barbara Cunningham‘s treatment model, visit her website at http://www.Cunninghamtherapy.com or call 619 9906203 for a complimentary phone consultation.

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