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By: Stephanie K. Ellis, Cynthia G. Simpson, Chad A. Rose & Anthony J. Plotner

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 21: Group Counseling Services for Persons with Disabilities

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Group Counseling Services for Persons with Disabilities
Group counseling services for persons with disabilities
Stephanie K. EllisCynthia G. SimpsonChad A. RoseAnthony J. Plotner

Americans with disabilities are a large and diverse population. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2005) noted that 21.8% of adult Americans have a disability, approximately 47.5 million people. Unfortunately, people with disabilities often report lower life satisfaction, with 34% much less likely to say that they are very satisfied with life in general than people without disabilities (61%; Kessler Foundation, 2010). Most pertinent is the finding that people with disabilities are almost twice as likely to go without needed health care (19% vs. 10%) or mental health care (7% vs. 3%; Kessler Foundation, 2010).

Over the past four decades, the education, treatment, and ...

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