1st Edition

Personal Therapy for Schizophrenia and Related Disorders
A Guide to Individualized Treatment

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ISBN 9781572307827
Published September 26, 2002 by Guilford Press
338 Pages

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Book Description

This book presents the first evidence-based psychotherapy with demonstrated effectiveness for persons with schizophrenia and related disorders. Designed to help patients both achieve and maintain clinical stability, personal therapy combines psychoeducation; internal coping skills training; and enhancement of interpersonal, social, and vocational functioning. The volume describes how to integrate the approach with medical management and provides a practical, three-phase therapy manual, fully documented with findings from the author's influential research program. Detailed information is presented on the application of graduated strategies as the patient moves from a recent psychotic episode, through the process of optimal stabilization, to the resumption of community life outside the home. Also featured are tools for monitoring progress and suggestions for tailoring interventions to the specific needs of each patient.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Background, and Rationale
2. Personal Therapy and Evidence-Based Practice
3. Essential Prerequisites for Personal Therapy
4. The Basic Phase
5. The Intermediate Phase
6. The Advanced Phase
7. Toward a Psychosocial Treatment Algorithm
A. A Statistical Primer for Clinicians
B. The Process Rating Scale

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Gerard E. Hogarty, MSW, is Professor of Psychiatry in the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has been active in schizophrenia treatment research and clinical practice since early in his career. His current National Institute of Mental Health funded research program centers on the study of disorder-relevant, individual psychosocial treatments for schizophrenia, including a novel cognitive rehabilitation approach. Professor Hogarty has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and books, and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is an elected member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and a fellow of the Association for Clinical Psychosocial Research, and has served as advisor or consultant to numerous agencies. His contributions to research and practice have been recognized with numerous awards, including, most recently, the Paul Hoch Award for lifetime achievements from the American Psychopathological Association.


Spanning four decades, Gerard Hogarty's research into the treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders has been remarkable both for its scientific elegance and its practical utility. This volume puts it all together for practitioners, providing a readable, comprehensive, evidence-based model to guide clinical work. The book makes complex methodological material (as well as medication information) understandable to readers with varying levels of expertise, without talking down to them. Reading this book is like being in the presence of a wise, savvy, and experienced practitioner, not an ivory-tower researcher. What a rarity when the author is the field's most esteemed clinical researcher! An invaluable guide for practitioners, this book is also a landmark text for social work courses on mental health. It offers perhaps the best illustration to date of the importance of evidence-based practice, and what it looks like in action.--Allen Rubin, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

This book presents the first empirically based, research-established protocol for providing individual psychotherapy for schizophrenia. It provides remarkably valuable clinical tools. Theoretically grounded, the book describes a sequence of graded interventions geared to the patient's stage of recovery. Further, the therapeutic techniques are sufficiently flexible to accommodate the varying needs, deficits, and preferences of patients with this infinitely complex and heterogeneous disorder. This is an excellent text that will be immediately useful to large numbers of clinicians.--Wayne S. Fenton, MD

A landmark contribution. Developed out of years of experience in the treatment of schizophrenia, as well as painstaking psychosocial intervention research, personal therapy is an integrated approach to helping people learn how to manage their mental illness and reenter the community. This practical guide provides clinicians with the knowledge they need to engage clients with schizophrenia, identify individual goals critical to the mastery of their illness, and track progress towards these goals. It belongs on the shelf of every clinician involved in providing psychological treatment for schizophrenia.--Kim T. Mueser, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School