Psychoses provides a unique perspective on the challenges associated with understanding and treating psychoses, bringing together insights and developments from medicine and psychology to give a full and balanced overview of the subject.
Johan Cullberg draws on his extensive experience working with those suffering from first-episode psychosis to investigate issues including vulnerability factors, phases of psychosis, prevention, the potential for recovery and contemporary attitudes to psychosis. Particular attention is paid to how therapeutic interventions can either support or obstruct the ‘self-healing’ properties of many psychoses.
This sensitive and humane perspective on the nature and treatment of psychoses will be of interest to all mental health professionals interested in increasing their understanding and awareness of this subject.
'…it should be on the reading list of every counselling and psychotherapy training.' Penny Wigram, British Journal of Psychotherapy
'…essential reading for anyone working with psychotic clients.' Val Allen, Therapy Today
'I believe that this book would be an invaluable aid to any mental health professional who wants to have a broader understanding of psychosis.' - Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed, Journal of Mental Health
'Dr Cullberg's Psychoses: An Integrative Perspective is clearly the result of a lifetime of study and practice of treating patients with psychoses by an unconventionally intelligent and deeply compassionate psychiatrist. Mental health professionals and family members may benefit greatly from his comprehensive, refreshing and very human integration of knowledge on the psychoses.' - John R. Bola, PhD, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
McGorry, Foreword. Preface to the English Edition. Part I: The Psychotic Crisis and the Schizophrenic Disability. Reason - A Thin Veil Over Chaos. Losing Contact with Reality. The Concept of Psychosis. Delusions and Hallucinations. The Ego, the Self and Psychosis. Phases of Acute Psychosis. Neurobiological Vulnerability Factors. Psychodynamic Vulnerability Factors. Factors that Trigger Psychosis. Protective Factors. Psychotic Disorders I. Psychotic Disorders II. Autism Spectrum Disorders and Childhood Psychoses. Delirium, Confusion and Organic Psychosis. The Two Critical Periods in Psychosis and the Potential for Recovery. Cognitive Disorders and the Psychotic Thought Process. The Construction of the Identity of a 'Chronic Schizophrenic'. Towards a Bio-Psycho-Social Model of Psychoses. Part II: In Support of Recovery. Traditions of Thought in the History of Psychiatric Ideas. Attitudes in the Twentieth-century Treatment of Psychosis. The Requirements, Demands and Organisation of Treatment for Psychosis. The Assessment and Treatment of Patients with an Acute Psychotic Episode. Psychosis and Suicide. People with Long-term Psychosis in the Community. Pharmacological Treatment of Psychosis. Psychological Treatments of Psychosis. Preventing Psychosis. On Being a Relative. Epilogue. Appendix: Classification.
ISPS (The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) has a history stretching back more than five decades, during which it has witnessed the relentless pursuit of biological explanations for psychosis. This tide has been turning in recent years and there is growing international interest in a range of psychological, social and cultural factors that have considerable explanatory traction and distinct therapeutic possibilities. Governments, professional groups, people with personal experience of psychosis and family members are increasingly exploring interventions that involve more talking and listening. Many now regard practitioners skilled in psychological therapies as an essential component of the care of people with psychosis.
A global society active in at least twenty countries, ISPS is composed of a diverse range of individuals, networks and institutional members. Key to its ethos is that individuals with personal experience of psychosis, and their families and friends, are fully involved alongside practitioners and researchers, and that all benefit from this collaboration.
ISPS’s core aim is to promote psychological and social approaches to understanding and treating psychosis. Recognising the humanitarian and therapeutic potential of these perspectives, ISPS embraces a wide spectrum of therapeutic approaches from psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, and arts therapies, to need-adapted and dialogical approaches, family and group therapies and residential therapeutic communities. A further ambition is to draw together diverse viewpoints on psychosis and to foster discussion and debate across the biomedical and social sciences, including establishing meaningful dialogue with practitioners and researchers who are more familiar with biological-based approaches. Such discussion is now increasingly supported by empirical evidence of the interaction of genes and biology with the emotional and social environment especially in the fields of trauma, attachment, social relationships and therapy.
Ways in which ISPS pursues its aims include international and national conferences, real and virtual networks, and publication of the journal Psychosis. The book series is intended to complement these activities by providing a resource for those wanting to consider aspects of psychosis in detail. It now also includes a monograph strand primarily targeted at academics. Central to both strands is the combination of rigorous, in-depth intellectual content and accessibility to a wide range of readers. We aim for the series to be a resource for mental health professionals of all disciplines, for those developing and implementing policy, for academics in the social and clinical sciences, and for people whose interest in psychosis stems from personal or family experience. We hope that the book series will help challenge excessively biological ways of conceptualising and treating psychosis through the dissemination of existing knowledge and ideas and by fostering new interdisciplinary dialogues and perspectives.
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