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Psychotherapies for the Psychoses

Theoretical, Cultural and Clinical Integration

Edited by John F. M. Gleeson, Eóin Killackey, Helen Krstev

© 2008 – Routledge

288 pages

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About the Book

Can biological and psychological interventions be integrated in the treatment of psychosis?

Throughout the world, access to psychotherapeutic and psychosocial treatments for the psychoses varies significantly, with many people diagnosed with psychotic disorders receiving only medication as treatment. Psychotherapies for the Psychoses considers ways that this gap can be bridged through theoretical, cultural and clinical integration.

The theme of integration offers possibilities for trainees and experienced mental health professionals from diverse orientations and cultural perspectives to strengthen alliances for tackling the gap in availability of treatments. In this volume contributors discuss:

  • Theoretical integration across the psychological therapies for psychoses
  • Global perspectives on psychosocial approaches for psychoses
  • Integrating psychotherapeutic thinking and practice into 'real world' settings.

Psychotherapies for the Psychoses explores different approaches from a variety of theoretical perspectives, providing significant encouragement for mental health practitioners to broaden the range of humane psychotherapeutic possibilities for people suffering from the effects of psychosis.


"This is a well organised, wide-ranging and quite inspiring book… Anyone who now thinks that psychosis is just for psychiatrists and medical treatment had better read this book and have their ideas shaken up." - John Rowan, BACP North London Magazine, Iss. 59, October 2008

"This book advocates the integration of psychological approaches into the treatment of psychoses. It is an important book to be strongly recommended both for trainees, to familiarise themselves with the literature, and for consultants in considering how to effect their integration within their current approach to psychosis." - Richard Lucas, British Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 194, January 2009

"Psychotherapy for the Psychoses is another important existential addition to the literature that explores a variety of different psychotherapeutic approaches to schizophrenia, providing encouragement, and a sophisticated instruction for practitioners in their work with psychotics." - Gregory M. Westlake, Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, July 2010

Table of Contents

Gleeson, Krstev, Killackey, Preface. Jackson, Foreword. Gleeson, Krstev, Killackey, Integration and the Psychotherapies for Schizophrenia and Psychosis: Where has the 'New View' of Schizophrenia Taken Us? Part I: Theoretical Integration. Margison, Davenport, Integrating Approaches to Psychotherapy in Psychosis. Martindale, The Rehabilitation of Psychoanalysis and the Family in Psychosis: Recovering From Blaming. Lewis, Neuropsychological Deficit and Psychodynamic Defence Models of Schizophrenia: Towards an Integrated Psychotherapeutic Model. Part II: Global Perspectives on Psychotherapy for Psychoses. Killackey, Introduction to Part II. Larsen, Biological and Psychological Treatments for Psychosis: An Overdue Alliance? Herewini, New Zealand Maaori Conceptual Models Utilised Within Early Intervention Services. Phillips, Francey, Morrison, Bechdolf, Veith, Klosterkotter, Development of Psychotherapy in the Pre-psychotic Phase: Integration of Three International Approaches – Australia, Germany and UK. Sanyal, Integration of Psychotherapy in Concept Change Within a Culture – India. Part III: Integrating Psychotherapeutic Thinking and Practice into 'Real World' Settings. Miller, McCormack, Sevy, An Integrated Treatment Program for First-episode Schizophrenia. Berk, Macneil, Castle, Berk, The Importance of the Treatment Alliance in Bipolar Disorder. Geekie, Read, Fragmentation, Invalidation and Spirituality: Personal Experiences of Psychosis. Ethical, Research and Clinical Implications. Killackey, Krstev, Gleeson, The Role of National Guidelines in Integrating Psychological Interventions into Real-world Settings. Norman, Hassall, Mulder, Wentzell, Manchanda, Families Dealing with Psychosis: Working Together to Make Things Get Better. Woodhead, Therapeutic Work for Young People with First-episode Psychosis. Couchman, Systematically Speaking: Integrating Multi-family Group Work.

About the Editors

John F. M. Gleeson is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor across the University of Melbourne and NorthWestern Mental Health.

Eóin Killackey is a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne and ORYGEN Research Centre.

Helen Krstev is a Psychologist with PACE at ORYGEN Youth Health, and works in private practice in Melbourne.

About the Series

The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

ISPS (The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) has a history stretching back more than fifty years during which it has witnessed the relentless pursuit of biological explanations for psychosis. The tide has been turning in recent years and there is a welcome international resurgence of interest in a range of psychological factors that have considerable explanatory power and therapeutic possibilities. Governments, professional groups, people with personal experience of psychosis and family members are increasingly expecting 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.

ISPS is a global society. It aims to promote psychological and social approaches both to understanding and to treating psychosis. It also aims to bring together different perspectives on these issues. ISPS is composed of individuals, networks and institutional members from a wide range of backgrounds and is especially concerned that those with personal experience of psychosis and their family members are fully involved in our activities alongside practitioners and researchers, and that all benefit from this. Our members recognise the potential humanitarian and therapeutic potential of skilled psychological understanding and therapy in the field of psychosis. ISPS embraces a wide spectrum of approaches from psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, and arts therapies to need-adapted and dialogical approaches, family and group therapies and residential therapeutic communities.

We are also most interested in establishing meaningful dialogue with those practitioners and researchers who are more familiar with biological-based approaches. There is increasing empirical evidence for the interaction of genes and biology with the emotional and social environment, and there are important examples of the impact of life experiences in the fields of trauma, attachment, social relationships and therapy.

ISPS activities include regular international and national conferences, newsletters and email discussion groups. Routledge has recognised the importance of our field in publishing both the book series and the ISPS journal: Psychosis - Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches with the two complementing one another. The series started in 2004 and by 2015 it contained 19 books and 2 monographs, with further publications in preparation. A wide range of topics are covered and we hope this reflects some success in our aim of bringing together a rich range of perspectives.

The book series is intended as a resource for a broad range of mental health professionals, as well as those developing and implementing policy and people whose interest in psychosis is at a personal level. We aim for rigorous academic standards and at the same time accessibility to a wide range of readers, and for the books to promote the ideas of clinicians and researchers who may be well known in some countries, but not so familiar in others. Our overall intention is to encourage the dissemination of existing knowledge and ideas, promote productive debate, and encourage more research in a most important field whose secrets certainly do not all reside in the neurosciences.

This series also includes a monograph strand, which consists of high-level academic texts aimed at researchers, academics and postgraduate students. Within the monograph strand the focus tends to be somewhat more conceptual, and less directly clinical, than in the main strand.



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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General