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Psychotherapies for the Psychoses

Theoretical, Cultural and Clinical Integration, 1st Edition

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


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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 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.

For more information about ISPS, email or visit our website,  

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health