The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) comprises a diverse range of individuals, networks and institutional members across more than twenty countries. Central to its ethos is that the perspectives of individuals with lived experience of psychosis, and their families and friends, are key to forging more inclusive understandings of, and collaborative therapeutic approaches to, psychosis.
With a core aim of promoting psychological and social approaches to psychosis, ISPS has a history stretching back more than five decades. During this time it has witnessed the relentless pursuit of primarily biological explanations for psychosis. This tide has been turning in recent years, with growing international recognition of a range of psychological, social, and cultural factors that have considerable explanatory traction and distinct therapeutic possibilities. Policymakers, treatment professionals, people with lived experience of psychosis, and family members are increasingly exploring interventions in which talking and listening are key ingredients. Psychosocially informed understandings and support frameworks are helpful for fostering and promoting personal recovery in the face of adverse psychotic experience. Recognising the humanitarian and therapeutic potential of these perspectives, 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.
A further ambition of ISPS 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 discussions are supported by growing evidence of the entanglement of genes and physiology with socio-cultural, environmental, and emotional contexts. This allows a consideration of mental distress as an embodied psycho-social experience that must be understood in relation to a person’s life history and circumstances.
The ISPS book series seeks to capture these developments in the field by providing a forum in which authors with a variety of lived and professional experiences can share the significant value of their work. Complemented by international and national conferences and publication of the journal Psychosis, this series is central to the activities of ISPS and their global reach. It comprises books with a variety of empirical focuses and with differing experiential and disciplinary perspectives. Although diverse, the range of books combines intellectual rigour with accessibility to readers across the ISPS community. We aim for the series to be a resource for mental health professionals, 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.
To support its aim of advancing scholarship in an inclusive and interdisciplinary way, the series benefits from the advice of an editorial board whose members are drawn from across the ISPS community:
Katherine Berry; Sandra Bucci; Marc Calmeyn; Caroline Cupitt; Stephanie Ewart; Pamela Fuller; Jim Geekie; Olympia Gianfrancesco; Lee Gunn; Kelley Irmen; Sumeet Jain; Nev Jones; David Kennard; Eleanor Longden; Tanya Luhrmann; Brian Martindale; Andrew Moskowitz; Michael O’Loughlin; Jim van Os; David Shiers.
For more information about ISPS, email [email protected] or visit our website, www.isps.org.
For more information about the journal Psychosis visit www.isps.org/index.php/publications/journal
Finding Hope in the Lived Experience of Psychosis Reflections on Trauma, Use of Power and Re-visioning Psychiatry
The Recovery of the Self in Psychosis Contributions from Metacognitive and Mentalization Based Oriented Psychotherapy
Art Therapy for Psychosis Theory and Practice
Meaning, Madness and Political Subjectivity A study of schizophrenia and culture in Turkey
By Patte Randal, Josephine Stanton
June 30, 2022
This book offers first-person accounts of the experience of psychosis from the inside and the outside, through the eyes of two doctors, one of whom has experienced psychosis and both of whom have worked for decades in the field of psychiatry. Underpinned by rigorous academic analysis using an ...
By Julia Brown
April 26, 2022
This book is the first ethnography of the little-known world of clozapine clinics in Australia and the United Kingdom. Anthropologist Julia Brown engages with the narratives of people living in extreme health circumstances to challenge some of the assumptions made about clozapine treatment and ...
By Sarah Kamens
December 31, 2021
This volume presents a novel, international research study that reconceptualizes schizophrenia through an investigation of ways in which the first-hand, lived experiences of those with a diagnosis differ from conventional diagnostic definitions. Offering insight into the history of psychiatric ...
By Nick Putman, Brian Martindale
July 30, 2021
This highly readable book provides a comprehensive examination of the use of Open Dialogue as a treatment for psychosis. It presents the basic principles and practice of Open Dialogue, explains the training needed to practice and explores how it is being developed internationally. Open ...
By Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon, Paul H. Lysaker
June 18, 2021
The Recovery of the Self in Psychosis details specific therapeutic approaches as well as considers how treatments can be individually tailored and adapted to help persons whose mental health challenges may be either mild or more severe. By focusing on basic elements of the experiences of persons ...
By Katherine Berry, Sandra Bucci, Adam N. Danquah
November 14, 2019
Attachment Theory and Psychosis: Current Perspectives and Future Directions is the first book to provide a practical guide to using attachment theory in the assessment, formulation and treatment of a range of psychological problems that can arise as a result of experiencing psychosis. Katherine ...
By Peter Taylor, Olympia Gianfrancesco, Naomi Fisher
January 28, 2019
For those struggling with experiences of psychosis, therapy can be beneficial and even life changing. However, there is no single type of therapy, and a great range and diversity of therapeutic approaches have been developed to help different individuals’ needs, which makes deciding which approach ...
By Caroline Cupitt
June 26, 2018
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for psychosis is constantly changing and evolving. Recently, in what is sometimes called the ‘third wave’, therapy has become more concerned with the individual’s relationship to their experience, rather than with the content of it. This more process–orientated ...
By Orna Ophir
December 21, 2017
Covering the last four decades of the 20th century, this book explores the unwritten history of the struggles between psychoanalysis and psychiatry in postwar USA, inaugurated by the neosomatic revolution, which had profound consequences for the treatment of psychotic patients. Analyzing and ...
By Katherine Killick
March 03, 2017
Art Therapy for Psychosis presents innovative theoretical and clinical approaches to psychosis that have developed in the work of expert clinicians from around the world. It draws on insights that have emerged from decades of clinical practice to explain why and how specialised forms of art therapy...
By Sadeq Rahimi
November 10, 2016
This book explores the relationship between subjective experience and the cultural, political and historical paradigms in which the individual is embedded. Providing a deep analysis of three compelling case studies of schizophrenia in Turkey, the book considers the ways in which private experience ...
By Murray Jackson, Jeanne Magagna
February 04, 2015
Creativity and Psychotic States in Exceptional People tells the story of the lives of four exceptionally gifted individuals: Vincent van Gogh, Vaslav Nijinsky, José Saramago and John Nash. Previously unpublished chapters by Murray Jackson are set in a contextual framework by Jeanne Magagna, ...