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

About the Series

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,

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Attachment Theory and Psychosis Current Perspectives and Future Directions

Attachment Theory and Psychosis: Current Perspectives and Future Directions

1st Edition

Katherine Berry, Sandra Bucci, Adam N. Danquah
November 21, 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 ...

Personal Experiences of Psychological Therapy for Psychosis and Related Experiences

Personal Experiences of Psychological Therapy for Psychosis and Related Experiences

1st Edition

Peter Taylor, Olympia Gianfrancesco, Naomi Fisher
January 24, 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 ...

CBT for Psychosis Process-orientated Therapies and the Third Wave

CBT for Psychosis: Process-orientated Therapies and the Third Wave

1st Edition

Caroline Cupitt
June 28, 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 ...

Psychosis, Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry in Postwar USA On the borderland of madness

Psychosis, Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry in Postwar USA: On the borderland of madness

1st Edition

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 ...

Art Therapy for Psychosis Theory and Practice

Art Therapy for Psychosis: Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Katherine Killick
February 28, 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...

Meaning, Madness and Political Subjectivity A study of schizophrenia and culture in Turkey

Meaning, Madness and Political Subjectivity: A study of schizophrenia and culture in Turkey

1st Edition

Sadeq Rahimi
November 11, 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 ...

Beyond Medication Therapeutic Engagement and the Recovery from Psychosis

Beyond Medication: Therapeutic Engagement and the Recovery from Psychosis

1st Edition

David Garfield, Daniel Mackler
December 17, 2009

Beyond Medication focuses on the creation and evolution of the therapeutic relationship as the agent of change in the recovery from psychosis. Organized from the clinician’s point of view, this practical guidebook moves directly into the heart of the therapeutic process with a sequence of chapters ...

Evolving Psychosis Different Stages, Different Treatments

Evolving Psychosis: Different Stages, Different Treatments

1st Edition

Jan Olav Johannessen, Brian V. Martindale, Johan Cullberg
February 23, 2006

Can early, need-adapted treatment prevent the long-terms effects of psychosis? How important is phase-specific treatment? Evolving Psychosis explores the success of psycho-social treatments for psychosis in helping patients recover more quickly and stay well longer. Mental health professionals ...

Experiences of Mental Health In-patient Care Narratives From Service Users, Carers and Professionals

Experiences of Mental Health In-patient Care: Narratives From Service Users, Carers and Professionals

1st Edition

Mark Hardcastle, David Kennard, Sheila Grandison, Leonard Fagin
March 22, 2007

Commended in the Mental Health category of the 2008 BMA Medical Book Competition. This book offers an insight into the experience of psychiatric in-patient care, from both a professional and a user perspective. The editors highlight the problems in creating therapeutic environments within ...

Family and Multi-Family Work with Psychosis A Guide for Professionals

Family and Multi-Family Work with Psychosis: A Guide for Professionals

1st Edition

Gerd-Ragna Bloch Thorsen, Trond Gronnestad, Anne Lise Oxnevad
September 14, 2006

Family and Multi-Family Work with Psychosis provides a practical step-by-step guide for professionals treating psychosis using family work. The authors draw on over ten years of experience working with family and multi-family groups where there are members with a psychotic disturbance. They ...

Making Sense of Madness Contesting the Meaning of Schizophrenia

Making Sense of Madness: Contesting the Meaning of Schizophrenia

1st Edition

Jim Geekie, John Read
May 06, 2009

The experience of madness – which might also be referred to more formally as ‘schizophrenia’ or ‘psychosis’ – consists of a complex, confusing and often distressing collection of experiences, such as hearing voices or developing unusual, seemingly unfounded beliefs. Madness, in its various forms ...

Psychoses An Integrative Perspective

Psychoses: An Integrative Perspective

1st Edition

Johan Cullberg
January 05, 2006

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 ...

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