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:
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
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.
The ISPS (the International Society for the 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 is now turning again. There is a welcome international resurgence of interest in a range of psychological factors in psychosis that have considerable explanatory power and also distinct therapeutic possibilities. Governments, professional groups, users and carers are increasingly expecting interventions that involve more talking and listening. Many now regard skilled practitioners in the main psychotherapeutic modalities as important components of the care of the seriously mentally ill.
The ISPS is a global society. It is composed of an increasing number of groups of professionals, family members, those with vulnerability to psychosis and others, who are organised at national, regional and more local levels around the world. Such persons recognise the potential humanitarian and therapeutic potential of skilled psychological understanding and therapy in the field of psychosis. Our members cover a wide spectrum of approaches from psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, and arts therapies to the need-adaptive approaches, group therapies and therapeutic institutions. We are most interested in establishing meaningful dialogue with those practitioners and researchers who are more familiar with biological based approaches. Our activities include regular international and national conferences, newsletters and email discussion groups in many countries across the world.
One of our activities is in the field of publication. Routledge have recognised the importance of our field, publishing Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches. The journal complements Routledge's publishing of the ISPS book series which started in 2004. The books aim to cover many topics within the spectrum of the psychological therapies of psychosis and their application in a variety of settings. The series is intended to inform and further educate a wide range of mental health professionals as well as those developing and implementing policy.
Some of the books will be controversial and certainly our aim is to develop and change current practice in some countries. Other books will also promote the ideas of clinicians and researchers well known in some countries but not familiar to others. Our overall intention is to encourage the dissemination of existing knowledge and ideas, promote healthy debate, and encourage more research in a most important field whose secrets almost certainly do not all reside in the neurosciences.