This book offers a new approach to understanding and treating psychotic symptoms using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT for Psychosis shows how this approach clears the way for a shift away from a biological understanding and towards a psychological understanding of psychosis.
Stressing the important connection between mental illness and mental health, further topics of discussion include:
This book brings together international experts from different aspects of this fast developing field and will be of great interest to all mental health professionals working with people suffering from psychotic symptoms.
"This exceptional book contains state of the art theory, research, and therapeutics of CBT for psychosis. Clinicians and researchers interested in developing an up-to-date understanding of CBT for schizophrenia will find it indispensable." - Aaron T. Beck, University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA
"This book provides an excellent overview of current developments in the field of CBT for psychosis, with innovative contributions from numerous international experts. It will be of value to both clinicians and researchers and will promote the psychological understanding and treatment of psychosis" - Tony Morrison, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK
"This is a very comprehensive volume that raises our awareness of the application of CBT to understand and treat psychosis in its many forms. It should be available to all who study and treat such disorders and will no doubt stimulate the reader to examine the possible benefits of this treatment of schizophrenia and other psychoses." - Richard M. Steinbook, MD, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Volume 200, Number 9, September 2012
Part I: Cognitive models of psychosis and their assessment. Hagen & Turkington, Introduction. Kinderman, Auditory hallucinations. Turkington, Bryant & Lumley, Cognitive models for delusions. Peters, Assessment in psychosis. Part II: Treating psychotic symptoms using CBT. Hoaas, Lindholm, Berge & Hagen, The therapeutic alliance in cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis. Dudley & Turkington, Normalisation. Addington, Manusco & Haarmans, Cognitive behaviour therapy and early intervention. Michail & Birchwood, Command hallucinations: Theory and psychological interventions. Grant & Stolar, Cognitive characterization and therapy of negative symptoms and formal thought disorder. Gumley, Staying well after psychosis. Lecomte & Leclerc, Implementing cognitive behaviour therapy for psychosis: Issues and solutions. Part III: CBT and co-morbid problems. Kavanagh & Mueser, The treatment of substance misuse in people with serious mental disorders. Callcott, Dudley, Standart, Freeston & Turkington, Treating trauma in people with first episode psychosis using cognitive behavioural therapy. McFarlane, Integrating the family in the treatment of psychotic disorders. Bell, Choi & Lysaker, Psychological interventions to improve work outcomes for people with psychiatric disabilities. Part IV: CBT and bipolar disorders. Tai, The psychology of bipolar disorders. Scott, Cognitive theory and therapy of bipolar disorder.
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.