CBT for Psychosis

A Symptom-based Approach

Edited by Roger Hagen, Douglas Turkington, Torkil Berge, Rolf W. Gråwe

© 2011 – Routledge

296 pages

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About the Book

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:

  • the assessment and formulation of psychotic symptoms
  • how to treat psychotic symptoms using CBT
  • CBT for specific and co-morbid conditions
  • CBT of bipolar disorders.

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

Table of Contents

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.

About the Editors

Roger Hagen, PhD, PsyD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Douglas Turkington, MD, Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry, Newcastle University, UK

Torkil Berge, PsyD, Psychologist, Vinderen Community Mental Health Centre, Diakonhjemmet sykehus, Oslo, Norway

Rolf W Gråwe, PhD, PsyD, Head of R & D Unit, Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Norway

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 fifty years during which it has witnessed the relentless pursuit of biological explanations for psychosis. The tide has been turning in recent years and there is a welcome international resurgence of interest in a range of psychological factors that have considerable explanatory power and therapeutic possibilities. Governments, professional groups, people with personal experience of psychosis and family members are increasingly expecting 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.

ISPS is a global society. It aims to promote psychological and social approaches both to understanding and to treating psychosis. It also aims to bring together different perspectives on these issues. ISPS is composed of individuals, networks and institutional members from a wide range of backgrounds and is especially concerned that those with personal experience of psychosis and their family members are fully involved in our activities alongside practitioners and researchers, and that all benefit from this. Our members recognise the potential humanitarian and therapeutic potential of skilled psychological understanding and therapy in the field of psychosis. 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.

We are also most interested in establishing meaningful dialogue with those practitioners and researchers who are more familiar with biological-based approaches. There is increasing empirical evidence for the interaction of genes and biology with the emotional and social environment, and there are important examples of the impact of life experiences in the fields of trauma, attachment, social relationships and therapy.

ISPS activities include regular international and national conferences, newsletters and email discussion groups. Routledge has recognised the importance of our field in publishing both the book series and the ISPS journal: Psychosis - Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches with the two complementing one another. The series started in 2004 and by 2015 it contained 19 books and 2 monographs, with further publications in preparation. A wide range of topics are covered and we hope this reflects some success in our aim of bringing together a rich range of perspectives.

The book series is intended as a resource for a broad range of mental health professionals, as well as those developing and implementing policy and people whose interest in psychosis is at a personal level. We aim for rigorous academic standards and at the same time accessibility to a wide range of readers, and for the books to promote the ideas of clinicians and researchers who may be well known in some countries, but not so familiar in others. Our overall intention is to encourage the dissemination of existing knowledge and ideas, promote productive debate, and encourage more research in a most important field whose secrets certainly do not all reside in the neurosciences.

This series also includes a monograph strand, which consists of high-level academic texts aimed at researchers, academics and postgraduate students. Within the monograph strand the focus tends to be somewhat more conceptual, and less directly clinical, than in the main strand.



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health