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 provide helpful guidance on vital issues, including setting up initial group meetings, crisis intervention plans, group structure, problem solving and communication in the group. Subjects covered include:
This accessible, jargon-free guide will be of great interest to anyone interested in investigating the potential for using family work to treat those with psychosis.
McFarlane, Leff, Foreword. Bloch Thorsen, Introduction. Grønnestad, The Stress -Vulnerability Model. Johannessen, Psychosis - What is it? Methods. Øxnevad, Psychoeducational Multifamily Group Model. Øxnevad, Invitation to Family Work. Øxnevad, The First Contact: Dealing with the Crisis. Øxnevad, The Second Contact: Mapping the Genealogical Chart. Grønnestad, The Third Contact: Monitoring Early Warning Signs. Øxnevad, Contact Between the Group Leader and the Patient Alone. Grønnestad, The Educational Seminar. Øxnevad, The Group Structure and Framework. Øxnevad, The First Multifamily Group Meeting. Øxnevad, The Second Multifamily Group Meeting. Grønnestad, Problem Solving. Grønnestad, Crisis Intervention Plan. Arntzen, Communication in Groups. Experiences. Fjell, Psychoeducational Family-work in Single-family Groups. Arntzen, Conducting Educational Family-work Among Young Patients. Bloch Thorsen, Family-work in Early Psychosis. Bloch Thorsen, Psychoeducational Family-work Applied to Different Diagnoses. Drug Abuse and Psychosis. Barrowclough, Working with Families of People Suffering from Psychosis and Substance Misuse. Implementation of Psychoeducational Family-Work. Bloch Thorsen, What Qualifications Do Group Leaders Need? Øxnevad, How to Implement Psychoeducational Family-work in an Established System? Øxnevad, What Can the Family do to be of Help and Support? Bratthammer Family, Words from the Family.
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.