Family and Multi-Family Work with Psychosis

A Guide for Professionals

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About the Book

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:

  • the stress-vulnerability model
  • the group structure and framework
  • family-work in early psychosis
  • working with families of people suffering from psychosis and substance misuse
  • what can the family do to be of help and support?

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.

Table of Contents

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.

About the Authors

Gerd-Ragna Bloch Thorsen is a psychiatrist and teacher of psychotherapy. She is the coordinator of family-work at Stavanger Psychiatric Hospital, Norway and Deputy President of the Norwegian Psychiatric Association.

Trond Grønnestad is a psychiatric nurse and leader of an educational project about mental health.

Anne Lise Øxnevad is a psychiatric nurse and leader of the psychoeducational multifamily group division at Stavanger Psychiatric Hospital, 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 / Psychopathology / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Jungian
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Group