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366 pages | 37 B/W Illus.
Psychoses provides a unique perspective on the challenges associated with understanding and treating psychoses, bringing together insights and developments from medicine and psychology to give a full and balanced overview of the subject.
Johan Cullberg draws on his extensive experience working with those suffering from first-episode psychosis to investigate issues including vulnerability factors, phases of psychosis, prevention, the potential for recovery and contemporary attitudes to psychosis. Particular attention is paid to how therapeutic interventions can either support or obstruct the ‘self-healing’ properties of many psychoses.
This sensitive and humane perspective on the nature and treatment of psychoses will be of interest to all mental health professionals interested in increasing their understanding and awareness of this subject.
'…it should be on the reading list of every counselling and psychotherapy training.' Penny Wigram, British Journal of Psychotherapy
'…essential reading for anyone working with psychotic clients.' Val Allen, Therapy Today
'I believe that this book would be an invaluable aid to any mental health professional who wants to have a broader understanding of psychosis.' - Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed, Journal of Mental Health
'Dr Cullberg's Psychoses: An Integrative Perspective is clearly the result of a lifetime of study and practice of treating patients with psychoses by an unconventionally intelligent and deeply compassionate psychiatrist. Mental health professionals and family members may benefit greatly from his comprehensive, refreshing and very human integration of knowledge on the psychoses.' - John R. Bola, PhD, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
McGorry, Foreword. Preface to the English Edition. Part I: The Psychotic Crisis and the Schizophrenic Disability. Reason - A Thin Veil Over Chaos. Losing Contact with Reality. The Concept of Psychosis. Delusions and Hallucinations. The Ego, the Self and Psychosis. Phases of Acute Psychosis. Neurobiological Vulnerability Factors. Psychodynamic Vulnerability Factors. Factors that Trigger Psychosis. Protective Factors. Psychotic Disorders I. Psychotic Disorders II. Autism Spectrum Disorders and Childhood Psychoses. Delirium, Confusion and Organic Psychosis. The Two Critical Periods in Psychosis and the Potential for Recovery. Cognitive Disorders and the Psychotic Thought Process. The Construction of the Identity of a 'Chronic Schizophrenic'. Towards a Bio-Psycho-Social Model of Psychoses. Part II: In Support of Recovery. Traditions of Thought in the History of Psychiatric Ideas. Attitudes in the Twentieth-century Treatment of Psychosis. The Requirements, Demands and Organisation of Treatment for Psychosis. The Assessment and Treatment of Patients with an Acute Psychotic Episode. Psychosis and Suicide. People with Long-term Psychosis in the Community. Pharmacological Treatment of Psychosis. Psychological Treatments of Psychosis. Preventing Psychosis. On Being a Relative. Epilogue. Appendix: Classification.
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.