Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Schizophrenic Psychoses: Past, Present and Future

Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Schizophrenic Psychoses: Past, Present and Future

Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Schizophrenic Psychoses: Past, Present and Future

Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Schizophrenic Psychoses: Past, Present and Future

Synopsis

Highly Commended in the Psychiatry category at the 2010 BMA Medical Book Awards!

Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Schizophrenic Psychosesbrings together professionals from around the world to provide an extensive overview of the treatment of schizophrenia and psychosis.

Divided into three parts - past, presentand future- the book begins by examining the history of the treatment of schizophrenia and psychosis, with reference to Freud, Jung, Harry Stack Sullivan and Adolf Meyer, amongst others.

Part two then takes a geographical look at treatment and its evolution in different parts of the world including the UK, USA, Northern Europe and Eastern Asia.

Finally, part three covers the range of interventions, from pharmacological treatments to psychoanalytic psychotherapy to CBT, with the aim of helping to shape the future integration of treatment.

With contributions from leading figures in the field, this book will provide a varied examination of treatment, and spark much-needed debate about its future. As such it will be essential reading for all mental health professionals, in particular those involved in psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy.

Excerpt

Towards personalizing and contextualizing
psychiatric care

I feel honored and privileged to offer greeting words to the outstanding volume on integrative care for persons experiencing psychotic disorders that Yrjö Alanen, Manuel González de Chávez, Ann-Louise Silver and Brian Martindale are presenting to the world.

The first two parts of the book offer a remarkable account of the historical background and development of the subject. It begins with the work of early pioneers 100 years ago and proceeds to many parts of the world describing the contemporary situation of psychological approaches to the psychoses. I am not aware of any previous publication that has managed to bring together such important documentation and reviews of the development of the ideas and practice in this field. The editors are to be congratulated on bringing together authors with access to such knowledge to give a global view of both the common and the local factors in different regions of the world. They have been assisted by the existence of the increasingly influential International Society for the Psychological Treatments of Schizophrenias and other Psychoses (ISPS) and its national networks and I am delighted that ISPS is now an affiliated organization with the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). I look forward in the future to contributions from South America and Africa.

The third part of the book and the concluding chapter provide wellgrounded optimism for the future developments in psychological therapies for the psychoses. This book is an outstanding testimony to a paradigm shift away from an era in which the mental health field was tending to look for a single explanation to an era in which it is increasingly recognized that complex interactions at many different system levels offer the best explanatory framework. The reductionistic approach contributed to exacerbating the alienation and isolation that is a core feature of psychosis. This book will assist in reversing that process. Its readers are able to study chapters by authors from many parts of the world bringing wisdom and rich experience . . .

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