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5.0 out of 5 stars Integrative presentation of effective Psychological approaches to the treatment of people with Psychotic Disorders, 27 Aug 2010
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Guilherme Canta "Guilherme Canta" (Lisboa, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Psychosis: Psychological Approaches and Their Effectiveness - Putting Psychotherapies at the Centre of Treatment (Paperback)
This fascinating and scientifically relevant book conveys the spirit of ISPS, providing an integration of different psychological interventions (cognitive, psychodynamic, family, group and social interventions), presented by expert clinicians and researchers from around the globe.
From the preface - "The purpose of this book is to describe and discuss a range of psychological therapies for people with psychotic disorders." , and "(...) play a part in promoting a better balance and integration between psychological and pharmacological treatments ...". The book starts with a good introduction from the editors (Martindale, Bateman, Crowe & Margison), that summarizes what to follow and present the "state of the art" in terms of psycho-social treatments.
The starting point is that research on Schizophrenia has been mostly concerned with the brain, resulting in important developments, but the same investment must be made in psychological research and this book is an effort in that direction.
The book is divided in 5 sections starting with 1) Cognitive Approaches, where you will find a model of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for Psychosis and a Compliance Therapy Model; 2) Family, Group and Psychosocial Approaches, with chapters on family intervention and psychoeducation, group therapy, relapse prevention intervention and residential care; 3) Individual Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy; 4) Early Interventions using Need-Adapted psychological treatment models, where you will find the very relevant work being done in Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway and Finland), integrating psychological (psychodynamic and systemic models) and biological interventions; 5) the last section called "An Australian Overview", presenting early psychosis intervention and psychotherapy. All sections are very relevant and most interesting to read, forming a coherent overview of the current knowledge on psychological treatment of psychosis.
Based in a personal choice I would highlight chapter 12 by Alanen and co-workers presenting the Finnish Integrated (Need-Adapted) Model for Early Treatment of Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses. The model is mainly psychotherapeutic, using psychodynamic and systemic conceptualizations and developed into a wide use in public (state funded) psychiatric care. The involvement of family in the treatment of psychotic disorders is a key point, improving the efficacy of the treatment.
This book must be read by all researchers interested in the psychological approaches to psychosis, all clinicians who want to work with evidence-based methods and by all those interested in finding a balance between biological and psychological treatments.
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