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The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

Series Editor: Alison Summers, Nigel Bunker

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.

New and Published Books

1-10 of 20 results in The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series
  1. Meaning, Madness and Political Subjectivity

    A study of schizophrenia and culture in Turkey

    By Sadeq Rahimi

    Series: The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

    This book explores the relationship between subjective experience and the cultural, political and historical paradigms in which the individual is embedded. Providing a deep analysis of three compelling case studies of schizophrenia in Turkey, the book considers the ways in which private experience...

    Published March 4th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Creativity and Psychotic States in Exceptional People

    The work of Murray Jackson

    By Murray Jackson

    Edited by Jeanne Magagna

    Series: The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

    Creativity and Psychotic States in Exceptional People tells the story of the lives of four exceptionally gifted individuals: Vincent van Gogh, Vaslav Nijinsky, José Saramago and John Nash. Previously unpublished chapters by Murray Jackson are set in a contextual framework by Jeanne Magagna,...

    Published February 4th 2015 by Routledge

  3. Psychotherapy for People Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

    Specific techniques

    By Andrew Lotterman

    Series: The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

    In this unique book, Andrew Lotterman describes a creative approach to the psychotherapy of people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis. Lotterman focuses on specific techniques that can be used in psychological therapy with people who have symptoms such as hallucinations,...

    Published January 25th 2015 by Routledge

  4. Insanity and Divinity

    Studies in Psychosis and Spirituality

    Edited by John Gale, Michael Robson, Georgia Rapsomatioti

    Series: The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

    How close is spirituality to psychosis? Covering the interrelation of psychosis and spirituality from a number of angles, Insanity and Divinity will generate dialogue and discussion, aid critical reflection and stimulate creative approaches to clinical work for those interested in the connections...

    Published July 7th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Psychosis and Emotion

    The role of emotions in understanding psychosis, therapy and recovery

    Edited by Andrew I. Gumley, Alf Gillham, Kathy Taylor, Matthias Schwannauer

    Series: The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

    There is increasing recognition that emotional distress plays a significant part in the onset of psychosis, the experience of psychosis itself and in the unfolding of recovery that follows. This book brings together leading international experts to explore the role of emotion and emotion regulation...

    Published June 30th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Surviving, Existing, or Living

    Phase-specific therapy for severe psychosis

    By Pamela R. Fuller

    Series: The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

    For professionals working with people who experience severe psychosis, increasing empirical evidence for the benefits of psychotherapy for psychosis has been especially welcome. Given the limitations of medication-only approaches and the need for an expanded perspective, including for those...

    Published June 12th 2013 by Routledge

  7. Models of Madness

    Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis, 2nd Edition

    Edited by John Read, Jacqui Dillon

    Series: The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

    Are hallucinations and delusions really symptoms of an illness called ‘schizophrenia’? Are mental health problems really caused by chemical imbalances and genetic predispositions? Are psychiatric drugs as effective and safe as the drug companies claim? Is madness preventable? This second edition of...

    Published May 20th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Psychosis as a Personal Crisis

    An Experience-Based Approach

    Edited by Marius Romme, Sandra Escher

    Series: The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

    Psychosis as a Personal Crisis seeks to challenge the way people who hear voices are both viewed and treated. This book emphasises the individual variation between people who suffer from psychosis and puts forward the idea that hearing voices is not in itself a sign of mental illness. In this book...

    Published September 27th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Experiencing Psychosis

    Personal and Professional Perspectives

    Edited by Jim Geekie, Patte Randal, Debra Lampshire, John Read

    Series: The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

    Extensive scientific research has been conducted into understanding and learning more about psychotic experiences. However, in existing research the voice of subjective experience is rarely taken into consideration. In this book, first-person accounts are brought centre-stage and examined alongside...

    Published July 28th 2011 by Routledge

  10. CBT for Psychosis

    A Symptom-based Approach

    Edited by Roger Hagen, Douglas Turkington, Torkil Berge, Rolf W. Gråwe

    Series: The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

    This book offers a new approach to understanding and treating psychotic symptoms using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT for Psychosis shows how this approach clears the way for a shift away from a biological understanding and towards a psychological understanding of psychosis. Stressing...

    Published October 12th 2010 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Psychosis, Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry in Postwar USA: On the borderland of madness
    By Orna Ophir
    To Be Published May 24th 2015

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