Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality …and what can help
An overview of the current state of knowledge in the field, concluding that psychosis can be understood and treated in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness.
Edited by Anne Cooke
Building on the successful Recent Advances in Understanding Mental Illness and Psychotic Experiences( 2000), this report is intended for service users, their friends and families, journalists, policymakers, mental health workers and the public.
This report describes a psychological approach to experiences that are commonly thought of as psychosis, or sometimes schizophrenia. It complements parallel reports on the experiences commonly thought of as bipolar disorder and depression.
Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia - Launch Event
The power point and pdf versions of the 2014 inaugural launch of the Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia document is free for PCMH members to use in service of disseminating and supporting the use of the document’s content. PCMH Members may wish to adapt the presentation to suit local needs. We expect the original author Anne Cooke and the Faculty to be referenced. We trust that the principles of keeping service users, carers and friends at the heart of your work, promoting a psychological framework as well the values of recovery, social inclusion and appropriate interdependence is adhered to in any amended presentations.
To see Editor Anne Cooke and contributor Peter Kinderman presenting at the New York, USA Launch see https://vimeo.com/123260535
- Summary of what we know about psychology of psychosis, and how services need to change as a result
Understanding Psychosis Training Materials
Faculty member Anna Solly and assistant psychologist Emily Currell have prepared slides and tutor notes for a one-day training event that anyone can use to communicate the main messages of 'Understanding Psychosis', for example within Trusts. It is free for anyone to download and use, and by kind permission features the original beautiful images by artist Anita Klein. Feel free to adapt the materials to suit your own context. The suggested timings for the day are based on a 9:30am start but can of course be adapted to suit a differently timed session/s.