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05 May 2006


Psychosis and spirituality: continuity and discontinuity - preview

Isabel Clarke discusses the ISPS UK and CHT conference

The International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and other psychoses is committed to developing psychotherapeutic approaches to psychosis implicitly challenging the assumption, traditional within psychiatry, that psychosis is an organic brain condition for which medication is the only effective treatment – one I would dispute as a clinical psychologist and therapist
  • While acknowledging the important role that medication plays for anyone with severe and enduring mental health problems, I hold firmly that human beings need to make sense of their situation
  • This is never more pressing than in the midst of the confusing experience of psychosis
  • The ISPS is composed of people from different psychotherapeutic professions and none
  • The focus on psychosis and spirituality exactly matched my core interests, and this choice of topic reflected the growing recognition of the importance of spiritual concerns within mental health

  • Isabel Clarke

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