Beyond Madness: Psychosocial Interventions in Psychosis

Editor : Joseph H. Berke, Editor : Maggie Fagan, Editor : George Mak-Pearce, Editor : Stella Pierides-Muller

Beyond Madness: Psychosocial Interventions in Psychosis

Book Details

  • Publisher : Jessica Kingsley
  • Published : 2001
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 288
  • Category :
    Group Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 16129
  • ISBN 13 : 9781853028892
  • ISBN 10 : 1853028894
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A major question facing psychiatrists is how to treat psychosis effectively while maintaining patients' dignity, self respect and, as far as possible, their psychological and social functioning. The authors of this book have all been associated with the Arbours Crisis Centre in London, a facility where therapists and patients, or guests, live together in order to establish a space where extremes of distress can be tolerated, understood and ameliorated. This text discusses team, group and community settings for interventions, and the five stages a guest passes through when at the centre. It examines special provisions for guests who self-harm, describes the experiences of living and working in the centre, and provides specific examples of interventions at the centre. The effect of power and money is explored, with a focus on authority, staff relationships with guests, and cost effectiveness.

About the Editor(s)

Joseph H. Berke is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with individuals and families. He is a lecturer, writer and teacher and has lived in London since 1965. Beforehand he attended Columbia College of Columbia University and graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York. Dr Berke moved to London to study with R.D. Laing and assisted in establishing the Kingsley Hall Community. There he helped Mary Barnes, a middle-aged nurse who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, to pass through a severe regression. Barnes later became a noted artist, writer and mystic. The book which Barnes and Berke co-authored (Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness) was adapted as a stage play and has been performed in many countries. It has now been optioned as a feature film. Dr Berke and colleagues founded the Arbours Housing Association in London in order provide personal, psychotherapeutic care and shelter for people in emotional distress. Later he founded and was the director of the Arbours Crisis Centre. He is the author of many papers and books on psychotherapy, social psychiatry, psychosis, therapeutic communities and transpersonal psychology as well as on Kabbalah and Hassidism.

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