Treating Chronic and Severe Mental Disorders

Treating Chronic and Severe Mental Disorders

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While recent developments in psychopharmacology have been widely disseminated, equally important advances in psychological strategies for severe mental health problems have received less attention. Filling a crucial gap in the literature, this volume brings together leading clinical scientists to present evidence-based approaches for treating schizophrenia, mood disorders, substance use problems, and severe personality disorders. Cutting-edge modalities presented include behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapies, dynamic therapies, interpersonal therapies, couple and family treatments, motivational interviewing, and more. Throughout, step-by-step clinical guidelines are accompanied by illustrative case examples and patient-therapist dialogues. Particular attention is given to strategies for integrating psychological and pharmacological interventions, as well as to gender and cultural issues in treatment.The leader uses the same script for each client, so that expectations about each successive role play do not change. ... For example, if a client playing the role of a therapist is supposed to tell the confederate about warning signs of illness to demonstrate knowledge of the concept but fails to ... Successful performance by a peer may help other clients feel more comfortable about attempting the role play.

Title:Treating Chronic and Severe Mental Disorders
Author: Stefan G. Hofmann, Martha C. Tompson
Publisher:Guilford Press - 2004

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