A Clinical Introduction to Psychosis

A Clinical Introduction to Psychosis

Foundations for Clinical Psychologists and Neuropsychologists

1st Edition - October 18, 2019

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  • Editors: Johanna Badcock, Georgie Paulik-White
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128150139
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128150122

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This practical guide outlines the latest advances in understanding and treating psychotic symptoms and disorders, articulating step-by-step the clinical skills and knowledge required to effectively treat this patient population. A Clinical Introduction to Psychosis takes an evidence-based approach that encourages a wider perspective on clinical practice, with chapters covering stigma and bias, cultural factors, the importance of social functioning, physical health, sleep, and more. A broad array of treatment modalities are discussed, including cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive remediation, psychosocial interventions, trauma-informed therapies, and recovery-oriented practice. The book also provides a concise overview of the latest advances regarding cognitive profiles in people with psychotic disorders, the developmental progression of cognitive abilities, and the clinical relevance of cognitive dysfunction. The book additionally familiarizes readers with issues and controversies surrounding diagnostic classification, transdiagnostic expression, and dimensional assessment of symptoms in psychosis.

Key Features

  • Provides treatment and assessment methods for psychotic symptoms and disorders
  • Looks at how psychosis develops and the impact of stigma on clinicians and clients
  • Studies the links between trauma, PTSD, and psychosis, as well as sleep and psychosis
  • Covers digital technologies for treating and assessing psychosis
  • Outlines strategies for treating visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Examines how to incorporate consumer and clinician perspectives in clinical practice


Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in professional psychology programs; Mental health clinicians and researchers

Table of Contents

    1. What is psychosis?
    Part One: Lived experience perspectives
    Past, present and future – Clair de La Lune
    My Hidden Superpower - Evie Glasshouse
    Part Two: Current conceptualisation of psychosis – Clinical and research perspectives
    Clara Humpston and Henry Jackson

    2. Models of Schizophrenia. A Selective Review of Genetic, Neuropharmacological, Cognitive and Social Approaches
    Megan Ichinose and Sohee Park

    3. Understanding the Impact of Mental Health Stigma and the Role of Clinicians as Allies
    Katherine Nieweglowski, Sang Qin, Deysi Paniagua, Patrick W. Corrigan

    4. Culture and psychosis in clinical practice
    G. E. Jarvis, Srividya Iyer, Lisa Andermann and Kenneth Fung

    5. The recovery model and psychosis
    Bethany Leonhardt, Jay Hamm and Paul Lysaker

    6. Symptom assessment and psychosis
    Rebecca Kelly, Christopher shoulder and Vaughan Bell

    7. Negative symptoms and their assessment in schizophrenia and related disorders
    Jack Blanchard, LeeAnn Shan, Alexandria Andrea, Christina Savage, Ann M. Kring and Lauren Weittenhiller

    8. Assessing social and non-social cognition in schizophrenia and related disorders
    Amy Pinkham and Johanna Badcock

    9. Assessing social functioning across the life course in psychosis
    Helen Stain and Jone Bjornestad

    10. Trauma, psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder
    Amy Hardy, Irene van de Giessen and David P. G. van den Berg

    11. Effectively Assessing Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Psychosis
    Jan Cosgrove, Elizabeth Klingaman and Philip Gehrman

    12. Benefits, assessment and preferences of physical activity in psychosis.
    Shuichi Suetani and Joseph Firth

    13. Screening and assessment of substance use in psychosis.
    Kim T. Mueser

    14. Clinical case formulation
    Katherine Berry, Gillian Haddock and Georgie Paulik

    15. Cognitive Behavioural Therapies for Psychosis
    Louise Johns, Louise Isham, and Rachel Manser

    16. Third Wave CBT Interventions for Psychosis
    Lyn Ellett and Jessica Kingston

    17. Cognitive remediation to improve functional outcome
    Alice Medalia and Alice Saperstein

    18. Promoting psychosocial functioning and recovery in schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
    Olga Santesteban, Simon Rice, Cesar Gonzalez Blanch and Mario Alvarez-Jimenez

    19. Trauma informed therapies
    David P. G. van den Berg, Irene van de Giessen and Amy Hardy

    20. Better sleep: Evidence-based interventions
    Felicity Waite and Bryony Sheaves

    21. Get moving: physical activity and exercise for mental health
    Hamish Fibbins, Oscar Lederman, Simon Rosenbaum

    22. Treating comorbid substance use and psychosis
    Amanda L. Baker, Alexandra M.J. Denham, Sonja Pohlman, and Kristen McCarter

    23. A brief guide to medications for psychosis
    Anthony Harris

    24. Get in early: Early intervention services for psychotic symptoms
    Jesse Gates and Eoin Killacky

    25. Beyond belief: new approaches to the treatment of paranoia
    Philippa Garety, Thomas Ward, and Mar Rus-Calafell

    26. Being a scientist-practitioner in the field of psychosis: Experiences from voices clinics
    Georgie Paulik, Neil Thomas, Evie Glasshouse, and Mark Hayward

    27. The therapeutic use of digital technologies in psychosis
    Imogen Bell, Michelle Lim and Neil Thomas

    28. Tracking language in real time in psychosis
    Terje B. Holmlund, Taylor L. Fedechko, Brita Elvevåg and Alex S. Cohen

    29. Integrating lived experience perspectives into clinical practice
    Catherine van Zelst

Product details

  • No. of pages: 742
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: October 18, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128150139
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128150122

About the Editors

Johanna Badcock

Johanna Badcock is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and has been conducting clinical research on psychotic symptoms and disorders for over 25 years. She graduated with a BA in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, and received her MA (Clinical Psychology) and PhD on psychosis proneness, from the University of Melbourne. Her studies have mainly focussed on unravelling the cognitive, emotional and social mechanisms involved in the individual symptoms of psychosis, especially auditory hallucinations. She has mentored students in clinical and neuropsychology over many years and is now the Research Director of Perth Voices Clinic – an integrated clinical and research facility for people with anomalous perceptual experiences which also provides advanced training for future clinical psychologists.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Psychological Science, The University of Western Australia; Perth Voices Clinic, Western Australia, Australia

Georgie Paulik-White

Georgie Paulik is a clinician-researcher and Clinical Director of Perth Voices Clinic, Western Australia. She graduated with BSc (Honours) and Masters (Clinical Psychology) / PhD from the University of Western Australia. For the past decade her research and clinical work have centred on voices (auditory hallucinations), early psychosis and the prevention of illness in people at ultra-high-risk for psychosis. She provides training and supervision to postgraduate clinical psychology students in the delivery of psychological interventions for voices, as well as advanced training for mental health clinicians in this (and related) areas.

Affiliations and Expertise

Perth Voices Clinic, Western Australia; School of Psychological Sciences, the University of Western Australia, Western Australia

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