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New book deal for IMH staff! Positive psychotherapy for psychosis

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book called Positive Psychotherapy for Psychosis, by Mike Slade, Tamsin Brownell, Tayyab Rashid and Beate Schrank. The book describes a new psychological intervention, which for the first time applies emerging research from the field of positive psychology specifically to psychosis. It is a guide and manual for clinicians, divided into two sections: theory and intervention manual. The intervention is based on methodologically rigorous research and case studies, and gives detailed aims and instructions for clinicians and therapists. The structured, step-by-step manual, for use with clients, includes downloadable handouts, session materials, activities, guides and therapist tips. The book also contains guidance on adapting the approach for use in individual treatments, and on providing part of the intervention, either as individual sessions or by integrating Positive Psychotherapy for Psychosis sessions into other treatments.

Positive Psychotherapy for Psychosis will be of interest to mental health clinicians working with people with psychosis, as well as clinical and counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, psychotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists, support workers and peer support specialists. The aim is for the manual to be a practical, positive and innovative resource for mental health professionals, providing all the material needed to deliver this evidence-based approach that is designed to improve wellbeing and reduce symptoms experienced by people living with psychosis.

Mike Slade commented “there is a growing interest within society about positive psychology and wellbeing approaches such as mindfulness, character strengths, forgiveness and gratitude. In developing this intervention we started with the assumption that what people living with psychosis need in order to get on with their life is in many, but not all, ways similar to what everyone else needs to live well. So we looked at the small ways in which positive psychology approaches need to be modified for people who experience psychosis, and then evaluated and further refined these approaches using randomised controlled trial and qualitative methodologies. The hope is that this type of intervention – based on research and focused on supporting people with psychosis to ‘live well’ rather than having their problems fixed – is part of a broader movement towards citizenship for people living with psychosis.

The book has been endorsed by international leaders. Prof Bob Drake from Dartmouth Medical School said “This book should become required reading for all of us who treat people with serious mental illness” and A/Prof Lindsay Oades from the Centre for Positive Psychology at University of Melbourne said “The Positive Psychotherapy for Psychosis intervention represents state-of-the-art psychological practice”.


IMH blog readers can get an exclusive 20% off! Just follow the link to the publishers website and use the discount code  IRK71

More information about the development and evaluation of the intervention is at:



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