Over the past few decades there has been a wealth of research on the causes and treatment of psychosis. However, there have been very few efforts to translate and condense this information into a user-friendly format for practitioners working in the field. Moving Forward: An Introduction to Psychosis by Yael Perry, Megan Varlow, Anna Dedousis-Wallace, Rachael C. Murrihy, Danielle M. Ellis and Antony D. Kidman, fills that gap superbly.
It’s aimed at clinicians who may be new to the field of psychosis or who work in remote areas where specialised mental health services are not available. The manual is written in four parts and laid out in a clear, easy-to-read format. Topics include explanations of symptoms and causes of psychosis, the use of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) skills to enhance outcomes, and specific techniques such as engagement and motivational interviewing to maximise treatment adherence.
Practitioners will find the clear, concise handouts very useful in their work with both individuals and their families, and these can also be downloaded from the accompanying CD. At the end of the manual is a comprehensive resource list of websites and self-help books for those needing further information. Moving Forward is a much–needed resource that will surely be welcomed by practitioners and clients alike, and hopefully will assist in improving outcomes in this important area of mental health.
Health Psychology Unit
Anna Dedousis-Wallace and Danielle Ellis are Clinical Psychologists, Rachael Murrihy a Senior Research Consultant and Antony Kidman the Director of UTS’s Health Psychology Unit, based at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.
This article originally featured in the June edition of U: Magazine