Psychosis and Spirituality : Consolidating The New Paradigm



Second Edition

Edited by Isabel Clarke, Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 2nd Edition edition (28 Sept. 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470683473
ISBN-13: 978-0470683477

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The new edition of this successful text builds on the very latest research to present a unique exploration of the psychology of both spirituality and psychosis. The editor brings together fascinating perspectives from a broad range of distinguished contributors, including David Lukoff, Peter Fenwick and Gordon Claridge, to develop and support the link between these two areas of human experience. This text offers a fundamental rethinking of the interface between psychosis and spirituality, proposing new and original insights.

Since the publication of the first edition, there has been an increased momentum to this field, which in turn has enabled a more hopeful and less stigmatizing perspective on psychosis. The second edition reflects the most recent body of qualitative and quantitative research, and the latest clinical initiatives. This has led to the addition of ten new chapters, and an expanded clinical section, which will be highly relevant to clinicians working with psychosis.

This new perspective will be important for those with a professional interest in both psychosis and spirituality, such as therapists and priests, in addition to those seeking a well-grounded framework for their own personal explorations in this area.

“Spirituality is the key strand that unites the great variety of cultural understandings of psychosis with recovery. This text contains contributions from leading authorities in the field; it points towards a more complete human approach to psychosis, and challenges long-held assumptions about the nature of human experience. It should be read by all mental health practitioners and students, and will be of interest to academics in theology, anthropology and philosophy, as well as service users and carers.”

Professor Philip Thomas, University of Bradford, UK

About the Author

Isabel Clarke is a consultant clinical psychologist, working in acute mental health in the NHS. She is the author of “Madness, Mystery and the Survival of God” (2008), and co-editor of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy For Acute Inpatient Mental Health Units : Working With Clients, Staff and the Milieu (with H. Wilson,2008).

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