Recovery and Support

Here is a list of publications on recovery, support and therapies for people who hearing voices, if you click on the title of the publication, you can find more details and how to purchase it:

Voicing Psychotic Experiences: A reconsideration of recovery and diversity
Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia
A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs
Hearing Voices A Common Human Experience
Healing Schizophrenia: Using Medication Wisely
The Art of Thriving: Beyond Recovery Voicing Psychotic Experiences: A reconsideration of recovery and diversity
Haal je een moederband niet meer in?
Drama, Psychotherapy and Psychosis: Dramatherapy and Psychodrama with People Who Hear Voices
Voice Dialogue: Talking with Voices
Narrative Group Therapy with the Seriously Mentally Ill: A Case Study
Seduction of Madness: Revolutionary Insights into the World of Psychosis and a Compassionate Approach to Recovery at Home
Beyond Belief: Alternative ways of working with delusions, obsessions and unusual experiences
Groepstherapie voor mensen die stemmen horen

Voicing Psychotic Experiences: A reconsideration of recovery and diversity Edited by Ruth Chandler and Mark Hayward
The book explores the process of recovery from psychosis. You can download the flyer here. You can order the book here

Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia by Patrick Tracey

This book helps to dispel misconceptions about schizophrenia and reveals the various attempts by experts to make sense of this mental illness. You can order the book here

A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs by Joanna Moncrieff

Offers a radically different and sobering view as to what the drugs do compared with the views on offer elsewhere.

Hearing Voices A Common Human Experience by John Watkins

This book explores ways of working creatively with voices and other inner experiences to foster personal growth, healing and recovery.

Healing Schizophrenia: Using Medication Wisely by John Watkins

This book published in 2006 challenges the widely held belief that most diagnosed people require indefinite neuroleptic treatment and that recovery is relatively unusual without it

The Art of Thriving: Beyond Recovery by Marion Aslan

This book examines what is required to move beyond recovery to a place quite independent of psychiatry and maintenance – that place of emancipation, which leads to thriving.

Voicing Psychotic Experiences: A reconsideration of recovery and diversity, Edited by Ruth Chandler and Mark Hayward

The book explores the process of recovery from psychosis. You can download the flyer here.

Haal je een moederband niet meer in? by Lia Govers (February 2009)

This book describes a full recovery from ‘paranoid schizophrenia’. Published by Free Musketeers, ISBN n° is 978-90-484-0514-5 – price 16,95 euro.

Drama, Psychotherapy and Psychosis: Dramatherapy and Psychodrama with People Who Hear Voices by Dr. John Casson

This book explores the use of drama and theatre with people who hear voices,focusing especially on survivors of abuse and those diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia. In examining the often baffling and frightening world of psychosis the book offers alternative models of madness and the self, which form the basis for therapeutic interventions.
Illustrated by case histories and practical examples, the book includes chapters covering:
• historical perspectives on psychosis and hearing voices
• individual psychodrama
• dramatherapy with groups
Drama, Psychotherapy and Psychosis demonstrates how creative action methods can be helpful to those who hear voices. It provides guidelines for good practice, essential to all those interested in promoting the safe use of these methods in therapy.
John Casson, PhD, is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, and is a senior trainer in the Northern School of Psychodrama. He works part-time as a psychodrama psychotherapist and dramatherapist at the Bowness High DependencyUnit (NHS), Prestwich Hospital, Manchester, UK.

Voice Dialogue: Talking with Voices by Dirk Corstens and Rufus May

Many people who hear challenging voices have found that a turning point in learning to cope with this experience has been finding different ways of talking with and understanding their voices.
Learning to understand the motives of your voices and different ways of talking with them can help the relationship to change between the voice hearer and the voices. Techniques derived from various psychological and dramatic traditions (e.g. Gestalt, Voice Dialogue, Transactional Analysis, Psychodrama) have used chairs to act out different roles and relationships in order to help people resolve conflicts and reclaim power in their lives.
For the last ten years, a growing number of individuals have adapted this method to use with voice-hearing. We came together to write this so that others may try the technique as an aid for coping with challenging voices.

Narrative Group Therapy with the Seriously Mentally Ill: A Case Study by Tony Vassallo

An article describing narrative group therapy, including an empowering concept of recovery. The discoveries made by the group members during the therapeutic process are documented in full.
The formation of the Australian voice-hearing group Power To Our Journeys was inspired by this innovatory approach.

Seduction of Madness: Revolutionary Insights into the World of Psychosis and a Compassionate Approach to Recovery at Home by Edward M. Podvoll

Editorial Review from the Library Journal:
In this intriguing book, Podvoll postulates that “everyone has the capacity to recover from psychosis.” Drawing on the writings of articulate individuals who recorded their psychotic experiences, he vividly re-creates bizarre behavior and thought patterns: visions, feelings of empowerment, sense of mastery (or subjugation) to an external order, enhanced spirituality, and exhilaration. To capitalize on the psychotic’s “islands of clarity,” he proposes designing a therapeutic home environment staffed by a team offering an integrated program of family support and psychotherapy, with spiritual overtones of Buddhism and Native American religions. While his ideas are impractical for wide-scale implementation, he succeeds in arousing interest in evaluating the mode, or indeed outmoded model, of current psychiatric care.
Carol R. Glatt, Northeastern Hosp. of Philadelphia
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Beyond Belief: Alternative ways of working with delusions, obsessions and unusual experiences by Tamasin Knight

‘Beyond Belief’ offers us a ground-breaking way of helping people deal with unusual beliefs. In Bradford we have found this publication it to be extremely helpful to service users, workers and as the inspiration for a new self help group.’ – Rufus May

It explores ways of helping people who have unusual beliefs. These are beliefs that may be called delusions, obsessions, or another kind of psychopathology.

Psychiatric treatment attempts to remove these beliefs by medication and other methods. The new approach described in ‘Beyond Belief’ is different. It is about accepting the individual’s own reality and assisting them to cope and live with their beliefs.
Many psychological techniques to cope with unusual beliefs are described. These include strategies to reduce fear, strategies to increase coping and problem solving techniques.

Ideal for mental health professionals, service users/survivors and carers.

To order, write to: Joan of Arc Project, 59 Magdalen Street, Exeter, EX2 4HY.
Telephone enquiries on 01392 204495.

Groepstherapie voor mensen die stemmen horen by Ben Steultjens

*For an English translation go “here”:http://www.intervoiceonline.org/2007/8/17/grouptherapy-for-people-who-hear-voices*

*Ben Steultjens: Cognitieve gedragstherapie in groepsverband voor mensen die stemmen horen*
(met werkboek op CD-rom).
In: M. van der Gaag, F. Withaar, C.J. Slooff (2006): Cognitieve gedragstherapeutische behandelingen bij mensen met een psychose.

Te bestellen via de website van het *”Kenniscentrum Schizofrenie”:http://www.kenniscentrumschizofrenie.nl/files/publicaties*

*Uit de inleiding:*
Het derde hoofdstuk (over groepstherapie) is grotendeels een handleiding voor het doen van een groepsbehandeling van mensen met auditieve hallucinaties. Het is cognitief gedragstherapeutisch verantwoord in elkaar gezet en wordt in twaalf zittingen gedaan. De auteur B. Steultjens heeft grote ervaring en de handleiding en het werkboek zijn na jarenlange praktische ervaring steeds verder op het probleem toegesneden.

Ben Steultjens: Groepstherapie
In: Jenner (red), J..A., van Gorcum (2006): Hallucinaties, Assen

In dit hoofdstuk wordt een vorm van steunende groepstherapie beschreven voor mensen die zich langdurend, en ondanks het gebruik van (antipsychotische) medicatie, ernstig gehinderd weten in hun dagelijks functioneren door het horen van stemmen.
Het betreft mensen met uiteenlopende diagnoses, wat hen verbindt is het horen van stemmen.
De therapie is gebaseerd op de principes van de cognitieve gedragstherapie.
Bij deze vorm van groepstherapie voor mensen met langdurende psychiatrische problemen gaat het in wezen om individuele therapie, op maat toegesneden op de behoefte van de individuele stemmenhoorder. De groep staat ten dienste hiervan.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy with Delusions and Hallucinations: A Practical Manual
by Hazel Nelson

Synopsis from Amazon:
In this work, readers are taken through the planning and delivery of the different aspects of the therapy. Issues commonly encountered with people with delusions and hallucinations are considered and strategies are provided to help avoid or overcome these. This book can be used as an instruction or practice reference manual as it gives step-by-step guidance on delivering the therapy using case studies and clinical examples to illustrate applications. The accessible style ensures that this book is appropriate for all health professionals working with people with delusional beliefs and auditory hallucinations.

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