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Interventions for Schizophrenia

Dec 2004

This step-by-step manual presents a flexible, five-module intervention programme to help clients with schizophrenia understand their illness, recognise, monitor and cope with their symptoms and reduce the impact of the illness on their lives.

  • Using a broadly psycho-educational approach, the book draws on recent advances in the psychological understanding and management of schizophrenia, such as cognitive-behavioural techniques, to enable people with schizophrenia to cope with specific symptoms such as auditory hallucinations.
  • The detailed individual session guides include session plans, handouts and education material. The book also includes a full description of the range of available assessment tools, their administration and interpretation. Such assessments are useful in monitoring individual change and in assessing treatment effectiveness.
  • Aimed at mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, the programme can be used with individuals or small groups in a variety of settings, such as secure hospitals, general psychiatric hospitals, hostels, group homes, day centres and the client's own home.

As approximately one person in a hundred is likely to receive a diagnosis of schizophrenia in their lifetime, this practical photocopiable manual is a valuable resource for anyone working with this client group.


208pp, A4, wire-o-bound


  • Part 1: Psychological Interventions for Schizophrenia: Theory Practice
  • Part 2: Assessment
  • Part 3: Intervention programme:
  1. Module 1: Engagement treatment preparation
  2. Module 2: Individual analysis of person and 'schizophrenia'
  3. Module 3: Understanding and managing positive symptoms
  4. Module 4: Maximising mental health
  5. Module 5: Bringing it all together
  • Bibliography
Published reviews: 

"This is an excellent, highly practical resource...extremely helpful."
Peter Hayward, Consultant Clinical Psychologist/ Honorary Senior Lecturer, South London & Maudsley, Journal of Mental Health

"This training pack should be of interest to those studying to become mental health workers..." 
Care and Health Magazine

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Dr Emma Williams

Dr Emma Williams, BSc (Liverpool), MPhil (Edinburgh), PhD (Liverpool) is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She has worked with people with psychosis for over 20 years. Her interests are in the promotion of understanding and development of treatments with an ethical foundation, in order to improve the acceptability and efficacy of NHS provision for people with psychosis. She has lectured both nationally and internationally and taught on Clinical Psychology training courses in England and Scotland. She has published widely including two previous books with Speechmark, Anger Control Training with Rebecca Barlow (1998) and Interventions for Schizophrenia (2004). She lives and works in Oxfordshire.