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Description - Group Therapy for Schizophrenic Patients by Nick Kanas

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that disrupts thought, mood, and behavior and afflicts 1% of the population worldwide. In the United States alone, some three million people will experience the pain and anguish of this severe, chronic illness, and millions more of their family and friends will be affected indirectly. Although antipsychotic medications generally are considered to be the primary treatment intervention for this condition, these drugs are not cures. Symptoms in many patients fail to respond adequately to drug treatment, and even patients continue to experience psychosocial problems. There is a critical need for new treatment approaches that are safe and that will help these patients deal effectively with their inner and outer worlds.In controlled studies, group therapy has been found to be a useful adjunct to medication to help schizophrenic patients cope with their illness and relate better to others. Group Therapy for Schizophrenic Patients acquaints mental health practitioners with a safe, helpful, and cost-effective method of treatment that has resulted from more than 20 years of clinical practice and research. Practical guidelines and clinical vignettes help the reader in leading such groups in inpatient, and outpatient, and short-term settings. The book considers important theoretical and clinical issues, such as treatment goals, patient selection, relevant discussion topics, and therapeutic process. Although this book is basically a "how-to" treatment manual, it does include chapters about history, theory, and research involving group therapy with schizophrenic patients.Health care workers and trainees who provide services to schizophrenic patients and their families will find Group Therapy for Schizophrenic Patients of particular interest. The book is beneficial for students as well as experienced practitioners, for staff in state and federal hospitals as well as in managed care settings and private offices, for researchers as well as clinicians, and for experienced group therapists as well as novices in this therapeutic modality.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780880481724
ISBN-10: 0880481722
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Publisher: American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nick Kanas

Nick Kanas, M.D., is Professor and Director of the Group Therapy Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the Assistant Chief of the Psychiatry Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, California. Dr. Kanas is a Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Group Psychotherapy Association. He currently directs a NASA-funded study involving crew member interactions in space. Dr. Kanas has written more than 70 papers, books, and book chapters on group therapy and small-group behavior.

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