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Early Intervention

Addington, J., Francey, S., and Morrision, A. (Editors) (2004) Working with People at High Risk of Developing Psychosis: A Treatment Handbook.  Wiley Blackwell: UK

This practical treatment handbook addresses a wide range of issues presented by "at risk" clients.  Specific chapters, written by experts in that particular area, cover stress management, co morbidity, substance misuse, family work and group therapy.

Edwards, J. and McGorry, P. (2002). Implementing Early Intervention in Psychosis New York : Taylor Francis

The period around onset of the first psychotic episode and the initial years following commencement of treatment provide pivotal opportunities to impact on the course of the psychotic disorder.   For this reason, there is now increasing interest in the setting up of specialized centres focused on treating young people in order to secure better outcomes and prevent the further disabilities.   This practical handbook is aimed at mental health professionals and administrators.  The authors outline the rationale for early intervention and describe the key elements of an early intervention strategy.

McGorry, P. (2004). Psychological Interventions in Early Psychosis: A Practical Treatment Handbook Chichester: John Wiley and Sons

A practical treatment manual for the highly topical early intervention in psychosis, including many recent intervention strategies

Philips, L., McGorry, P. and Yung, A. (2004). Treating Schizophrenia in the Pre-psychotic Phase: Back to the Future New York : Taylor and Francis

Researchers are now focusing on the phase before the first episode, the pre-psychotic or prodromal phase.   This book presents progress to date in pre-psychotic intervention and research, and it can aid psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians.


The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (2003). Window of Opportunity A practical guide for developing early intervention in psychosis services London : The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health

This new guide is designed to help those responsible for setting up and working in early intervention teams.  It sets out the core features of a good service and guides practitioners, managers and all those involved through the process of setting up the service and making it work for its users.