Introducing the Living with Illness Group: A specialized treatment for patients with chronic schizophrenic conditions
This paper introduces a specialized psychotherapy/psychoeducational group treatment for patients with chronic psychotic symptoms who receive only partial benefit from psychotropic medications, psychotherapy, and milieu/activities therapy. The goal of the group is to assist patients to accurately identify the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that are dysfunctional symptoms of their disability and then use the functional aspects of their brain as well as learned coping strategies to compensate for their disability. The group format, philosophy, procedures, and typical topics of discussion are detailed.
Plante, T. G., Pinder, S. L., & Howe, D. (1988). Introducing the Living with Illness Group: A specialized treatment for patients with chronic schizophrenic conditions. Group, 12, 198-204.