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Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders

Concepcion Barrio, Mercedes Hernandez, Paula Helu Fernandez and Judith A. DeBonis

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online July 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1018

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Social workers in health and mental health and across public and private health sectors are expected to be knowledgeable of comprehensive approaches to effectively serve individuals dealing with psychotic disorders, including family members involved in their care. Effective services require expertise in assessment, diagnostics, treatment planning, and coordination of community support services. This article provides a knowledge base for social work practitioners working with clients challenged by the experience and consequences of serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders. We begin by reviewing the public health significance of these disorders, clinical phenomenology and its historical context, and symptoms and classification. We then discuss the family and cultural context, evidence-based treatments, and several social and clinical issues that social work practitioners should be aware of when working with this client population.

Keywords: serious mental illness; severe psychiatric disorders; mental disease; diagnosis; clinical and direct practice; mental and behavioral health; race; ethnicity; and culture; research and evidence-based practice

Article.  9763 words. 

Subjects: Mental and Behavioural Health

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