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Comprehensive Psychosocial Treatment

Beyond Traditional Psychotherapy
  • Gordon L. Paul

Abstract

A psychosocial orientation to assessment and treatment of people called schizophrenics is shared by nearly all participants of this conference—more for some than for others. For me, the “psycho” component of “psychosocial orientation” reflects assumptions that the particular excesses or deficits in cognitive and ideational, emotional, or motoric behavior of focus are those that are traditionally referred to as psychological, rather than physical or biological. Similarly, the “social” component reflects the importance of the social environment as the context in which: (a) most of the relevant activity occurs, (b) the appropriateness or inappropriateness of functioning is defined, and (c) changes in conditions may be expected to produce changes in behavior. From a psychosocial orientation, nearly any clinical intervention outside of surgery, shock, and chemotherapy could be considered “psychotherapeutic.”

Keywords

Residential Treatment Maladaptive Behavior Cognitive Distortion Mental Patient Bizarre Behavior 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon L. Paul
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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