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(p. 111) Integrated CIT-S Illustration 

(p. 111) Integrated CIT-S Illustration
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(p. 111) Integrated CIT-S Illustration
Author(s):

Amy Weisman de Mamani

, Merranda McLaughlin

, Olivia Altamirano

, Daisy Lopez

, and Salman Shaheen Ahmad

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780197500644.003.0009
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date: 25 January 2021

This chapter illustrates a session-by-session progression through culturally informed therapy for schizophrenia (CIT-S). The case illustration of a mixed-race couple of White (Irish) and Native American (Arapaho) ancestries aims to demonstrate different aspects of a client’s illness and her treatment using CIT-S. The chapter includes examples of how a therapist may help clients navigate difficulties surrounding family, culture, illness, and religion/spirituality in ways that cater to the individual living with schizophrenia and foster his or her recovery. The importance of a low-key home environment, adjusting expectations, and including family members or caregivers as part of the healing process are highlighted. Ways to avoid or cope with the negative consequences of some common cognitive difficulties and communication deficits faced by individuals living with schizophrenia are practiced with the couple. Ideas for prayers commonly encountered in CIT-S are found at the beginning and end of each session.

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