Sustaining Positive Engagement and Recovery (SUPEREDEN) – the next step after Early Intervention for Psychosis. Study 3: Improving social recovery in young people with emerging severe social disability: A proof of principle randomised controlled trial.

West MidlandsMental Health
Start Date: 26 Feb 2012


Psychosis is a mental health problem that causes people to lose contact with reality, and can involve hallucinations or delusions. Social recovery is a return to effective social functioning after treatment (engaging in constructive leisure and social activity and return to education or work). Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental health problems.

Aim of the study

The aim of this study is to assess whether Social Recovery Orientated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (SRCBT) increases the time patients spend in structured activity and reduces their levels of depression and hopelessness.

Who can participate?

A number of 150 patients with non-affective psychosis (psychosis that is not related to emotions or moods)

What does the study involve?

Participants are randomly allocated to either the control or the experimental group. The experimental group receive regular SRCBT for 9 months. The control group receive treatment as usual. All participants are assessed at the start of the study and after 9 and 15 months.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
We have found from previous studies that most participants welcome participation in research studies, as even contact with the researchers conducting assessments offers support from concerned and trained professionals above that provided in standard care. This is potentially a very important study which could have important implications for clinical practice in mental health services.

Prof Max Birchwood