Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Soteria: Through Madness to Deliverance Paperback – December 21, 2004
Elsevier Sales & Deals
Save up to 50% on textbooks, study guides & resources for your medical specialty.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Only with this book has it been possible to get a sense of what it was like to be at Soteria. Through the truly dedicated and caring staff, such as the incredible Voyce Hendrix (and even the residents), people were allowed their madness and, through being allowed their madness, able to get through it and on with their lives. This book is a must read for anyone interested in alternatives to the prevailing pessimistic paradigm of psychiatric treatment. It is truly a story of hope. A story of a better path -- a path not currently taken.
Dr. Mosher, loved "being with" people who were psychotic. He called them "my most interesting customers." Dr. Mosher, passed away in July of 2004, at the age of 70, five months before the book was published. He must have written this book knowing that his personal efforts on behalf of providing a humane form of care was going to cease. Thus, "Soteria: Through Madness to Deliverance" must be seen as his final act of love to people experiencing disturbing psychosis by leaving a trail to follow for those who have the vision to see it.
1..Buying it supports vital work.
2..Less than 1% of the book can appear here.
3..Change, action and recovery can replace hand-wringing.
4.."Understanders" are therapeutic for the seriously disturbed.
Soteria (Greek for deliverance) was a community-based, experimental, residential treatment facility in San Jose CA during 1971-1983, offering refuge mostly to young "schizophrenics." Would Soteria be as effective...as a nearby psychiatric ward where antipsychotic drugs were highly valued?
Focus: Given...that people labeled as "schizophrenic" often cannot develop or maintain close interpersonal relationships and supportive (non-family) network systems, Soteria believed these should comprise its focus.
The Moos Social Scales, which were heeded by Soteria, tallied staff's judgments about treatment areas, as they measured involvement, support, spontaneity, autonomy, practical orientation, personal problem orientation, tolerance of anger and aggression, order and organization, program clarity, and staff control.
Causation of Psychosis: More than half of adult admissions...to psychiatric hospital wards have histories of sexual and/or physical abuse. Also there may be parents' inability to focus and be clear, and parents' hostility toward their children... When someone goes "crazy," it's often in response to numerous problems, usually triggered by a particularly distressing event like a romantic rejection, the death of a parent, or excessive involvement with recreational drugs - - or inability to form social networks apart from families of origin.Read more ›
There were actually two houses, one called "Soteria" and the other called "Emmon" where recruits from college campuses would manage the day to day affairs of the house and interact with the residents. Mosher Et Al drew a fairly realistic picture of the environment and the people in it and how things were done. The claim of recovery without drugs is supported with some anecdotal evidence, but the book lacks any real case studies to support the claims. It is elsewhere that some of this evidence is available, for this reason I gave this book a 3 star rating.
The project came out of the ruins of the Kingdom Hall experiment in England which was conducted by the Laing, in which Mosher was an observer. Although "Kingdom Hall" was essentially a disaster, there were some quality ideas involved that Mosher added to his own ideas and created the Soteria project.
The writing is good and not only Mosher puts his ideas and thoughts about the project to pen and paper, but also other members of the project.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As an alternative form of treatment for schizophrenics, I applaud Dr. Mosher's point of view. I believe that psychotropic drugs do more harm than good, and that the big... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Linda O'Hara-Scott
Soteria House shows the possibilities of another cheaper and much more humane approach to treating mental illnhess. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Don Miguel de Suza Whitney
Great book. The pharmacological companies are drugging the children of the world strictly for profit, leaving behind a trail of broken individuals and families.Published on July 31, 2012 by Foster
If you want to know what really happened at Soteria House in San Jose, don't read this book - read the local police reports. Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by Robin Ferruggia
A very useful book for those who have been victims of the mental health system in the USA. It gives you hope and insight into alternative treatments without medication. Read morePublished on March 14, 2010 by E.Hess.
Gives the reader a thorough look at what truly productive mental health care looks like. It also becomes obvious to the reader that this method is not used today because it is not... Read morePublished on February 14, 2009 by J.S