Today's requirements for short treatment courses make it difficult to build the relationship required to help people with psychotic disorders. That is the opinion of leader Gunnar Brox Haugen in SEPREP, which celebrates its 25th anniversary by publishing a book.

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This is what Napha writes in an article on its website. 

Be a bearer of hope. Go in to understand, and be curious about people. Meet them as whole people and not a set of symptoms, Gunnar Brox Haugen encourages. 

Gunnar Brox Haugen has just been among the authors behind one brand new book on psychosis. 

There has been a lot of stigma surrounding the concept of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. Recent knowledge shows that there is every reason for optimism and a positive approach to people with psychotic disorders. For example, one sees good results on the psychosocial approach towards young people who debut with psychosis, Haugen tells Napha.  

He further emphasizes that in the treatment of psychotic disorders, the relationship is the first thing that must be in place - secondly, concrete methods in relation to treatment. So: relationship first, then tools.

First, one must build the relationship through seeing people as whole and meaningful beings in a world. Only when you know people and gain a relationship of trust with them can you bring out the toolbox.