November 1-3, 2019
New Haven, Connecticut
New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (NE-MHTTC)
Connecticut Mental Health Center
International Recovery & Citizenship Collective
Co-Chairs of Program Committee: Claire L. Bien, MEd and Phil Corlett, PhD
The deadline for proposals has passed. Thanks for all of the submissions we received.
It is significant that this celebration of consensus and difference will take place in New Haven, which in 1984 hosted the first ISPS International Conference held outside of Europe. Here in Connecticut, we are excited not only to be able to showcase the beauty and history of New Haven and Yale, but to celebrate the ways we have begun forging new pathways of discovery, understanding, support, collaboration, opportunity, and research.
Our goal is to present new and more nuanced understandings of the relationships between alienation and isolation and psychosis, and to highlight the degree to which a sense of safety and belonging—to family, to community, and to the world—can foster resilience and promote recovery in vulnerable individuals. Join us in New Haven!
This program will interest psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, therapists, nurses, peer specialists and other mental health professionals, students, academics and attorneys, as well as members of the lay public, including people with lived experience of psychosis/extreme states and their families, who are interested in learning about the experience and treatment of psychosis and extreme states.
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Living In The Margins And The Struggle To Reclaim Citizenship
When resources are lacking, basic needs go unmet, rights are ignored, relationships betrayed, and valued roles hover out of reach, how does one adapt? Some individuals reach a point in their lives when they can no longer bear what they have experienced, and in their struggle to make sense of the senseless, become lost. This happens when individuals are told to believe in a reality that does not match what their hearts, minds, and bodies know to be true. Some may call that phenomenon “psychosis.” Others may say it is a spiritual experience, an existential crisis, or blame governmental forces or aliens. Research has shown that this can be a necessary and protective response to trauma. But the effect on the individual, whose only certainty is that impending doom will be their companion in a hostile world, is devastating. In their efforts to find a path upon which some piece of themselves can survive, the individual’s identity may be shattered or contorted. When they seek help, instead of finding care for and understanding of their own true selves, they are placed in a box; their identities stolen by diagnosis.
This workshop will provide mental health professionals with insight into the lives and minds of people who have lived on the margins and suggest tools for creating spaces where they can make meaning, reclaim their sense of self, and build a life they want to live. When love breaks through the fear, people who have become alienated from themselves can, with support, develop a sense of personal value, dare to trust, and find hope. They can learn to withstand bearing the truth of trauma, and the injustices of the world. In those moments, they may find the strength to own their broken parts and discarded selves. When shame and guilt are left by the way, people can heal, and new ways of navigating their outer and their inner worlds can develop.
Based on current research, and speaking from direct personal experience as well as learning gained through supporting others, this talk will address marginalization and ways of reclaiming citizenship. Such approaches as somatic healing, Maastricht Interview, and exploring the social supports that foster recovery will be illustrated.
Recovering the Self in Psychosis
Diverse theoretical orientations on psychopathology, including most recently phenomenological and neuroscientific approaches, consistently have viewed a core component of psychosis to be the loss, or distortion, of a person’s sense of self as an effective agent in a shared, social world. How such a sense of self becomes lost or distorted, and the questions of whether or not, and if so, how it can be recovered have received considerably less attention. These questions are taken up in this lecture. Based on a career’s worth of longitudinal and qualitative research, and enhanced by a growing trove of recovery narratives, this presentation focuses on the recovery of a sense of self as an effective social agent as core to the overall process of recovery in psychosis. Processes of reconstructing a sense of self begin with acceptance and an instillation of hope, which together provide a foundation for rediscovering one’s efficacy in seemingly small but concrete ways, that then are incorporated into a sense of social identity as a worthwhile member of one’s community. Finally, the implications of such an understanding for developing recovery-oriented practices are considered.
21st International ISPS Congress: Stranger in the City
On the circular relationship between alienation and psychosis and the healing power of human reconnection
28 August - 1 September 2019, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Psychosis is more common in big cities, defragmented neighborhoods and among migrants living apart
In this conference epidemiologic researchers, cultural scientists, clinicians and people with psychotic experiences and their families will discuss to answer this question and what to do about it.
Remember: the healing power of human reconnection
View Keynote Speakers here.
The Call for Abstracts is now open. The deadline for submitting abstracts is: March 17th, 2019.
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The Education Committee has held webinars on several topics. They are free for members, and nonmembers are asked for a donation. Topics so far have included:
Online Courses by Ron Unger, LCSW 50% of your tuition goes directly to support ISPS-US.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for psychosis is an evidence-based method to reduce distress and disability related to psychotic experiences, and to support a possible full recovery. 5 hours/5 CEs, which you complete on your own time, with lifetime access to all course materials. Use this link for more information and to register - 50% of your tuition directly supports ISPS-US!
A large body of research now indicates that trauma can be a cause of psychosis, with dissociation playing an important role. This online course will help you understand how this happens, and how to use CBT and other approaches to support work toward recovery. 6 hours/6 CEs. Use this link for more information and to register - 50% of your tuition directly supports ISPS-US!
Crisis in the mind raises deep questions that are often understood as spiritual. Learn culturally competent and recovery-oriented ways of engaging with people around these issues in this online course. 6 hours/6 CEs. Use this link for more information and to register.
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Videos of the keynote presentations that were recorded at the 20th International Congress of the ISPS in Liverpool, August 2017 are available on the ISPS UK YouTube channel:
There is also a 'What is psychosis' film clip that might be a very valuable tool for events and trainings, as it's a good springboard for discussion.
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