November 9-11, 2018 · Philadelphia, PA
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About the Meeting
As we gather together in this historic city of Philadelphia, we are aware that one of the central symbols of what is best in our country is the Liberty Bell, cracked and yet whole, stifled and yet resonant, emblematic of failure and of hope alike. When we look at the available resources for those who are struggling with psychosis and other anomalous experiences, we can both celebrate the supportive network of services, research and relationships that fill the spaces between us and bemoan the cracks in our communities and in our system of care, through which so many still fall.
In this, the ISPS-US 17th Annual Meeting, we welcome presentations that aim to fill the gaps -- to bridge the divide between where we are now and where we need to go, to connect people with optimal services, to bring us closer to one another through empathy and wisdom, and to make the spaces between us more liberating and alive. Join ISPS-US for a weekend of inspiration, support, and possibility as we work to transform the cracks in our communities, our continuum of care, and our understanding into fertile spaces where hope can thrive. Philadelphia, here we come!
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
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:
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. Ron Unger LCSW, an ISPS-US member, is the instructor for this 5 hour/5 CE online course 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. Ron Unger LCSW is the instructor, 6 hour/6 CE. Use this link for more information and to register - 50% of your tuition directly supports ISPS-US!
Free videos are available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj_RECrQLppQS4U-YFeJgRA
Videos for sale or rent are available on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ispsus
Free audio files are available on our blog: http://isps-us.org/blog/category/audio-recording/
Paid audio files will be posted here later.
More videos and audio files will be posted so check back for updates. ISPS-US members get a 50% discount on paid videos. The code is in your welcome letter, or email Karen Stern for more information: email@example.com.
If you find our free resources helpful, please make a donation to ISPS-US: http://www.isps-us.org/donate.php
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.
APA Drop the Stigmatizing Term "Schizophrenia"
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