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The ISPS-US 17th Annual Meeting will be November 9-11, 2018, in historic Philadelphia at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown. We have reserved a block of rooms at the very discounted rate of $219/night plus tax. Please make your reservation under this room block so we can fulfill our contract with the hotel.

The deadline to make your hotel reservation at this special group rate is October 19, 2018.


By phone:
Call 1-800-321-2211 or 1-888-887-8130. Ask for the ISPS-US group rate.

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

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ISPS-US announces the Rodney Waldron Memorial Scholarship Fund.

ISPS-US Classifieds

New! ISPS-US now offers classified ads! Members can post ads for free, and the public can see the ads. Categories include:
Study Groups, Call for Papers, Research Positions Wanted, Research Positions Available, Other Training Opportunities,  Internship / Externship Opportunities,  Looking for Employment, Job Openings, Support Groups, Services Wanted, Services Offered
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All ads must relate to our mission, and are subject to ISPS-US approval. To place an ad, email If you are not a current member, you must first renew or join at .

Videos are now available from the ISPS-US 15th Annual Meeting, From Reductionism to Humanism: Moving Forward from Psychosis and Extreme States

Boston, Oct. 28-30, 2016.
Check out this amazing archive of presentations about working toward recovery, by people with lived experience of psychosis and extreme states, and those who work with them, who are moving toward recovery!

You can purchase a "punch pass" and use it to get a 50% discount on any 10 videos from any meeting.
ISPS-US members and meeting attendees get an additional 50% discount on all purchases: email for more information.

Until June 30, the following video is available for half price ($15):
Psychotherapy in Prison and the Community: Understanding the Developmental Implications of Trauma in Psychosis
Presented by Martin Cosgro, PhD
It is now well established that trauma of various forms is typically at the root of psychotic experiences. Being able to make sense of the significant, as well as subtle, impressions this leaves on development and resultant behavior is a crucial process in being consistently effective in helping people who struggle with chronic psychosis. A lack of early safety leads to underdeveloped conscience and its self-regulatory mechanisms which is often seen in forensic settings. Also, affective experiences often trigger similarly feeling past unresolved experiences which tend to undermine developmental strivings of even the most motivated clients. Helping clients to understand this dynamic process is central to their being able to take control of their emotions, behavior and ultimately their lives, breaking the previous bonds of unconscious conflict.

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Discount does not include DVD shipping.

And don't miss the free book readings by 6 authors with various perspectives on psychosis, extreme states and recovery!

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A Way Out of Madness
Dealing With Your Family After You've Been Diagnosed With A Psychiatric Disorder

A Way Out of Madness

Co-Written and Co-Edited by Daniel Mackler and Matthew Morrissey

Family conflict can wreak havoc on people diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. A Way Out of Madness offers guidance in resolving family conflict and taking control of your life. The book also includes personal accounts of family healing by people who were themselves psychiatrically diagnosed. This is the first book in our ISPS-US Book Series. Paperback now available. For more information or to purchase>>


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:

"Promoting Healing After Psychosis: Using Holotropic Breathwork"

"Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy: Resiliency, Recovery & Flourishing"

"Psychosis: Key Psychoanalytic Concepts" with Danielle Knafo Ph.D.

"Shamanic Spiritual Emergencies: The Dialectic of Distress and Spirituality" with Dr. Ingo Lambrecht

CBT for Psychosis: An Online Course

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!

Working with Trauma, Dissociation, and Psychosis

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!


ISPS-US is on the map! We are using the award winning DebateGraph cloud-based service to learn about and make decisions regarding complex issues regarding psychosis, madness, and mental health

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