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Join ISPS-US for our 16th Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon!

Psychosis in Context: Exploring Intersections in Diverse Identities and Extreme States

November 17-19, 2017
University Place Hotel
Cosponsored by the EASA Center for Excellence at PSU

The Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior (IAHB) is pleased to offer continuing education credit hours to counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, physicians, educators and certain other healthcare professionals for the ISPS-US 16th Annual Meeting. Please see here for complete details.

Preregistration is now closed. You may register at the conference only.
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You must make your hotel reservation by September 15 to get the special low rate at University Place Hotel!

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Keynote Speaker: Gogo Ekhaya Esima

Sick or Gifted? Bridging the Connection Between Mental Health Issues and Spirituality

Ms. Esima is an initiated Sangoma Traditional Healer in the Zulu culture of South Africa. She is a certified Peer Recovery Specialist in mental health, a trauma survivor, and a spiritual teacher. Gogo Ekhaya is a strong advocate for challenging standardized mental health concepts in America. She has written for the forthcoming ISPS series book, Women and Psychosis: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, and her shamanic journey of healing and recovery is featured in the documentary CRAZYWISE. Her gifts include seeing and hearing voices of the ancestors, mediumship, and earth based medicinal healing. Gogo Ekhaya has a full-time shamanic healing practice in Southern California.

Honoree: Narsimha Reddy Pinninti, MD

Trauma, Psychosis and TIMBER Model to Treat Traumatic Psychosis
Dr. Pinninti is Professor of Psychiatry at Rowan University school of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey and Chief Medical Officer at Twin Oaks Community Mental Health Services, Inc. in Cherry Hill, NJ. Dr. Pinninti is a clinician, administrator, educator and researcher working at the interface of clinical practice and research into psychosocial treatments for psychosis. As a clinician he is the psychiatrist for Camden County Assertive Community Treatment Team and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy routinely in his medication monitoring visits.

This program will interest psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, therapists, nurses, and other mental health professionals, students, academics and attorneys, as well as members of the lay public, including peer specialists, 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.


Extreme mental states and psychotic experiences occur within a context that includes a person?s unique family story, ethnicity, religion, race, socioeconomic status, gender and sexual identity, trauma experiences, and more. The attempt to isolate these states and experiences from the soil in which they grow often results in diagnosing people instead of understanding them. Yet individuals? reactions and adaptation to the nexus of social constructs, cultural beliefs, and personal and collective histories that form the backdrops of their lives are sources of their strengths and their suffering alike. How can those who are struggling come more fully to appreciate the complexities of who they are, why they hurt, and what the possibilities might be for transformation? And how can helpers better understand the intersection of these layers of relevant factors so that assistance can be provided that truly fits the person?

ISPS has focused on psychological and social approaches to psychosis, madness, and extreme states of mind for over 50 years. The ISPS-US 16th Annual Meeting will feature a diversity of perspectives on psychotherapies, research on recovery, and theoretical developments. The points of view of experts by experience and family members will be highlighted. A main focus will be intersectionality or the interconnected nature of social identities as they relate to systems of discrimination and oppression. We hope to see you in beautiful Portland, Oregon!

Deadline for Call for Papers has passed.


Chair: Casadi ?Khaki? Marino, PhD, LCSW
Ana Cabrales, ND, RN, Georgia Case, Marie Hansen, MA, Katie Hayden-Lewis, MA, LPC, PhD, Andrea Lefebvre, MA, Ryan Melton, PhD, LPC, ACS, David Neal, MA, RN, Ron Unger, LCSW, Pat Wright, MEd

All photos of Portland courtesy of Travel Portland.

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!

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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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:

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

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

"Compassion for Voices: Science and Application" with Charles Heriot-Maitland

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!


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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>>