Author Archives: Ron Unger

About Ron Unger

I am a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who works with people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, using a respectful and skill building approach called cognitive therapy for psychosis. I also talk and teach seminars related to this approach. You can read more about me and about how I became interested in this field by going to my blog, recoveryfrompsychosis.org, and clicking on the tab "about Ron Unger."

Recovery Versus Mad Pride: Exploring the Contradictions

I’ve been intrigued by the way the battle against mental health system oppression has drawn on two important and powerful ideas – which happen to contradict each other! One is the idea that people can “recover” from mental health problems.  … Continue reading

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Helping People To Constructively Engage With Voices

When people have problems with voices, the most common recommendation they are given is to try to avoid them – to take drugs to make them stop, to simply ignore them, to use distraction, or similar approaches. But these strategies … Continue reading

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Starting with Immediate Experience: A Presentation by Isabel Clarke

What would it look like if mental health providers were trained to be both deeply humanistic, AND very efficient at helping people identify and cope with the issues at the core of whatever their difficulties might be, including psychosis? It … Continue reading

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Finding Meaning in “Madness”

When someone is “mad” or “psychotic,” should the people around them try to make sense of their experience and of what they are saying? Or should the person be taken to professionals who will listen only in order to diagnose … Continue reading

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Call for Proposals, ISPS-US Confererence: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wholeness in Extreme States

The Call for Proposals is now open for the ISPS-US 17th Annual Meeting/Conference: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wholeness in Extreme States November 9-11, 2018 Philadelphia, PA Deadline for Proposals: May 21, 2018 More information about the Annual Meeting Call … Continue reading

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Promoting Healing After Psychosis

What does it mean to heal after a psychotic episode? Is it just about trying to “get back to normality” and to suppress any further “psychosis” – or does something deeper need to happen? In 1996, Sean Blackwell had his … Continue reading

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Videos from the November ISPS-US Conference

We had a great conference this past November in Portland Oregon!  In case you missed it, below are some links to a few of the presentations that got recorded and released onto YouTube. You might want to start with the … Continue reading

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From “Recovery” to “Transformation and Recovery”

Going mad involves breaking away from, or losing touch with, group norms and ideas about reality. This routinely leads many to even extreme levels of distress and disability, so I am among those who continue to think that promoting whatever … Continue reading

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Expanding the Conversation: Talks on Hearing Voices, Oppression and Recovery

The Hearing Voices Congress of 2017 is over, but it’s not too late to listen to some of the key talks that happened there!   Other keynotes: * Marty Hadge * Akiko Hart * Barry Floyd * David Walker * … Continue reading

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Has Anyone Ever Fully Recovered From “Schizophrenia?”

When someone recently asked this on Quora, the first answer they received was the typical perspective offered by our mental health system.  It was stated that schizophrenia is a chronic biological illness, and that no cure exists.  The only hope … Continue reading

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