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 at http://recoveryfromschizophrenia.org/about-ron-unger/personal-steps-toward-a-revolution-in-mental-health-care/

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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Video Resources on Psychosis

The following is a list of video resources put together by ISPS-US member Brian Koehler, related to Subjective Experiences, Recovery, Medication, Psychosocial Therapies, etc. Brian Koehler PhD teaches at New York University & TC, Columbia University. Subjective Experience & Recovery … Continue reading

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“Psychosis: Key Psychoanalytic Concepts” with Danielle Knafo

Danielle Knafo Ph.D. is a leader in the field of psychoanalytic approach to psychosis, so I’m very pleased she was the presenter for the ISPS-US webinar, “Psychosis: Key Psychoanalytic Concepts” that took place on 6/28/17.  See below for the recording. … Continue reading

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Shamanic Spiritual Emergencies: the dialectic of distress and spirituality – a webinar

What is the relationship between distress and confusion that gets called “psychosis” and the states of consciousness that might be described as shamanic or spiritual? To explore this, the next ISPS-US webinar will feature from Ingo Lambrecht, who has perspective … Continue reading

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Slowing Psychiatry: Would That Improve Treatment?

The next ISPS-US online meeting/webinar will be titled “Slow Psychiatry: A Way forward” with Sandra Steingard, M.D. presenting her perspective and then answering questions and participating in discussion. This will occur on Monday May 23 2016, 4:20 PM EDT In … Continue reading

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