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/

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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Getting Back to Dialogue – The Core of Healing!

When people are “mad,” they are often insisting that certain things are so, and frequently seem unwilling or incapable of appreciating or learning from other perspectives.  Yet when the supposedly “sane” mental health system approaches those who are mad, it … Continue reading

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“Schizophrenia Breakthrough” – Or a Case of Ignoring the Most Important Evidence?

Last week, the headlines were blaring: Schizophrenia breakthrough as genetic study reveals link to brain changes!  We heard that our best hope for treating “schizophrenia” is to understand it at a genetic level, and that this new breakthrough was now … Continue reading

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Supporting People in Getting Active in Their Own Recovery

Often, especially with big mental health problems like those we call “psychosis,” almost all the discussion and attention tends to revolve around what the rest of us should do to help the person, and not what the person could do … Continue reading

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Online Course, “CBT for Psychosis” Is Now Available

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. Psychotic experiences are conceptualized as being understandable in relationship to an individual’s life story, … Continue reading

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“Self Psychology and Psychosis: The Development of the Self During Intensive Psychotherapy…’

There are many pathways to recovery, but one thing people have often been told does not work for “psychosis” and “schizophrenia” is intensive psychotherapy. But many of those who research the effectiveness of such therapy, and those who practice it, … Continue reading

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