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/

“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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Reflections on Compassion and Uncertainty at ISPS 2015

In the Mad in America blog posts by Noel Hunter and by Sandy Steingard, there have already been great reports on ISPS 2015, but I would like to share my own thoughts about what was most significant and directions for … Continue reading

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Developing a Compassionate Voice as a Step Toward Living With Voices

I’ve previously written about the possible role of compassion focused therapy in helping people relate better to problematic voices, in my posts Could compassionate self talk replace hostile voices?, Feed Your Demons!, and A Paradox: Is Our System for Responding to Threats Itself a … Continue reading

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Get Trained in CBT for Psychosis, and Attend the ISPS International Conference Just Afterward!

Here’s an announcement sent by Karen Stern that I am reprinting in full: The Institute of Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis (ICTP) is very excited to announce an upcoming training in CBT for Psychosis (CBTp).  It will take place March 14-17, … Continue reading

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Listening for the Person within “Madness”

As we struggle to invent a humane approach to the extreme states that get called “psychosis” or “madness” or “schizophrenia,” it may be helpful to investigate some of the better approaches developed in the past. While these approaches are not … Continue reading

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Finding the Gifts Within “Madness”

When people are seeing the world really different than we do, it’s often reassuring to think that there must be something wrong with them – because if they are completely wrong, or ill, then we don’t have to rethink our … Continue reading

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Online Meeting Focuses on “Responding to Extreme States with Loving Receptivity”

Northern California has played an important role in the development of “alternative” approaches for psychosis, especially with the establishment of madness sanctuaries like Soteria where people could undergo psychosis with very little use of drugs. Our next ISPS online meeting … Continue reading

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Tony Morrison, another reason to register for #ISPS2015NYC !

    Plenary Highlight: Professor Tony Morrison We are pleased to welcome Tony Morrison as a plenary speaker at the 19th conference of ISPS, to be held in March in New York City. Dr. Morrison has been a leader in developing … Continue reading

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Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia – A Valuable, and Free, Online Report

What would happen if a team of highly qualified psychologists joined up with a team of people who knew psychosis from the inside, from their own journey into madness and then recovery – and if they collaborated in writing a … Continue reading

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One Perspective on the Upcoming International Dialogue, ISPS in NYC 2015

As awareness spreads about there being something wrong with existing approaches to “psychosis” aka “madness,” interest grows in exploring what to do instead. One interesting meeting place for exploring “what to do” will be the ISPS conference in NYC in … Continue reading

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