ISPS-US 11th Annual Conference November 5-7

I am looking forward to the ISPS-US 11th Annual Conference this coming weekend in the Berkshires.

This year’s theme is “Psychosis, Trauma and Human Connections: Building Connections” and will feature the author Joanne Greenberg, DHL as Keynote Speaker. Her talk is entitled “Dreams, Hallucinations, and Metaphors” and I am interested to hear her thoughts regarding creativity, language, madness, and the universal nocturnal madness also known as dreaming. (Last week I had dreams about Vladimir Lenin and Lady Gaga… hmmm!?)

This year, there will be specific focus on healing through the arts. This emphasis is fitting, given that Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, one of the co-chairs of the Program Committee, is an artist and poet herself.

Saturday morning there will be the Art and Psychosis Panel, featuring Mark Mulherrin (with an historical overview), Toshiko Kobayashi, LCAT, ATR-BC (on the therapeutic use of origami), and Trisha Ready (on musical language). For more on music, check out the workshop with Jose S. from the Bronx, called “Music is gonna save your life” along with presentations by Gillian Stephens Langdon, MA, LCAT, David Croce, MA and Brian Ferrel, MA.

On Saturday afternoon, there will be a panel on Self Expression / Self Destruction, featuring Sharon Klayman Farber, PhD, BCD, acclaimed author of When the Body Is the Target: Self Harm, Pain and Traumatic Attachments, Madhu Sameer, MSW, and Nirit Gradwohl, PhD.

If you’ve attended those presentations on Saturday, you will definitely be prepared on Sunday morning to join the roundtable discussion on Creativity and Psychosis, hosted by Dr. Charles and featuring Jill Clemence, PhD, and the writers Judith Harris and Ms. Greenberg.

As usual, there will be so many choices of presentations to attend and it will be hard to decide which to attend. I am hoping that some of you will be at the conference and will post your thoughts about the conference so I can learn about the ones I might miss!

Happy Halloween,

Jessica Arenella

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