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Why DebateGraph?

Welcome to the ISPS-US maps on Debate Graph ( This is a new platform for facilitating communication about important topics of interest to ISPS-US members and many others. This interactive online service will allow us to delve deeper into the issues as different ideas, positions, citations, resources, and comments get added to the map where they remain in a visual form. This minimizes the need for repetition and makes it easier to move forward in developing a richer understanding of the complex issues before us. When ideas are presented on the map we will be able to see more clearly what the opposing positions are and what areas are yet to be addressed. While participation is not anonymous, the presentation of the ideas on the map reduces focus on any single individual, as we work together to co-create a body of knowledge where all of the ideas can be represented. New evidence or information can be added and responded to with ease.

Given that our members are spread out across the country, we have few ways to communicate with each other. Other than our annual meetings, our only other format for communication has been the Listserve, where members respond to each other's posts. I am hoping that we will now have a new way to share our knowledge and ideas, especially on complex matters regarding the role of trauma and biology in psychological distress, various models of understanding human suffering and its alleviation, the risks, benefits and ethics of various models of understanding and intervention.

The ISPS-US maps are currently moderated by Jessica Arenella and Paul Peacock

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About the ISPS-US DebateGraph Maps

ISPS-US has three interconnected maps on Debategrah, two originals and one adopted from the HDC Project. You can visit them here:

Moving Forward

Moving Forward map was created to develop new approaches to healing the distressed consciousness, without reference to the idea of mental illness.The original founder of the map has generously permitted ISPS-US to 'adopt' this map so that it will be maintained under the ISPS-US name.

Resources Map

The Resources map links out to dozens (and hopefully soon to hundreds) of books, articles, webpages, apps, videos, films and other resources where people can learn about hearing voices, peer-based interventions, human-rights issue, psychoanalytic approaches, CBT, Open Dialogue, and an unlimited number of things related to emergence from extreme and unusual states. This map is currently being edited by invitation only. If you would like to be part of the Resources Map team or have suggestions or links for the Resources map, please contact

Issues Map

Using the Issues map, ISPS-US members and mappers from around the world can create substantive narratives, link to supporting evidence, rate positions, offer counter-arguments, add points of information, etc., where it will be preserved and built upon over time. A handful of issues that seem to come up on our listserve (e.g., the role of trauma in psychosis, the role of the brain, the use of coercion) have been placed on the Issues map, along with some positions and counterpositions, as a way of getting the conversation going and to demonstrate what a debate on DebateGraph might look like.