Spotlight On Our Members
ISPS-US Honorary Member 2012
Since brief psychiatric hospitalizations in 1982 and 1985, Harvard trained lawyer Jim Gottstein has advocated/litigated for people diagnosed with serious mental illness, including (1) successful litigation reconstituting Alaska’s one million acre Mental Health Land Trust; (2) the Myerscase declaring Alaska's compulsory medication law unconstitutional for failing to require proof the medication is in the person's best interest and there are no less intrusive alternatives available; (3) Wetherhorn holding unconstitutional Alaska's law authorizing involuntary commitment for being "gravely disabled" without requiring proof the person is unable to survive safely in freedom; (4) Wayne Brequiring strict compliance with procedural protections before someone can be locked up and drugged against their will, and (5) Bigley holding (a) if a less intrusive alternative to compulsory drugging is feasible, the state must provide it or let the person go, and (b) Mr. Bigley's constitutional right to Due Process was violated by inadequate notice of the nature of the proceeding and access to his medical chart. In the first of his numerous Bigley cases, Mr. Gottstein subpoenaed and released the suppressed Zyprexa Papers showing Eli Lilly engaged in illegal marketing, and hid that Zyprexa caused diabetes and other life threatening conditions, resulting in a series of New York Times articles. Mr. Gottstein has founded a number of NGOs and has served on other NGO boards involved with protecting people from and providing alternatives to coercive psychiatry. All of this led Robert Whitaker to state in his acclaimed book, Anatomy of an Epidemic, "If I had to identify one person in the United States who was doing the most to 'change the system,' I would pick Alaska attorney Jim Gottstein." There is a video of Mr. Gottstein's honoree talk on YouTube, A Human Rights Lawyer's Perspective on the Mental Health System.
ISPS-US Honorary Member 2011
Ann-Louise Silver, MD
Ann-Louise Silver, MD was the founding president of ISPS-US (1998-2008) and served on the ISPS Board for nine years, the last three of these as treasurer (2000-2009). She worked on the medical staff of Chestnut Lodge from 1976 until it closed in 2001, and served as its Director of Education. She edited Psychoanalysis and Psychosis and Illness in the Analyst, both published by IUP, International Universities Press. She has published on the history of psychoanalysis, and psychodynamic treatment of psychosis, and has presented at many meetings both nationally and internationally. She is a teaching analyst at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, and is on the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry. She is a past president of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, and is the chair of the board of the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (www.acpeinc.org). She is in private practice in Columbia, MD. Visit her website to see her home office, watch a brief interview and read some of her papers: www.mdpsychotherapy.com.
ISPS-US Honorary Member 2010
Daniel Mackler, LCSW
Daniel Mackler, LCSW was a private practice psychotherapist in New York City. Having recently ended his practice, he is presently engaged in a world tour in which he is making a documentary film involving showing the humanity and efficacy of various international, alternative, psychosocial programs for psychosis and featuring the voices and perspectives of a panoply of psychiatric survivors. Daniel is the director of Take These Broken Wings, a 2008 documentary film on recovery from schizophrenia without medication and he is also the co-editor (with David Garfield, MD) of Beyond Medication: Therapeutic Engagement and the Recovery from Psychosis, which is part of the ISPS/Routledge book series. Daniel has also recently co-authored (with Matthew Morrissey, MFT) A Way Out of Madness: Dealing with Your Family After You Have Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder, which is the first book in the new ISPS-US book series. His website is www.iraresoul.com.
ISPS-US Honorary Member 2009
Courtenay M. Harding, Ph.D.
Courtenay M. Harding, Ph.D. is professor of psychiatry and now the new director of the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery at the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies here in NYC. The Coalition is composed of 120 agencies who serve about 350,000 people.
Dr. Harding moved here from Boston where she was the Senior Director of Boston University’s well-known Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation under William Anthony. Among her research endeavors, She participated in two three-decade NIMH studies of schizophrenia and other serious illnesses and found that many once profoundly disabled persons could and did significantly improve and/ or even fully recover. These findings, similar to eight other long-term studies from across the world, helped to create the Institute for the Study of Human Resilience in order to investigate ways in which people reclaimed their lives.
Dr. Harding has been the recipient of over 40 awards and honors including the Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Award from the American Psychological Association’s foundation for “exceptional contributions to the study of schizophrenia and other serious mental illness and for mentoring a new generation of researchers” She has published extensively about rehabilitation and recovery and has presented findings from her studies and clinical work in over 500 state, national, and international meetings. Dr. Harding has worked with 30 states, 11 European and 9 Asian countries to redesign their systems of care.
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