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ISPS-US announces the Rodney Waldron Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Join ISPS-US for our 16th Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon!

Psychosis in Context: Exploring Intersections in Diverse Identities and Extreme States

November 17-19, 2017
University Place Hotel
Cosponsored by the EASA Center for Excellence at PSU

The Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior (IAHB) is pleased to offer continuing education credit hours to counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, physicians, educators and certain other healthcare professionals for the ISPS-US 16th Annual Meeting. Please link here for complete details.

Preregistration is now closed. You may register at the conference only.
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You must make your hotel reservation by September 15 to get the special low rate at University Place Hotel!

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Keynote Speaker: Gogo Ekhaya Esima

Sick or Gifted? Bridging the Connection Between Mental Health Issues and Spirituality

Ms. Esima is an initiated Sangoma Traditional Healer in the Zulu culture of South Africa. She is a certified Peer Recovery Specialist in mental health, a trauma survivor, and a spiritual teacher. Gogo Ekhaya is a strong advocate for challenging standardized mental health concepts in America. She has written for the forthcoming ISPS series book, Women and Psychosis: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, and her shamanic journey of healing and recovery is featured in the documentary CRAZYWISE. Her gifts include seeing and hearing voices of the ancestors, mediumship, and earth based medicinal healing. Gogo Ekhaya has a full-time shamanic healing practice in Southern California.

Honoree: Narsimha Reddy Pinninti, MD

Trauma, Psychosis and TIMBER Model to Treat Traumatic Psychosis
Dr. Pinninti is Professor of Psychiatry at Rowan University school of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey and Chief Medical Officer at Twin Oaks Community Mental Health Services, Inc. in Cherry Hill, NJ. Dr. Pinninti is a clinician, administrator, educator and researcher working at the interface of clinical practice and research into psychosocial treatments for psychosis. As a clinician he is the psychiatrist for Camden County Assertive Community Treatment Team and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy routinely in his medication monitoring visits.

This program will interest psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, therapists, nurses, and other mental health professionals, students, academics and attorneys, as well as members of the lay public, including peer specialists, people with lived experience of psychosis/extreme states, and their families, who are interested in learning about the experience and treatment of psychosis and extreme states.


Extreme mental states and psychotic experiences occur within a context that includes a person?s unique family story, ethnicity, religion, race, socioeconomic status, gender and sexual identity, trauma experiences, and more. The attempt to isolate these states and experiences from the soil in which they grow often results in diagnosing people instead of understanding them. Yet individuals? reactions and adaptation to the nexus of social constructs, cultural beliefs, and personal and collective histories that form the backdrops of their lives are sources of their strengths and their suffering alike. How can those who are struggling come more fully to appreciate the complexities of who they are, why they hurt, and what the possibilities might be for transformation? And how can helpers better understand the intersection of these layers of relevant factors so that assistance can be provided that truly fits the person?

ISPS has focused on psychological and social approaches to psychosis, madness, and extreme states of mind for over 50 years. The ISPS-US 16th Annual Meeting will feature a diversity of perspectives on psychotherapies, research on recovery, and theoretical developments. The points of view of experts by experience and family members will be highlighted. A main focus will be intersectionality or the interconnected nature of social identities as they relate to systems of discrimination and oppression. We hope to see you in beautiful Portland, Oregon!

Deadline for Call for Papers has passed.


Chair: Casadi ?Khaki? Marino, PhD, LCSW
Ana Cabrales, ND, RN, Georgia Case, Marie Hansen, MA, Katie Hayden-Lewis, MA, LPC, PhD, Andrea Lefebvre, MA, Ryan Melton, PhD, LPC, ACS, David Neal, MA, RN, Ron Unger, LCSW, Pat Wright, MEd

All photos of Portland courtesy of Travel Portland.

To make your hotel reservation, call 503-221-0140 or 1-866-845-4647, and ask for the "ISPS US 2017 Conference" Room Block (rate of $89 per night plus 15.3% tax).  Please note that the block date is: check in 11/15 & check out 11/20 2017.  If you need to stay before the block date, please let the hotel agent know the block starts on 11/15, if not, the hotel agent will not see the block.

Your must make your reservation by 9/15 2017.

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