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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

Keynote Speaker: Gogo Ekhaya Esima

Gogo Ekhaya 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

Narsimha Reddy Pinninti, MD is PACT Psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at Rowan University. Dr. Pinninti is a certified Cognitive therapist and uses CBT, MI and Yoga mindfulness based Cognitive therapy (YMBCT) for psychosis. He is a coauthor of Cultural Adaptation of CBT for Serious Mental Illness: A Guide for Training and Practice.

DEADLINE: Submissions Due by MAY 29, 2017

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 welcome proposals for papers, panel discussions, and creative or alternative formats focused on psychological and social approaches to psychosis or extreme mental states. A variety of perspectives and topics are welcome and we are interested in representing a diversity of voices. All professional disciplines, experts by experience, and family members are encouraged to submit proposals. Please share your knowledge, experience, energy, and hope. We hope to see you in beautiful Portland, Oregon! See submission guidelines.

All photos 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.

Making Real Change Happen: ISPS Liverpool 2017

Making Real Change Happen: ISPS Liverpool 2017

20th International Congress of the ISPS
Making Real Change Happen
Aug 30th-Sept 3rd, 2017 in Liverpool, UK
Call for papers
Abstract submission deadline: 1st December, 2016
Registration now open
Early bird deadline: 31st January, 2017

Can a conference be a catalyst for change? It is exactly this wish that inspired the title and theme of the 2017 ISPS international congress.
Sadly, this is a wish born out of frustration. Attitudes, practices, and services too often seem barely touched by the steadily developing understanding of psychological and social aspects of psychosis and of what is helpful for people who experience it. So we aim for this conference to be not only about the valuable sharing of new research, ideas, and developments, but also, as the title indicates, about making real change happen. The large number of organizations who have given their support to this conference can be seen here.
We are delighted to be meeting in the exciting city of Liverpool. Carl Jung saw it as "the pool of life," and we hope its rich heritage (not just football and music!) will make it an energizing setting for a conference thinking about change. More information about the social program will be available soon.
Delegates at previous international conferences have often commented on how ISPS events stand out. They point to the unique mix of opportunities not only to learn from high-quality presentations, but also to join a rich dialogue between people with a wealth of experience and expertise, a fertile mix of professionals from a wide range of disciplines, and people whose experience and expertise comes through personal experience of psychosis.

ISPS conferences have also traditionally been warm and welcoming gatherings, where people go away
feeling inspired and reinvigorated. We hope this one will be no exception, and look
forward very much to welcoming you to Liverpool in August 2017.

Upcoming Conferences and Events

ISPS-US 15th Annual Meeting

October 28-30, 2016
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Cosponsored by the Center for PsychiatricRehabilitation at Boston University
Hosted by the ISPS-US Boston Branch.

The Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior (IAHB) is pleased to offer continuing education credit hours to counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, physicians, and certain other healthcare professionals for the ISPS-US 15th Annual Meeting. Please click here for complete details.

For over 50 years, ISPS has been an organization focused on psychological and social approaches to psychosis, madness, and extreme states of mind. People most in need of treatment have been relegated to institutions which were once thought to be therapeutic, but are now largely closed. More recently, people have been designated to community agencies, shelters, or the streets; many with the most complex problems are remanded by default and lack of informed design to overcrowded prisons under the assumption that they are 'other,' and lack the capacity for recovery. Yet there is definitive evidence of a great capacity for recovery when people are given the chance. ISPS has been a forum for promoting treatments toward recovery that supersede the sterile, concrete reductionistic model of understanding and treatment that, unfortunately, is now common in current psychiatric thinking.

This meeting, ISPS-US's 15th annual one, features varied perspectives and points of view within our mission. These perspectives address individual and group psychotherapies, case histories, the presentation of data on recovery, and theoretic understandings of extreme states of mind. Experts by experience constitute a vital presence in our organization, and will add dimensions to our collective discussion in Boston. The dilemmas of people who wind up in prisons will be a focus, as will the experiences of family members of people with psychosis. ISPS, and our conferences in particular, have always provided a rich arena for collaboration, inspiration, and debate. Please come join us!

Keynote Speaker: Michael Stein, JD, PhD

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first human rights treaty of the twenty-first century, and the first one to specifically protect the rights of the world's one billion persons with disabilities. One of the fundamental rights contained in the CRPD, and one that is emblematic of the paradigm shift intended by the treaty, is that of legal capacity: the equal right of persons with disabilities to make their own decisions in all aspects of life, including health care provision. At the same time, this right is also the least understood in terms of practice, and the most controversial. The speaker was privileged to have participated in the CRPD's drafting and to have worked on implementing the treaty in over 40 countries. This talk will investigate and provoke discussions around involuntary confinement and treatment, a topic currently dominated by rights advocates but without consultation.

Honoree: Rachel Waddingham

Whilst hearing voices is often a taboo in western cultures, linked with media stereotypes and images of 'madness', there are some kinds of voices that are even harder to talk about 'taboo voices'. Taboo Voices may include ones that speak of violent and/or sexual themes - things that person, and those around them, find very distressing. They can be extremely graphic, sometimes overlapping with violent thoughts, impulses or disturbing visions. This talk draws from Rai's personal experience of hearing taboo and violent voices, as well as her work with young people and people in prison and the principles of the Hearing Voices Movement. It explores how we can view them as an opportunity for growth and understanding, rather than a risk to be silenced.

Program Committee

Chair: Ronald Abramson, MD
Nancy Burke, PhD, Harold Bursztajn, MD, James Tyler Carpenter, PhD, Marie Hansen, MA, Casadi "Khaki" Marino, PhD, Janet Richmond, LICSW, MSW, Dorothy Scotten, PhD, LICSW, Pat Wright, M.Ed.