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Welcome to ISPS-US

ISPS-US is the US branch of ISPS, an international organization promoting psychological and social approaches to helping persons experiencing psychosis (also known as “extreme states” or various diagnostic categories such as "schizophrenia"). We are committed to advancing understanding through education and dialogue. We bring together mental health professionals, people with lived experience of psychosis, and family members and carers, since we believe it will take people with diverse perspectives working together to accomplish our mission. Please consider joining us!

Spark Change in 2023 with ISPS-US

Please remember ISPS-US in your tax-deductible end-of-year giving to help us spark change in 2023. Help us reach our minimum goal of raising $5,000 by the end of 2022 by giving today.

We believe that there is a problem with mental health care in America. The system is biological-reductionistic and people diagnosed with “psychosis” are some of those most oppressed. We believe there is a better way.

  • You can help us become the leading voice promoting psychological and social approaches that restore personhood, dignity, and wellbeing.
  • You can lend your voice as we advocate to right systemic injustices impacting mental health and create opportunities for people with lived experience and their families to have their voices heard.
  • You can help us provide educational opportunities in order to share our collective wisdom and influence the next generation.

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Upcoming Conferences

ISPS-US sponsors a variety of events and activities throughout the year, ranging from branch meetings in various locations, webinars, and discussions on our email list serves, exploring a wide variety of humanistic and innovative approaches to psychosis or extreme states. Then, once a year, we work to bring everyone together for our annual conference/meeting!


Thank you for attending the ISPS-US 2022 National Conference “Opportunity Through Experience: Psychosis, Extreme States, and Possibilities for Transformation” in Sacramento, California. To review the event’s archive, including session abstracts and speaker bios, visit the link below.

2022 Conference Archive
Conference Press Release: CARE Courts

Looking for information about the ISPS-US’s next meeting? Watch this space and sign up to our mailing list to be the first to learn more.

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Recordings are available from prior ISPS-US Annual Meetings

Free videos are available on our YouTube channel:

Videos for sale or rent are available on Vimeo: (ISPS-US members get a 50% discount on paid videos. The code is in your welcome letter, or email for more information:

A few audio files are available at

If you find our free resources helpful, please make a donation to ISPS-US:

Videos recorded at ISPS International meetings, webinars, and other events are available at the YouTube channel for ISPS-UK and on the channel for ISPS-International.

The ISPS Book Series


Upcoming webinar

Supporting Employment & Education for Individuals with Psychosis Challenges with Ron Unger
Fri, Dec 16, 2022 12:00 PM (Eastern)

Examples of Past Webinars

ISPS-US webinars go in depth on innovative and diverse approaches to psychosis. Examples of past webinars include:

Psychosis and Homelessness: Resisting Coercion, Promoting Human Rights

The Voices Behind The Book of Form and Emptiness: Ruth Ozeki

Beating the Stigma of Psychosis with Dr. Patrick Corrigan

Working Through Psychosis and Extreme States: An Alternative to Suppression

Become a Member

Join with others working to promote effective psychological and social approaches for psychosis and extreme states!

Joining ISPS-US also makes you a member in ISPS International.

Help Support ISPS-US

Institutional Members

Online Courses

Three online courses are now available, for which 50% of your tuition directly supports ISPS-US. Covered subjects include:

  • CBT for psychosis
  • The intersection of trauma, dissociation, and psychosis
  • Addressing spiritual issues within treatment of psychosis.

Statements Taken by ISPS-US


ISPS-US has issued a public invitation to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg inviting him to be part of a panel on Homelessness & Psychosis at the ISPS-US National Conference in Sacramento on November 5th, 2022. California's CARE courts were signed into law on September 14th, potentially coercing thousands of houseless Californians into treatment. ISPS-US is using our National Conference in Sacramento as a platform to speak out and "call in" those who support the bill to come and learn more about the humane, collaborative, and relationship-focused psychological and social approaches at the cutting edge of psychosis "treatment."

Mayor Steinberg is a passionate mental health advocate, and we are hoping that he will accept our invitation.

Read Full Press Release

ISPS-US Statement on Mass Shootings and "Mental Illness"

While the number of mass shootings in the United States has risen sharply over the past 20 years, and shows no sign of slowing down, some public leaders have erroneously blamed "mental illness" for these horrific crimes. ISPS-US joins Mental Health America, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association in condemning statements that blame or suggest that "mental illness" is the culprit behind these crimes.

View Full Statement

APA: Drop the Stigmatizing Term "Schizophrenia"

ISPS-US invites you to sign this petition created by our past president Brian Koehler:

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