Dr. Bertram Karon represented the heart and soul of ISPS-US, and inspired generations of psychotherapists to defy the prevailing belief that people with psychosis could not be helped through psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He was a valued colleague, mentor, teacher, friend and therapist to many in our organization, and touched many more through his writings, including more than 100 papers published in professional journals, along with his contributions to many book-length works, the best known of which are his classic collaboration with Gary VandenBos, Psychotherapy for Schizophrenia: The Treatment of Choice and The Widening Scope of Psychoanalysis: Collected Essays of Bertram Karon, edited by Martin Cosgro and Annmarie Widener.
ISPS-US has chosen to honor Dr. Karon's towering contributions by creating an annual award for the presentation at an ISPS-US conference that best exemplifies his humane and spirited quest to promote psychotherapy for psychosis. Presenters interested in being considered for this award must submit a summary of their presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org one month before each annual meeting, to be reviewed by the Karon Award Committee. The winner will be announced at the ISPS-US annual meeting. It is hoped that Bert 's devotion, insight, and generosity of spirit will live on for generations to come, and that the Bertram Karon Memorial Award will encourage our members to honor and build upon his legacy.