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Let’s Participate in Co-constructing Ecosystems and Cultures that Honor All Life by Berta Britz

This pandemic seems like such an obvious opening for western industrialized cultures to wake up and recognize the impact of structural inequalities and traumatic experiences on our individual and collective well-being.  Yet our mainstream media and professional journals, fed by … Continue reading

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Join the ISPS-US Book Club: Our Book for May is “Hearing Voices, Living Fully” by Claire Bien

Join us as we read books about psychosis and extreme states. What can we learn from each other?  Each month we will read a different book and discuss it over a special Book Club listserv. At the end of the … Continue reading

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Why Does Treatment for Psychosis Sometimes Hurt More Than It Helps?

While the experience of psychosis can be highly distressing, many who recover report that the treatment was often worse than the psychosis itself. What is it that goes so wrong with treatment, and what could we do to improve efforts … Continue reading

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Rethinking “Delusions”: Envisioning a Humanistic Approach to Troublesome Beliefs

When people are told they have “psychosis,” it’s usually because they are experiencing one or both of the following: “hallucinations,” defined as sensations that don’t seem to have any physical cause, and “delusions,” defined as beliefs that don’t agree with … Continue reading

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Finding Meaning in States Some Call Mad

When we relate with each other, a key thing we long for is to have the other see meaning in our experience, while we notice and reflect on the meaning in theirs. But when people are seen to be “mad” … Continue reading

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Don’t React – Choose How to Relate to Distressing Voices!

“Don’t React – Choose How to Relate to Distressing Voices!”  is the subject of a webinar that was presented by Dr. Mark Hayward on 6/20/19. (See the link to the complete recording below.) This webinar presents a very practical way … Continue reading

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Recovery Versus Mad Pride: Exploring the Contradictions

I’ve been intrigued by the way the battle against mental health system oppression has drawn on two important and powerful ideas – which happen to contradict each other! One is the idea that people can “recover” from mental health problems.  … Continue reading

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Helping People To Constructively Engage With Voices

When people have problems with voices, the most common recommendation they are given is to try to avoid them – to take drugs to make them stop, to simply ignore them, to use distraction, or similar approaches. But these strategies … Continue reading

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Starting with Immediate Experience: A Presentation by Isabel Clarke

What would it look like if mental health providers were trained to be both deeply humanistic, AND very efficient at helping people identify and cope with the issues at the core of whatever their difficulties might be, including psychosis? It … Continue reading

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Meeting Review & Response: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wholeness

BY NANCY BURKE, VICE-PRESIDENT, ISPS-US, CO-CHAIR, PSIAN VP@isps-us.org People don’t like to think that Freud was right when he described them – us – as walking pinball machines of contradiction, our paths the sum-total of the many forces within us … Continue reading

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