Slowing Psychiatry: Would That Improve Treatment?

The next ISPS-US online meeting/webinar will be titled “Slow Psychiatry: A Way forward” with Sandra Steingard, M.D. presenting her perspective and then answering questions and participating in discussion. This will occur on Monday May 23 2016, 4:20 PM EDT

In this meeting, Dr. Steingard will discuss the problems that have arisen from an overly medicalized approach to conceptualizing what falls under the label of psychiatric conditions. She will then propose a model in which psychiatry continues to assume an expert role in the use of psychoactive drugs but does so in a drug-centered rather than a disease-centered way. She will explain the distinction between these approaches. She will then discuss need-adapted approaches and will outline how psychiatry, using a drug-centered model, can work with people in distress, their families, and other clinicians in a more humane and democratic way.

There will be time for questions and discussion, including looking at how these ideas might be applied in specific practice situations.

Sandra Steingard, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer, Howard Center, Burlington, Vermont and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University Of Vermont College of Medicine. For over 20 years her clinical practice has primarily included patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. She was a local principal investigator at a NAVIGATE site for the NIMH sponsored Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) Early Treatment Program, she studied for two years at the Institute for Dialogic Practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, and she worked for nine months as a consulting psychiatrist to Pathways Soteria Vermont.

She is on the Boards of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care and Mad In America Continuing Education. She is also on the board of National Alliance of Mentally Ill – Vermont from whom she received an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1996. She was named to Best Doctors in America in 2003. She recently helped to create the Critical Psychiatry Network – North America. She writes a blog called Anatomy of a Psychiatrist on the website “Mad in America Science Psychiatry and Community”,

If you would like to read up on her ideas in advance of the meeting, you can check out Slow Psychiatry: Integrating Need-Adapted Approaches with Drug-Centered Pharmacology or other posts at Mad in America

ISPS-US online meetings are free to ISPS members, with a donation of $5-$20 requested from others, though no one turned away for lack of funds. Please do register if you want to attend!

These meetings are recorded and shared on the ISPS website for later viewing.

To register, go to

About Ron Unger

I am a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who works with people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, using a respectful and skill building approach called cognitive therapy for psychosis. I also talk and teach seminars related to this approach. You can read more about me and about how I became interested in this field by going to my blog,, and clicking on the tab "about Ron Unger."
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