Making Real Change Happen
Welcome to Liverpool 2017
The 20th International Congress of ISPS will take place in the United Kingdom.
Wednesday 30th August – Saturday 2nd September, 2017
An Introduction to the Hearing Voices Network USA
The Hearing Voices Network (HVN) is over 25 years old and has chapters around the world in 26+ countries. It represents a partnership between individuals who hear voices or have other extreme or unusual experiences, professionals and allies in the community, all of whom are working together to change the assumptions made about these phenomenon and create supports, learning and healing opportunities for people across the country. Founded around the philosophy that those who hear voices, see visions and/or have other unusual experiences are not necessarily experiencing a symptom of illness, HVN groups create opportunities for people to discuss what happens for them in a non-judgmental environment that supports the process of making meaning and learning to walk through the world as a voice hearer. Spend an hour with Lisa Forestell and Marty Hadge, both voice hearers, as they introduce you to the history and values of the Hearing Voices movement. Perhaps, by the conclusion, you’ll want to get involved too!
About the presenters:
Lisa Forestell is a Director with the WMass Recovery Learning Community (RLC). She is a voice hearer, an HVN facilitator, train-the-trainer, and a member of HVN-USA Board of Directors dedicated to bringing HVN to the US. A staunch ally and peer to all those who choose their own life path regardless, in spite of and because of the obstacles they have faced.
Marty Hadge after years of receiving traditional mental health treatment, including multiple psychiatric hospitalizations, has found meaning and value to the experience of hearing voices and other extreme states through the healing environment of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community and Hearing Voice groups. Marty is a trainer for the HVN USA. He was a Key Note Speaker at 2113 Alternatives Conference and currently works as a Community Bridger for the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community.
CBT for Psychosis: An Online Course
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for psychosis is an evidence-based method to reduce distress and disability related to psychotic experiences, and to support a possible full recovery. Ron Unger LCSW, an ISPS-US member, is the instructor for this 5 hour/5 CE online course which you complete on your own time, with lifetime access to all course materials. Use this link for more information and to register - 50% of your tuition directly supports ISPS-US!
ISPS-US is pleased to announce the results of our officer election:
Jessica Arenella, PhD
Nancy Burke, PhD
Leah Rokeach, LCSW
Ron Abramson, MD
Congratulations to our new officers! They will take office on November 8.
The amendment question about whether to implement electronic voting in the next election was not able to be counted, because we did not receive ballots from 40% of eligible voters. We may have a special election between now and 2017 to revisit this question. For now we will continue to follow our bylaws, which require voting by mail.
Thanks to all members who participated in the election, and thanks to our current officers, Brian Koehler, Nancy Burke, Lori Kalman and K. Lowenthal, for their years of service
ISPS-US Institutes Sexual Harassment Policy
ISPS-US has issued a formal statement on discrimination and harassment and insituted a Sexual Harassment Policy.
Click here to download Policy (PDF) >>
ISPS Signs the Melbourne Hearing Voices Declaration
A Way Out of Madness
Dealing With Your Family After You've Been Diagnosed With A Psychiatric Disorder
Co-Written and Co-Edited by Daniel Mackler and Matthew Morrissey
Family conflict can wreak havoc on people diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. A Way Out of Madness offers guidance in resolving family conflict and taking control of your life. The book also includes personal accounts of family healing by people who were themselves psychiatrically diagnosed. This is the first book in our ISPS-US Book Series. Paperback now available. For more information or to purchase>>