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ISPS-US 15th Annual Meeting

October 28-30, 2016
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Cosponsored by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University
Hosted by the ISPS-US Boston Branch.

The Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior (IAHB) is pleased to offer continuing education credit hours to counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, physicians, and certain other healthcare professionals for the ISPS-US 15th Annual Meeting. Please click here for complete details.

Keynote Speaker: Michael Stein, JD, PhD

Legal Capacity and Mental Disability: A Need for Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue:
Michael Ashley Stein holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and a longtime Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, he has also taught at New York University, Stanford, and William & Mary. Dr. Stein holds an Extraordinary Professor chair at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights, and a visiting professorship at the Free University of Amsterdam. An internationally recognized expert on disability law and policy, Dr. Stein participated in the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, works with disabled peoples organizations around the world, actively consults with governments on their disability laws and policies, advises a number of UN bodies and national human rights institutions, and has brought landmark litigation.

Honoree: Rachel Waddingham

Rethinking Taboo & Violent Voices:
Rachel “Rai” Waddingham is an experienced international trainer and development worker who specializes in innovative ways of supporting people who struggle with extreme states, including children, young people and people in prison who hear voices.

About the Meeting
Accessibility/Special Needs Accommodations
Continuing Education (CE/CME)
Abstracts, target audience, learning objectives and references
Presenter biographies
Saturday Night Dinner
Hotels and Map
Parking and Travel Information
Things to Do in Boston
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Your support furthers the mission of ISPS-US.

The Education Committee has held webinars on several topics, and recordings of the webinars are available below. They are free for members, and nonmembers are asked for a donation. Topics so far have included:

"Introduction to Dialogic Practice" with Mary Olson

"Madness and the Family: Practical Methods for Transforming Troubled Family Systems" with Paris Williams

Supporting the Transition from Passivity to Agency in Recovery

An Introduction to the Hearing Voices Network USA

Admitting Uncertainty about “Illness” and “Reality": A Key Step Toward Dialogue

Frieda Fromm-Reichmann and Her Current Relevance

Responding to Extreme States with Loving Receptivity: Honoring the Spirit's Transformative Journey

Bertram Karon on "Who Am I to Treat This Person?"


19th International ISPS Conference

From DNA to Neighborhood: Relationship and Experience in Psychosis
–An International Dialogue

The conference was held March 18-22, 2015, Cooper Union, New York City.
Conference attendees and ISPS-US members get a discount - you will receive an email with the code.

Pictures from the conference are available here:

Debra LampshirePast Annual Meeting resources available

Download updated Abstracts and References
from the ISPS-US 14th Annual Meeting >>

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View photos from the October 2013 ISPS-US 14th Annual Meeting in New Brunswick

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

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!

Why join ISPS?

View this video introduction, then find out about our exciting member benefits here!. You can also follow us on our blog, on Twitter, or on Facebook!




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

Dan FisherMember Spotlight

Dan Fisher, ISPS-US Honorary Member 2013
Read more about his work. >>

If you would like to be featured in a future Member Spotlight,
contact Karen Stern, Executive Director.




A Way Out of MadnessA 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>>

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