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ISPS-US 17th Annual Meeting:
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wholeness in Extreme States

November 9-11, 2018 · Philadelphia, PA
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
The Call for Proposals is posted. Deadline is May 21, 2018.

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About the Meeting
As we gather together in this historic city of Philadelphia, we are aware that one of the central symbols of what is best in our country is the Liberty Bell, cracked and yet whole, stifled and yet resonant, emblematic of failure and of hope alike. When we look at the available resources for those who are struggling with psychosis and other anomalous experiences, we can both celebrate the supportive network of services, research and relationships that fill the spaces between us and bemoan the cracks in our communities and in our system of care, through which so many still fall.

In this, the ISPS-US 17th Annual Meeting, we welcome presentations that aim to fill the gaps -- to bridge the divide between where we are now and where we need to go, to connect people with optimal services, to bring us closer to one another through empathy and wisdom, and to make the spaces between us more liberating and alive. Join ISPS-US for a weekend of inspiration, support, and possibility as we work to transform the cracks in our communities, our continuum of care, and our understanding into fertile spaces where hope can thrive. Philadelphia, here we come!

We welcome proposals for presentations, papers, panel discussions, and creative or alternative formats focused on psychological and social approaches to psychosis or extreme mental states. We encourage interactive and experiential formats. A variety of perspectives and topics are welcome and we are interested in representing a diversity of voices. All professional disciplines, experts by experience, and family members are encouraged to submit proposals. Please share your knowledge, experience, energy, and hope.

Deadline and How to Submit a Proposal
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Proposals must be submitted online by May 21, 2018. Incomplete or late proposals will not be accepted. Proposals will not be accepted by mail or email. Questions about the submission process should be emailed to Karen Stern at Questions regarding content of proposals should be sent to Meeting Chair, Mark Richardson, PsyD at

ALL PRESENTERS MUST REGISTER AND PAY to attend the meeting. ACCEPTED PRESENTERS MUST SUBMIT ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK in a timely manner. THE CONTACT PERSON FOR PANELS IS RESPONSIBLE for keeping ISPS-US informed of any changes in contact information or if any presenters are unable to attend.

Conference Cosponsors

Photo by Tim Hawk courtesy of PHLCVB

ISPS-US announces the Rodney Waldron Memorial Scholarship Fund.

21st International ISPS Congress: Stranger in the City
On the circular relationship between alienation and psychosis and the healing power of human reconnection
28 August - 1 September 2019, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Psychosis is more common in big cities, defragmented neighborhoods and among migrants living apart


In this conference epidemiologic researchers, cultural scientists, clinicians and people with psychotic experiences and their families will discuss to answer this question and what to do about it.

Remember: the healing power of human reconnection

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

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis Recovery: A Group Program

"Slow Psychiatry: A Way forward" with Sandra Steingard, M.D.

"Promoting Healing After Psychosis: Using Holotropic Breathwork"

"Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy: Resiliency, Recovery & Flourishing"

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!

Working with Trauma, Dissociation, and Psychosis

A large body of research now indicates that trauma can be a cause of psychosis, with dissociation playing an important role. This online course will help you understand how this happens, and how to use CBT and other approaches to support work toward recovery. Ron Unger LCSW is the instructor, 6 hour/6 CE. Use this link for more information and to register - 50% of your tuition directly supports ISPS-US!

Videos are now available from the ISPS-US 16th Annual Meeting

Psychosis in Context: Exploring Intersections in Diverse Identities and Extreme States
November, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.
Videos for Purchase
1. Distinguishing Between Effective Help for Psychosis, and the Oppression of Individual and Cultural Differences
Ron Unger, LCSW

2. Honoree Address: Trauma, Psychosis and TIMBER Model to Treat Traumatic Psychosis
Narsimha Pinninti, MD

3. The Influencing Machine is Real: Intersections of Technology and Experience
Jessica Arenella, PhD and Trevor Temmen

You can purchase these and previous videos and audio from ISPS-US meetings here. All proceeds from video sales help cover ISPS-US's cost for professionally recording presentations at annual meetings. ISPS-US members and meeting attendees get an additional 50% discount on all purchases: email for more information.

Free Videos on YouTube:

1. Keynote Address: Sick or Gifted? Bridging the Connection Between Mental Health Issues and Spirituality 
Gogo Ekhaya Esima

2. Families: A Vital Link to Recovery
Pat Wright, MEd, Cynthia Rubin Brown, PsyD, MFT, Georgia Case, Anne Marie DiGiacomo, LCSW & Jason Jones

3. Developing and Implementing Radical Peer Support in Specialized Early Psychosis Programs
Nev Jones, PhD & Sascha DuBrul, MSW
4. Intentional Intersectionality in Early Psychosis Program Development 
Melissa D. Weise, MSW, LICSW & Julie R. Bermant, RN, MSN, APRN

5. The EASA Model of Coordinated Specialty Care for Early Psychosis: Shared Experience Informing Recovery
Ryan Melton, PhD, LPC, ACS, Nybelle Caruso, Natalie Cohrs, Michael Haines & Michelle Roberts

6. Experts by Experience Plenary
Casadi 'Khaki' Marino, PhD, LCSW, Michael Haines, Denise Maratos, EdM & Jennifer Hanley, DNP

Videos of the keynote presentations that were recorded at the 20th International Congress of the ISPS in Liverpool, August 2017 are available on the ISPS UK YouTube channel:

There is also a 'What is psychosis' film clip that might be a very valuable tool for events and trainings, as it's a good springboard for discussion.


ISPS-US is on the map! We are using the award winning DebateGraph cloud-based service to learn about and make decisions regarding complex issues regarding psychosis, madness, and mental health

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A Way Out of Madness
Dealing With Your Family After You've Been Diagnosed With A Psychiatric Disorder

A Way Out of Madness

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>>