Join us in New Brunswick for the ISPS-US Fourteenth Annual Meeting



ISPS-US Fourteenth Annual Meeting

What's In A Name?:
Emerging Perspectives on the Intersection of “Schizophrenia” and “Recovery”

OCTOBER 4-6, 2013
Oct. 4: Pre-Conference: Focus on Early Career Professionals (Open to All)

At the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ
Two Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ  08901
732-873-1234 •

Jointly sponsored by the Lifespan Learning Institute for continuing education credit.
Hosted by the ISPS-US New Jersey Branch.

Keynote Speaker:  Debra Lampshire

Experience-based expert, professional teaching Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health Research Development at University of Auckland and Project Manager for Auckland District Health Board in New Zealand,
A 360 Degree View of the World: An Expansive Approach to Madness

Honoree:  Daniel Fisher, MD, PhD

Psychiatrist, Founder of the National Empowerment Center, Experienced-based expert on recovery from schizophrenia, Author, Faculty at U. Mass Dept. of Psychiatry, Helping to adapt Open Dialogue to the U.S., Dialogical Recovery Approach: Using Severe Emotional States (AKA Schizophrenia) for Self-Integration

Featuring a Town Hall Meeting with ISPS International Chair, Brian Martindale, MD, FRCPsych, M. Inst. Psa.

This program will interest psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other mental health professionals, as well as members of the lay public, including service users and their families, who are interested in learning about the experience and treatment of psychosis.

About The Meeting

ISPS (The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) recently changed its name to eliminate the word “schizophrenia,” based on a growing international consensus that the stigmatizing impact of the term far outweighs the limited validity of the construct.  Our previous keynoter, Richard Bentall, PhD, has written persuasively that while there is scientific evidence for the existence of certain symptoms, there is no evidence for a unified “disease” called schizophrenia.  Even one of the so-called hallmark features of schizophrenia – auditory hallucinations – has been called into question by traumatologists, who cite evidence that hearing voices is a common feature of PTSD and dissociative disorders.  Professors Romme and Escher's research shows that hearing voices is a common occurrence among patients and non-patients.  Recovering voice hearer Ron Coleman has suggested that the phenomenon of “negative symptoms” is merely a description of people who are lost in their voice hearing experiences and too distracted or despondent to interact effectively with the outside world.  Others have found that “negative symptoms” are the manifestation of profound depression and demoralization, which are also common experiences among those diagnosed with schizophrenia.

What is it that one is recovering from and what does it mean to be in recovery or recovered?  Recovery has become a popular buzzword in mental health, but its definition is also controversial.  For some it means living with symptoms; for others it means elimination of symptoms.  Some use professional treatment including medication and consider themselves recovered because they lead highly functional lives.  Others consider dependence on prescriptions and therapists as indicators that one is not yet fully recovered.  Given that there are new challenges to ways of thinking about the experiences formerly defined as schizophrenic, it is time to reconsider what recovery from these experiences looks like.

Come, join us at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, New Jersey, and explore where interventions, research, and training in recovery are headed! Meet up with old friends and make new ones to develop an appreciation for and engage in dialogues about the complex dynamics and forces that characterize and challenge recovery from psychosis.


Co-Chairs:  Jessica Arenella, PhD and Lori Kalman, MSN, APRN, BC
Members: Berta Britz, MSW, ACSW, CPS, Marie C. Hansen, MS, Heather-Ayn Indelicato, PsyD, Michael A. Siglag, PhD,
Ross Tappen, MA


Marion Solomon, PhD, Bonnie Goldstein, PhD, Daniel Siegel, MD, Jessica Arenella, PhD, Karen Stern, MAT


Main conference fees may be refunded, minus a $15 administrative fee, prior to September 22, 2013. For the pre conference workshops (Oct. 4), the refund deadline is September 1, 2013. You must notify us in writing (by letter or email) if you wish to have a refund. In the event that the entire meeting is canceled, fees will be refunded. To lodge a grievance, and for all questions, please contact Karen Stern: or 610-308-4744.


Pre-registration is now closed. You may register at the meeting for the same rates.
We have plenty of room so we will not sell out.

Registration Fees

Member Professional Conference Fees (Price includes Continuing Education Hours of Credit.)
$540 3 days: Friday, Saturday AND Sunday
$400 Any 2 days
$240 Any 1 day
$150 Friday half day: morning or afternoon
Subtract $40 if no credit is needed.

Non ISPS member
Choose fee above and then add $20 to your total
OR Join ISPS-US at a discount: $90 Professional membership, $50 All others (membership through 2014)

Full-Time Student / Non-Prof. Family Member (no credit)
$240 3 days: Friday, Saturday AND Sunday
$170 Any 2 days
$95 Any 1 day
$60 Friday half day: morning or afternoon

Non-Professional Service User (no credit)
$120 3 days: Friday, Saturday AND Sunday
$85 Any 2 days
$45 Any 1 day
$30 Friday half day: morning or afternoon


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