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Friday, Oct. 28: Pre-Conference

Photonics Center, Colloquium Room, 9th Floor (Earn up to 5 CE/CME hours Friday.)
8:15-9:15 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:15-9:30 a.m. Welcome

9:30-10:45 a.m. Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP Women and Madness in Context: Social Versus Personal Constructions of Identity and Becoming (1.25 CE/CME hours)

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Annie G. Rogers, PhD Incandescent Alphabets: Psychosis and the Enigma of Language (1.25 CE/CME hours)

12:15-1:45 p.m. Lunch on Your Own

1:45-2:45 p.m. Matcheri Keshavan, MD Neuroscience, Neurobics, and Schizophrenia (1 CE/CME hours)

3:00-4:30 p.m. James Tyler Carpenter, PhD, Ronald Abramson, MD, Harold J. Bursztajn, MD & Brian Koehler, PhD A Discussion: Psychotherapy and Neurobiology (1.5 CE/CME hours)

4:45-6:15 p.m. Reception and Tribute Hors d'oeuvres & cash bar. Open to all conference attendees.

Saturday, October 29: Main Conference

One Silber Way, 9th Floor (Earn up to 6.5 CE/CME hours Saturday)
8:15-9:15 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:15-10:30 a.m. Keynote Address: Michael Stein, JD, PhD Legal Capacity and Mental Disability: A Need for Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue (1.25 CE/CME hours)

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pat Wright, MEd, Georgia Case, Joan Fiset, MA, Judy E. Murray, RN & Cindy Peterson-Dana, MA, MEd The First ISPS-US Family Plenary Panel (1.25 CE/CME hours)

12:00-1:15 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
Family Members Lunch: Meet with others following the panel to continue the discussion. Nud Pob Thai Cuisine, 738 Commonwealth Ave. Sign up at the registration table. Wheelchair accessible.

1:15-2:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions (1 CE/CME hour)

  • Charles Boisvert, PhD Mind Stimulation Therapy - An Innovative Model for Working with Schizophrenia
  • Martin A. Cosgro, PhD Psychotherapy in Prison and the Community: Understanding the Developmental Implications of Trauma in Psychosis
  • Lisa S. Forestell & Rebecca Miller, PhD Experts by Experience Panel: Psychotic Experience in Life Context
  • Marie C. Hansen, MA Social and Psychological Approaches to Postpartum Psychosis
  • Deborah Jordan, RN, MEd & Bill Cahalan, PhD Recovery Needs Community: Creating a Grassroots Network for Advocacy and Support

2:25-3:25 p.m. Breakout Sessions (1 CE/CME hour)

  • Ghislaine Bourdon & Ronald Abramson, MD From Depths of Despair to Heights of Happiness
  • Françoise Davoine, PhD Making Sense of Family Tragedies Across the Generations: A Guide to Understanding the Role of Intergenerational Trauma on Your Family
  • Omar Sultan Haque, MD, PhD & Harold J. Bursztajn, MD The Ethics of a Biological Psychiatry
  • Lawrence E. Hedges, PhD, PsyD, ABPP Erotization of the Transference-Countertransference Matrix
  • Lauren A. Utter, PsyD & Liz B. Espinoza, LCSW Early Intervention for Psychosis: A Participant's Recovery Journey

3:25-3:50 p.m. Poster Sessions / Coffee Break (Not for credit)

  • Debra Kram-Fernandez, PhD, MSW, MS & Smita Ekka Ewan, PhD Social Worker Attitudes Towards the Recovery Perspective for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness
  • Crystal C. Ramirez, PhD Subjective Experiences of Treatment for Psychosis: A Phenomenological Analysis
  • Ruvanee P. Vilhauer, PhD Spontaneous Reports of Voice Hearing in the General Population: An Analysis Using a Novel Method

3:50-4:50 p.m. Breakout Sessions (1 CE/CME hour)

  • Elahe Hessamfar, PhD A Theological Interpretation of Psychosis
  • Lauren K. O'Connor Dual Self-Stigma: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Persons Diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness
  • Burton N. Seitler, PhD An Unassuming Rationale for the Creation of a Research Journal of Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Ira Steinman, MD HEALING--perhaps CURATIVE--Intensive Outpatient Psychotherapy of Psychosis

5:00-6:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions (1 CE/CME hour)

  • Alexandra L. Adame, PhD The Psychiatric Survivor Therapist Dual Identity
  • Bertram P. Karon, PhD, ABPP Who am I to Treat This Seriously Disturbed Person?
  • Brian Koehler, PhD From Reductionism to the Person: Using a Convergence Science Approach to the Phenomena we call 'Psychosis'
  • Peter M. Pascatore, MA A 21st Century Demonological Neurosis
  • Charles E. Turk, MD A Lacanian View of the Resolution of an Impasse

6:30-9:30 p.m. Dinner at Trident Bookstore & Café, 338 Newbury Street, Boston (2 stops on the T from Blandford Street). Wheelchair accessible. We have reserved the upstairs of this independent bookstore/café for a buffet dinner. Includes soda, coffee & tea. Cash bar for beer and wine. Vegan options available. Guests are welcome. Space is limited to 60 attendees. You must prepay to attend. See registration form.

9:30 p.m. Students and Early Career Dessert and Drinks at Sonsie, 327 Newbury St., Boston. Join us across the street from Trident Café to enjoy a late evening with other students and early career people attending the conference. Pay as you go. Sign up at the registration table on Saturday. Wheelchair accessible.

Sunday, October 30: Main Conference

One Silber Way, 9th Floor (Earn up to 7 CE/CME hours Sunday.)
8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions (1 CE/CME hour)

  • Dalia S. Manjarres Cohen, Alyssa Fredrick, MA, Ewelina Lakomy & Sandra Steingard, MD Psychiatric Heuristics: Contrasting Conceptualizations of Brain Functioning
  • Anthony J. Pavlo, PhD, Larry Davidson, PhD & Sacha Alexander Tikhomirov-Lawrence, CPsychol AFBPsS Collaboration and Constructive Listening: Perspectives on Diagnosis and Delusion
  • Narsimha Reddy Pinninti Yoga and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis (Y-MBCTp) as a Brief Therapy: Data and Training Implications
  • Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD, Benjamin K. Brent, MD & Erin B. Seery, MD Psychotherapy with Delusions: A Mentalization-Based Perspective
  • David W. Wilson, MEd. Engaging and Building Successful Therapeutic Relationships With Psychotic Spectrum Community Corrections Clients

10:10-11:25 a.m. Honoree Address: Rachel (Rai) Waddingham Rethinking Taboo & Violent Voices (1.25 CE/CME hours)

11:35 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Casadi "Khaki" Marino, PhD, Diana Babcock, Lisa Forestell, & Kevin Healey Experts by Experience Plenary (1.25 CE/CME hours)

12:50-2:00 p.m. Open Board Meeting / Bag Lunch / Book Readings

  • Claire L. Bien, MEd Hearing Voices, Living Fully: Living with the Voices in My Head
  • Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP Psychoanalysis and Literature: The Stories We Live
  • Ty Colbert, PhD Breakdown or Breakthrough: How to Recover and Grow from a Diagnosis of "Schizophrenia" and Other Conditions: An Educational Start-Up Program Workbook
  • Joan Fiset, MA Namesake
  • Narsimha Reddy Pinninti, MD Brief Interventions for Psychosis: A Clinical Compendium
  • Ira Steinman, MD SELF PSYCHOLOGY and PSYCHOSIS: the Development of the Self during Intensive Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia and the other Psychoses

2:00-3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (1.5 CE/CME hours)

  • Ronald Abramson, MD, Harold J. Bursztajn, MD, Irene C. Coletsos, MD, Susan G. Lazar, MD & Mark F. Poster, MD The Mystery of Consciousness
  • Steve A. Cadwell, PhD & James Tyler Carpenter, PhD Wild & Precious: A Performed Case Study of Extreme States
  • Uma C. Millner, PhD, Kimberleyann Green, Sarah Satguman, LCSW & Kathryn VesselOpening Doors:Using Career Guidance Strategies to Help Individuals with Psychiatric Conditions Find Meaningful Work
  • Alexander W. Smith, MA, Zelda G. Alpern, MSW, Edward Altwies, PsyD, Lisa C. Dobkowski MA/LCMHC, Amy Morgan, LICSW Incorporating Open Dialogue and Needs-Adapted Network Approaches in Community Mental Health Services in the US

3:30-3:40 Coffee Break

3:40-4:40 p.m. Breakout Sessions (1 CE/CME hour)

  • Joseph I. Abrahams, MD Circles of Change: An Adventure in Therapeutic Community at Atascadero State Hospital
  • Michael D. Garrett, MD An Annotated Commentary on I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: Psychotherapy Theory and Technique
  • James E. Gorney, PhD & Ann-Louise S. Silver, MD Hope and Hopelessness in the Treatment of Extreme States: Harold Searle?s Legacy and the Challenges of Addiction
  • Kevin Healey What Does it Mean to Be 'Expert by Experience' and How Might We Get There?
  • Ashis Roy, MA Limitlessness and Fragmentation

4:50-5:50 p.m. Breakout Sessions (1 CE/CME hour)

  • Chelsea H. Bagias, PsyD Working with the Themes in Delusions and Voice Hearing
  • Ross Ellenhorn, PhD & Tom Stockmann, MD A Dialogue on Open Dialogue: Its Use Across Borders and Modalities
  • Rebecca B. Jaynes, MA, LCPC PIER Program of Portland, ME: Combining CBTp, Multi-Family Group and Multidimensional Treatment for Early Psychosis
  • Sarah Kamens, MA, Ryan Scanlon, Frederick J. Wertz, PhD & Denise C. Maratos, EdM Reconceptualizing Psychosis: Perspectives from Theory and Research
  • Ross Tappen, MA, Tau Harris & Sara Markowitz, PhD A Contrapuntal Understanding of Recovery: Three Voices

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