‘Going Deeper into “Madness”: ISPS 2015′s International Dialogue’ Ron Unger on madinamerica

rungerGoing Deeper into “Madness”: ISPS 2015′s International Dialogue‘ Ron Unger, Mad in America, 23 November 2014

Recovery from “Schizophrenia” and other “Psychotic Disorders”

“As awareness spreads about there being something wrong with existing approaches to “psychosis” aka “madness.” Interest grows in exploring what to do instead.  One meeting place for exploring this question of “what to do” will be the ISPS conference in NYC in March 2015, which is titled “An International Dialogue on Relationship and Experience in Psychosis.”

“… one great article from the journal Psychosis, which you can access for free is “Spirituality and Hearing Voices:  Considering the Relation.)

ISPS publishes a number of books (listed here – anyone can use the access code “ISPS14” to get a 20% discount when buying ISPS books from Routledge (use that link) before December 31st, 2014.  The most popular book in that series has been “Models of Madness:  Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis” edited by John Read (who has extensively documented the links between childhood adversity and psychosis) and Jacqui Dillon, chair of the UK Hearing Voices Network and an international speaker and trainer.  This book is now in its second edition.

Finally, as a possible substitute or supplement to in-person conferences, ISPS is beginning to hold online meetings, which are expected to occur about monthly.  The first such meeting will be Friday 12/12/14, noon EST, featuring Bertram Karon on the topic of “Who am I to treat this person? What it feels like to treat a ‘seriously mentally ill’ person.”  Those who attend will have opportunities to ask questions and to share their thoughts.

For those of you not already familiar with Bertram Karon, you should know that he has extensive experience providing therapy for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and in researching such therapy, and is co-author of the book “Psychotherapy of schizophrenia: The treatment of choice.”   He was also recently interviewed on Madness Radio.  You can read a bit more about him, and also register for the online meeting, at https://ispswithkaron.eventbrite.com ….”

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