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ISPS promotes psychological and social approaches to psychosis

ISPS UK is the United Kingdom network of the International organisation ISPS – International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (formerly known as the International Society for the Psychological Treatment of the Schizophrenias and other Psychoses).

This website brings together information about the work of ISPS UK (including our events and networking opportunities) alongside information on ‘psychosis’ and a range of approaches towards supporting people in distress and their families/friends.

Why Does ISPS UK Exist?

ISPS draws together individuals who are interested in the psychological understanding and treatment of the psychoses and supports those who want to develop psychological approaches in their own places of work.

ISPS works to promote greater knowledge of the different psychological approaches to psychosis and psychotic experiences – psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, arts-based, family and holistic approaches – and their better integration with each other and with pharmaceutical approaches.

ISPS provides a place where professionals, service users and carers can share their ideas, hopes and struggles, and can examine their differences in constructive dialogue and debate.

What Does ISPS UK Do?

  • Organises national and regional conferences and workshops on key issues
  • Supports the development of local groups and special interest groups
  • Promotes good practice in psychological approaches to psychosis
  • Publishes a regular newsletter with in depth reviews of books and conferences
  • Provides a lively, widely-used email discussion list
  • Links with ISPS networks in other countries

And ISPS International?

  • Publishes the highly respected scientific journal Psychosis
  • Publishes a series of books by leading practitioners
  • Organises a biennial international conference