News & Reflections

Peer Supported Open Dialogue Conference 2017

March  22nd  Regents  Hall  Oxford  Street  London

The  annual  Peer  Supported  Open  Dialogue  Conference  will  be  an  even  bigger  and  better  event  than  the  preceding  conferences, since as  a  movement  we  are  growing…..

The  March  Conference  will  highlight  the  exciting  development  of  the  last  year:  the  expansion  of  Open  Dialogue  trainings.  The  NELFT (AFT  accredited  course) will  now  be relocated  and  University  based  with  a  new  tranche  of  trainees  both  NHS  employed  and  international commencing in  January  2017.

We  are  on  the  verge  of  receiving  the  grant  to  run  the  largest  Open  Dialogue  Randomised  Controlled  Trial  (RCT)  in  the  world  within  the  NHS.  The POD  teams  have  been  trained and  are  being  established  in  Kent  (KMPT)  and  the North  East  London  Foundation  Trust  (NELFT)  to provide  the  basis  for  the  research.

The  POD  Conference  will  be  run as  a  series  of  dialogues  between  clinicians  and  service  users  with  the  focus  being  on  the  core  principles  of  Open  Dialogue to  help  gain  a  clearer  understanding  of  the  tenets  of  the  model. In  the  afternoon  we  have  a  special  guest  Professor  Doug  Zeidonis  from  the  University  of  Massachusetts Medical  School who  has  led  work  on  the  fidelity  criteria  for  Open  Dialogue, with  Mary  Olsen  and  Jaakko Seikkula.

The  Conference  has  received  considerable  interest  from  commissioners,  carers,  service  users and NHS clinicians so  book  your  tickets  fast or  you  may  find  we  are  booked  out!

You can book your tickets here

Jane Hetherington

Peer-Supported Open Dialogue Conference 2017

It’s that time of year again, when we start organising for our annual national POD conference. The 2017 event will be held at Regents Hall in Oxford St, London on March 22nd. We should have a number of commissioners and other senior NHS folk coming – now that we’re on the verge of receiving the largest grant for an Open Dialogue trial ever – and so we really want to showcase it again. This year we aim to run it as a series of dialogues, between a mix of clinicians and service users, with some focus on core principles. We’ll also have a special guest in the afternoon; Prof Doug Zeidonis from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who led the work on the fidelity criteria with Mary and Jaakko. And, as I write, there’s a chance Mary might be coming along as well.

Please go to the link below to book your tickets as soon as you can, and also please do promote and circulate it to your networks as widely as possible. Tickets are, again, on a donations only basis, which we have done to encourage as broad an attendance as possible, so please help us get the word out. You can book here.

Limited time offer for Savoy Conference




New Savoy 10th Anniversary Conference 

Psychological Therapies in the NHS

Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th March 2017

Millennium Conference Centre, London





2017 marks the 10th anniversary for the New Savoy conferences: a decade in which we have seen industrialization of delivery models for evidence-based psychological therapies.  A decade ago we set out to reform mental health – the 2nd greatest revolution since closing the asylums: reducing the burden of depression through IAPT. Yet today we see unprecedented rates of anti-depressant prescribing and rising suicide rates. Where did we go wrong? We have invited some of the key players to reflect candidly on what we might have done differently, the serious challenges we face today, and their insights for the tough decade ahead.

Download more information through the flyer here

Deadline Abstract Submission ISPS 2017

There are just a few days left to submit your abstract for ISPS 2017


We encourage you to submit a paper, poster, symposium or workshop on any of our linked themes before the end of Sunday January 15th

 Please go to


Registration:   We anticipate a full house, so why not 

make an early bird registration before 31st January

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If you go to just one conference in 2017, 

this is the one not to miss. 

See you in Liverpool!

ISPS UK committee nominations

Nominations are open once more for new committee members, so we welcome all ISPS UK members to consider making nominations. The committee especially needs people who will help increase our diversity, and also people with financial skills.  Closing date is the 8th of July. For further details please contact Ali Haddock.

Experiences of Anti-depressant and Anti-psychotic Medication Survey

The largest survey in New Zealand on antidepressants has just been published and is available through the following link:

GIBSON, K., CARTWRIGHT, C., READ, J. (2016). ‘In my life antidepressants have been….’:  A qualitative analysis of users’ diverse experiences of antidepressants. BMC Psychiatry, 16, 135. doi: 10.1186/s12888-016-0844-3

Following this a new survey is now available through this link:

This survey is international and is meant for people who have experience in taking either antidepressant or antipsychotic medication. The above link can be sent to any individuals/groups/organisations/websites etc who might be willing to disseminate it. If you send it on, please cc John Read (, so he can keep track of the activity.

Win a free place at the ISPS conference – Trauma and psychosis: psychodynamic perspectives

ISPS UK is currently offering a free student place at its next psychodynamic conference on 26th November 2016.  More information about the conference is available here.

The place will be awarded to a student who offers the best short article on the topic: Is psychoanalytic thinking still relevant to psychosis?:  the work of Murray Jackson, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Entries should be typed, no more than 500 words, and submitted to by 30.8.16.  Results will be announced by 30.9.16.   Students of all disciplines are welcome to apply, including part time and  postgraduate students and those undertaking psychotherapy training.  NB. Material submitted to this competition may be published in whole or part through ISPS channels.

For participants unfamiliar with Murray Jackson’s work,  a useful starting point might be the recent ISPS book Creativity and Psychotic States in Exceptional People by Murray Jackson and Jeanne Magagna. ISPS members can purchase this at a discounted price by logging on to the members’s section of the website.

We are very grateful for the donation that has supported this prize.

Competition: Share your views on Creativity and Psychotic States in Exceptional People and win £75 worth of books

In 2015, ISPS was proud to add to its book series Creativity and Psychotic States in Exceptional People  by Murray Jackson and Jeanne Magagna.  This volume brings  a psychoanalytic perspective to the lives of four individuals of exceptional creative talent (John Nash, Vaslav Nijinsky, Jose Saramago and Vincent van Gogh) and is written not just for psychoanalysts but for anyone interested in understanding more about  psychoanalytic ideas, and about the origins of creativity.

We are now offering a prize of £75 worth of Routledge books for the best review of this book, and a £50 book token for the runner up.  We are hoping for submissions from a wide range of professional and lived experience perspectives.  Entries should be typed, no more than 500 words, and submitted to by 31.10.16.  Entries need to be reviews which have not been previously published or commissioned.  The prize will be presented at the next ISPS UK psychodynamics and psychosis conference on 26th November  2016. NB. Reviews submitted to this competition may be published in whole or part through ISPS channels or, with the author’s agreement, submitted for publication elsewhere.

Further information about the conference is available here. ISPS members can purchase the book at a discounted price by logging into the members’ section of the website.

We are very grateful for the donations of prizes from members and from Routledge.