Events & Conferences

Trauma and Psychosis: perspectives on psychodynamics @ Amnesty International
Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:45 pm

Trauma and psychosis: perspectives on psychodynamics

9.00 – 4.45pm, Saturday 26th November 2016

@ Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A


Brian Martindale, Dirk Corstens, Carine Minne, Ann Scott, Jo Stubley, Rai Waddingham, Jo Twist, Dolly Sen and John Read

Download: Conference Poster

It is widely accepted that trauma can increase the likelihood of someone experiencing psychosis. Yet, in a field that is continually evolving, there is no simple answer to the question of how best to help someone struggling with psychosis to work through their experiences in psychotherapy. This conference explores key issues in understanding and working with people who experience psychosis and the impact of traumatic life experiences. Reflecting the context that we live and work in, it will create a dialogue between those who practise psychodynamic psychotherapy and those who experience psychosis first-hand.

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Outline programme


9.30     Chair’s introduction – Ann Scott

9.45     Contemporary psychodynamic approaches to trauma – Jo Stubley & Dolly Sen

11.15    COFFEE

11.45    Contemporary psychodynamic approaches to psychosis – Carine Minne & Jo Twist

1.15       LUNCH

2.00      There will be an Open Space in which conference participants will be able to select topics and groups for discussion.

3.00      TEA

3.15       Contemporary approaches to voice hearing – Dirk Corstens & Rachel Waddingham

4.00      Summing up/reflections on the day – John Read & Brian Martindale

4.15       Panel discussion with all speakers

4.45       CLOSE

 Conference Fees

  • ISPS UK Members – £105
  • Non-Members – £125
  • Subsidised Rate* (ISPS UK members only), for low-waged (<£12K) people with lived experience of psychosis and their families – £31.50

*Subsidised rates are limited.  As well as offering these places to those listed above, we may be in a position to allocate a few subsidised rates to student members of ISPS UK, but students will need to apply to the ISPS UK office rather than booking directly on-line (please contact Ali at  Those with lived experience and their families may book directly on-line.

A limited number of free bursary places are available for low-waged (<£12K) ISPS UK members with personal experience of psychosis (either themselves or a family member) who have not recently benefited from a bursary place at one of our conference. Please e-mail Ali for more information.

If you would like to contribute to the ISPS UK bursary fund please click here.

For cancellations received more than one month before the date of the conference a 50% refund  will be offered; after this refunds will not be possible. However if you are unable to attend for any reason we are happy for you to send someone else in your place.

If you need an invoice, please include your purchase number in the email. This will make it much easier to find the necessary information.

Please contact Ali at to find out more about subsidised and/or bursary places.

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The 20th International Congress of the ISPS: Making Real Change Happen
Aug 30 – Sep 3 all-day

The conference will be about change on all levels – individual, services, and society. It will be about changing attitudes, mobilising public opinion, disseminating positive practice, and targeting new participants – aiming for a focus not just on the things that need to change, but on solutions and ways forward.

We are delighted that our plenary speakers confirmed so far include Alison Brabban,  Jacqui Dillon, Grainne Fadden, Kwame McKenzie, Jim van Os, and Rachel Waddingham. In addition to this we can now announce that Svein Friis, Jon Vidar Strømstad and Anne Berit Eie Torbjørnsen will give a joint presentation at the conference.

Booking will open shortly at . Meanwhile you can make sure you are informed as soon as booking starts by contacting