Events & Conferences

ISPS UK webinar 25 November

2.00pm-3.30pm GMT

Dismantling the master’s house*

In this webinar, our panel of speakers will present, discuss, and take questions around the subject of institutional racism within the mental health system.  With a focus on what that means in a time of global and righteous uprising.

We will also be announcing the launch of a documentary film project we’re supporting, which emerged following on from our 2018 conference on psychosis and institutional racism.

We are delighted to confirm that we’ll be joined by Suman Fernando, retired consultant psychiatrist who has been actively involved in both statutory mental health services and non-governmental organisations concerned with mental health in the UK.  Suman is also author of several books on ‘race and culture in mental health’ published between 1988 and 2018, including ‘Institutional racism in psychiatry and clinical psychology’ (2017) and co-editor of ‘Global Psychologies: Mental health in the Global South’ (2018).  Now Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, London Metropolitan University.

*Dismantling the master’s house refers to a quote from Audrey Lorde, who described herself as ‘black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet’.  The quote reads “the master’s tools will never dismantle the  master’s house”.

More details on speakers and tickets coming soon.

Save the date!

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

ISPS International 2017 FlyerMaking Real Change Happen

30 August – 3 September
@ University of Liverpool


Parallel sessions: Schedule

Download: ISPS International Flyer


Deadline for Abstracts: 1 December 2016

Deadline for Early Bird Bookings: 31 January 2017.

Plenary speakers include: Jacqui Dillon, Jim van Os, Kwame McKenzie, Alison Brabban, Grainne Fadden, Rachel Waddingham, Svein Friis, Jon Vidar Stromstad and Anne Berit Eie Torbjornsen.

Can a conference be a catalyst for change? It is exactly this wish that inspired the title and theme of the 2017 ISPS international congress.

Sadly this is a wish born out of frustration. Attitudes, practices and services too often seem barely touched by the steadily developing understanding of psychological and social aspects of psychosis and of what is helpful for people who experience it. So we aim for this conference to be not only about the valuable sharing of new research, ideas and developments, but also, as in the title, about making real change happen. The large number of organizations who have given their support to this conference can be seen here.

We are delighted to be meeting in the exciting city of Liverpool. Carl Jung saw it as ‘the pool of life’ and we hope its rich heritage (not just football and music!) will make it an energizing setting for a conference thinking about change. More information about the social programme will be available soon and meanwhile take a look at these ideas.

Delegates at previous international conferences have often commented on how ISPS events stand out. They point to the unique mix of opportunities not only to learn from high quality presentations, but also to join a rich dialogue between people with a wealth of experience and expertise, a fertile mix of professionals from a wide range of disciplines, and people whose experience and expertise comes through personal experience of psychosis.

ISPS conferences have also traditionally been warm and welcoming gatherings, where people go away feeling inspired and reinvigorated. We hope this one will be no exception and look forward very much to welcoming you to Liverpool in August 2017.

Alison Summers, Chair of ISPS 2017 organizing committee
Jan Olav Johannessen, Chair of ISPS