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From DNA to Neighborhood:
Relationship and Experience in Psychosis – An International Dialogue
It is once again time for the world’s biggest and most important biannual international conference on the psychological and psychosocial approaches to psychosis.
Join us in the Big Apple for the 19th International ISPS conference, a big tent with an integrative focus on the psychological treatments of psychosis spanning the far reaching domains of our field –
- the range of psychotherapies,
- drama, arts, and music therapies,
- the interaction with genetics, epigenetics, and neurology
- subjective and lived experience of service users and families
- phenomenology and culture
– in fact, a wide range of treatment approaches crossing the spectrum “From DNA to Neighborhood.”
The conference will create dialogues and bridges among researchers and clinicians of widely different training, experience, and philosophy, as well as the people who have experienced psychosis themselves.
Dialogue can be risky but the potential benefits of creating bridges are clear. The conference structure will encourage mutual respect in open dialogue across a diversity of models and the boundaries of countries and cultures.
Plenary speakers will include:
- Aaron Beck MD, Founder of Cognitive Therapy
- Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, President of the American Psychiatric Association
- John S. Strauss MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
- Deborah Levy, PhD, Director, Psychology Research Laboratory, McLean Hospital
- Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH from the Center for Practice Innovations
- Larry Davidson, PhD of SAMHSA Recovery to Practice
- Jan Olav Johannessen, MD on early intervention
- Maurizio Peciccia, MD, Medical Director, Gaetano Benedetti Institute
- Ann-Louise Silver, MD on Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
- Keris Myrick, MBA, MS, service user and President of NAMI
- Bent Rosenbaum, MDSc on psychodynamic supportive therapy
- Tony Morrison, PhD on CBT for psychosis
- Mary Olson, PhD on Open Dialogue
Plus symposia, workshops and papers and posters from clinicians, researchers, and service users from around the world
Co-sponsored by the World Psychiatric Association.
Continuing Education and Continuing Medical Education offered by the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior (IAHB).
Co-chairs: Julie Kipp, PhD, LCSW and Brian Koehler, PhD
For more information, see: http://www.isps2015nyc.org or email email@example.com
The conference aims to:
1) Set the scene for the introduction of Peer-Supported Open Dialogue in KMPT, as a treatment approach for people experiencing acute psychological crises such as psychosis.
2) Understand this movement in the context of the national and international development of Open Dialogue as an approach with a significant evidence base that sees families and wider support networks included in treatment from the first contact.
3) Highlight the research evidence that has been created over the last two decades and describe the current situation in which various Trusts around the country, including KMPT, are being recruited to undertake a national RCT research programme starting in 2016.
4) Think about how the philosophy of the Open Dialogue approach may influence the wider transformation of mental health services over time.
International Keynote Speaker
JAAKKO SEIKKULA – Professor of Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.
Jaakko has been mainly involved in developing Family and Social Network based practices in psychiatry with psychosis and other severe crises. Since the early 80’s until 1998 he was a member of the team in Western Lapland in Finland for developing the comprehensive Open Dialogue approach, which Jaakko has since been studying both concerning the processes of dialogues and the outcomes in treatment of acute psychosis.
In the afternoon there will be other important speakers who will represent the viewpoints of those involved in the project, a discussion experience and a plenary.
Conference Fee – Free (including lunch and refreshments)
(Places will be available free of charge to Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Trust employees – allocated on a first come, first served basis)
Please see flyer for the application form and return asap to Learning and Development Department, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Priority House, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9PH. Tel: 01622 722193, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download: Open Dialogue Conference Flyer
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