Events & Conferences

ISPS UK webinar series

Our next webinar is currently being planned.  Please check back again soon for more information.

If you have any queries please contact us at admin@ispsuk.org.

Sep
17
Wed
2014
Residential 14: From Diagnosis to Dialogue @ Stamford Court Conference Centre, University of Leicester
Sep 17 @ 9:15 am – Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm

The ISPS Residential Conference takes place every two years and is a great opportunity to catch up with the latest thinking in research and practice that supports psychological approaches to working with people experiencing psychosis.

Speakers include: Arnhild Lauveng, Marius Romme, Rachel Waddingham, Lucy Johnstone, John Read, Philip Thomas & Jaakko Siekkula

In particular there will be a focus on:

  • New and emerging approaches: open dialogue, mindfulness, recovery colleges, peer support, voice dialogue etc.);
  • The tensions and controversies surrounding new ideas and established practice;
  • The changing role of the voluntary sector;
  • The challenges of implementing emerging research based psycho-social practice.

Download: ISPS UK Residential 2014 Conference and Programme – Revised 04.08.14

Fees

Type Non-residential Residential Single Day Notes
ISPS UK Member £259 £313 £154 For current members of ISPS UK
ISPS UK Non-Member £319 £373 £184
Subsidised: Members £109 £163 £55 ISPS UK members who are service users, carers or on low wages (under £12K pa)
Subsidised: Non-members £119 £173 £65 As above, but for non-members

Book Your Place

We are taking bookings through Leicester University’s Shop@Le facility. Please view our Shop@Le site and choose the options that best suit your needs.

To enquire about reduced fee and bursary places and for more information please email Ali at admin@ispsuk.org.

Cancellation charges (percentage of total booking fee):

16+ weeks (up to May 26th) 10%
8-15 weeks (up to July 21st) 20%
4-7 weeks (up to August 18th) 40%
1-3 weeks (up to September 8th) 60%
Less than 1 week before 80%

Mar
18
Wed
2015
19th ISPS International Conference @ The Cooper Union
Mar 18 @ 9:00 am – Mar 22 @ 2:00 pm

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, seehttp://www.isps2015nyc.org or email isps2015nyc@natalieshear.com

May
15
Fri
2015
OPEN DIALOGUE: Experience in the UK @ 54 St James Street
May 15 all-day
  • Why is interest in Open Dialogue growing so fast in the UK?
  • What is the experience of Open Dialogue actually like?
  • Is it relevant for you – should you be getting involved?

This is a day for anyone wanting answers to these questions, and suitable for professionals of all disciplines, those who commission services, people with personal experience of psychosis or family members, and anyone trying to support people experiencing psychosis.

Contributors:

Anna Arabyskj, Corrine Hendy, Mark Hopfenbeck, Marc Hudson, Yasmin Ishaq, Val Jackson, Catherine Kinane, Peter Kinderman & Russell Razzaque

As well as covering the principles of Open Dialogue, recent UK developments, and the planned UK wide research programme, speakers will talk about their personal experience of: dialogical practice as client, family member and practitioner; participating in Open Dialogue in Norway; participating in UK training in Open Dialogue, with perspectives from a peer support worker and a psychiatrist; obtaining funding for Open Dialogue developments in the current climate of austerity.

There will be opportunity for first hand experience of dialogical practice.

Please note: participant numbers will be limited to make this a worthwhile experience.

Download: ISPS UK Open Dialogue – May 2015 Final_web

DownloadOD draft programme 25 03 15

Fees

Discounted rates are available to ISPS UK members and groups of 4 or more from the same clinical team.

Subsidised rates are available to low waged (under 12k pa) ISPS UK members with personal experience of psychosis (self or family member).

A small number of free bursary places are also available for those eligible for subsidised rates. Please email admin@ispsuk.org for more information.

* No refunds for cancellations made after April 14th 2015 *

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Jul
11
Sat
2015
Walking Alongside? @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Navigating the tensions and opportunities for collaboration between lived and professional experience of psychosis.

10.00 – 4.30pm, Saturday 11 July 2015

@ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre,
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

Contributors:

A mix of people with lived experience of psychosis, ‘carers’ and professionals who will speak from their own experience of these issues to stimulate frank, respectful and open discussion.

Download: Walking Alongside? Flyer | ISPS UK Walking Alongside Programme – Final_web

About:

Most of us would agree that we need to work together to create real and sustainable changes in those services that seek to support those with lived experience of psychosis and their loved ones. However, these collaborations can be hampered by underlying tensions that often go unspoken and unexplored.

This event provides a safe and inclusive space where we can respectfully hear from many different voices. Rather than filling the air with information, we want to create an opportunity for meaningful discussion stimulated by the input of people with varying types of experience. We want to openly explore a) what gets in the way of walking alongside one another and b) how can we address this?

Issues explored will include: language; power; risk; participation; culture; beliefs; rights; respect.

Fees

ISPS UK Members: Free (but we encourage people to consider making a donation to help us cover costs)

ISPS UK Non-Members (unwaged): £10

ISPS UK Non-Members (waged): £30

Book Your Place

Please see Walking Alongside? – Book Your Place Now to book online, or contact Ali on the details above.
Sep
24
Thu
2015
Re-imagining Mental Health Nursing into the 21st Century @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Exploring our role supporting people with psychosis.

10.00 – 4.30pm, Thursday 24 September 2015

@ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre,
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

Contributors: Catherine Gamble, Carolyn Green, Lou Hamilton & Mark Earl

Download: ISPS UK Nursing Conference Flyer and Programme

Keynotes:

  • ‘The culture of nursing, compassionate care systems and psychosis’
  • Capitalising on the contribution of mental health nurses in psychosocial intervention implementation’
  • ‘Collaboration’

There are increasing calls for a paradigm shift in the way we deliver care for those who experience psychosis – moving from medical model understandings and treatment to a formulation based approach that draws on the individual’s lived experience.  Such a shift is a challenge, requiring a willingness to respect, attend to, explore and respond empathetically to the narrative of the carer and service user.

This conference will provide an opportunity to explore these challenges and identify the implications for mental health nursing practice in collaboration with our multi-disciplinary teams, service users and carers.

Combining keynote presentations with opportunities for group discussion, we hope to highlight the ‘lived experience’ of mental health nursing, with an emphasis on capturing the current reality for nurses in practice and exploring our evolving role and opportunities for future directions.

Fees

ISPS UK Members: £100

ISPS UK Non-Members: £125

Low-waged members*: £35

Low-waged non-members*: £50

Student Nurses: £25

* NHS Band 5 or below

Book Your Place

Please see Nursing Conference – Book Your Place Now to book online, or contact Ali on the details above.PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ISPS UK OFFICE IS CLOSED FOR ANNUAL LEAVE FROM 8/8/15 until the end of the month.  Please book on-line.  You will receive automatic booking confirmation from PayPal straight away, this will then be followed by an ISPS UK booking confirmation at the beginning of September.  Any invoices requested will also be sent out early September.  If you have any queries about this conference in the meantime please contact Neil Thomas (neil.thomas@sompar.nhs.uk).Please note there will be no refund for cancellation within a month of the conference (August 23rd).  Up until that date partial refunds may be available (rates vary on when cancellations are made and an admin fee of £10 will always be deducted).
Sep
7
Wed
2016
Therapeutic Relationships: Challenges for Mental Health services and those who use them @ Peter Chalk Centre
Sep 7 – Sep 8 all-day

Wednesday 7th – Thursday 8th September 2016

@ Peter Chalk Centre, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Contributors: Gwen AdsheadMarcus Evans, Suman Fernando, Mark Hopfenbeck, Eleanor Longden, Rose McCabe, Silje Marie Strandberg & Lone Viste Fagerland.

Download: ISPS UK Residential 2016 Flyer

NICE guidelines recommend ‘best practice’ based on a ‘model’ of care. However there is considerable evidence that the therapeutic relationship is as important if not more so than the approach used. Experts by experience, family members, friends and professionals from multiple and varied backgrounds come together to consider the importance of the therapeutic relationship throughout the lived experience of psychosis.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Personal accounts of what can help/hinder the development of therapeutic relationships
  • How organisations can help/hinder the development of therapeutic relationships
  • Specific difficulties in this area experienced by members of black and minority ethnic groups
  • Open Dialogue approaches
  • Compassion – for others, ourselves and our experiences
    Attachment theory – how this may help us understand relationships

In addition to speaker led sessions there will be a full programme of workshops and paper/research presentations covering a wide range of topics relevant to the conference theme. If you are interested in presenting then look out for the call for papers and workshop abstracts later on this autumn.

Book Your Place

Conference fees (accommodation not included and can be booked separately by following the link below)

  • ISPS UK Members – £260
  • Non-Members – £320
  • Subsidised Rate* (ISPS UK members only), for low-waged (<£12K) people with lived experience of psychosis and their families – £105

We are now offering 1 day places. These can be purchased online using the form below.

  • ISPS UK Members – £130 (Standard)
  • Non-Members – £160 (Standard)
  • Subsidised Rate* (ISPS UK members only), for low-waged (<£12K) people with lived experience of psychosis and their families – £55

Those attending for a single day on Wednesday 7th September can choose to book a place at our conference dinner for £25.

*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 admin@ispsuk.org).  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.

Book accommodation online: https://bookings.eventexeter.com

Please ensure you use booking code ISPS16 and select Holland Hall when booking your accommodation area. The website will state that the rooms are FULLY BOOKED but once you enter the booking code into the promotion box it will release the bedrooms that are on hold for ISPS and you will be able to book your accommodation.

Book conference on-line: ISPS UK Booking Page

Please note cancellation charges:
Up to June 30th – £25 admin charge
July 1st – August 9th – 65%
August 10th onwards – 100%

Nov
26
Sat
2016
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

Contributors:  

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

Download: ISPS UK Psychodynamic Conference Programme & 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.

Click here to book your place online


Outline programme

9.00     REGISTRATION, COFFEE

9.30     Chair’s introduction – Ann Scott

Perspectives on Trauma

9.45    The Therapeutic Relationship: What stays unsaid – Dolly Sen

10.15  Contemporary psychodynamic approaches to trauma – Jo Stubley

10.45  Discussion with Dolly, Jo and conference participants

11.15    COFFEE

Perspectives on Psychosis

11.45    Contemporary psychodynamic approaches to psychosis – Carine Minne

12.15    ‘If you see me you’ll die’: Understanding beliefs of toxicity and their impact on psychotherapy – Rai Waddingham

1.15       LUNCH

2.00      Open Space: A chance for participants to select topics that interest them for further small group discussion

3.00      TEA

Perspectives on Voice-Hearing

3.15       Discovering New Ways of Working with Voices: Psychodynamics and the Hearing Voices Movement – a dialogue with Dirk Corstens

4.00     Brief reflections on the day by John Read, Ruth Forrest and Brian Martingale, followed by discussion between all speakers and participants

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 admin@ispsuk.org).  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 admin@ispsuk.org to find out more about subsidised and/or bursary places.


Book Your Place Online

Aug
30
Wed
2017
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

See: www.isps2017uk.org

Parallel sessions: Schedule

Download: ISPS International Flyer

Program: http://programme.exordo.com/isps2017/

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

Jul
31
Tue
2018
Compassion & Compulsion: exploring the tensions faced by service users & clinicians when people experience psychosis. @ St Cuthbert's Church
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

David Pilgrim will do a presentation about the issues faced by mental health services when using coercion. Jen Kilyon and Neil Caton will then give a response to the paper after which we will open up to questions and comments from the audience.

David Pilgrim is Honorary Professor of Health and Social Care, University of Liverpool and Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton. He has published extensively in the field of mental health policy.

Jen Kilyon campaigns for genuine informed choice in mental health care where those who need it can be in a safe place that is right for them. She promotes respectful non-judgemental and family/network inclusive approaches to psychosis such as Open Dialogue. Jen is an ISPSUK and Soteria Network Trustee and helped to set up the first Soteria House in the UK.

Neil Caton has lived experience of psychosis and has several experiences of being admitted to psychiatric unit, one of which was compulsory. He will explore his experience of these admissions.

Neil has worked as an involvement worker for the early intervention service. He has been an ISPS trustee for 5 years and runs a hearing voices and paranoia group in Chorley.