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Two Important Conferences Coming Up

Registration is now open for the ISPS-US Twelfth Annual Meeting:

Beyond Pandora’s Box:
Exploring Integrative Approaches to Treating Psychosis

October 14-16th, 2011

Location:  San Francisco, CA

Keynote Speaker
Richard Bentall, Ph.D. Author of Madness Explained and Doctoring the Mind
“The Psychology of Paranoid Delusions “

Ann-Louise Silver, M.D. Founding President, ISPS-US. 
“Early Onset Psychosis: Do We Want It in the DSM-5?

I will also be presenting at that conference, with my topic being “Dialog at the edge of reason:  addressing spiritual issues within treatment for psychosis”

More information at

You can find the program at


Less than a month later will be the INTAR conference, see below.  I won’t make it to this conference, but it also looks good.

INTAR – Toronto Nov. 3-4 2011 Announced “Challenging Our Understanding of Psychosis and Exploring Alternatives for Recovery”

Challenging Our Understanding

of Psychosis and Exploring Alternatives for Recovery

November 3 & 4, 2011
University of Toronto, Hart House
Registration and conference details to follow.
Sponsored by INTAR and The Leadership Project.

This conference offers a unique opportunity to hear from a distinguished group of writers, clinical practitioners, researchers, advocates and activists who are foremost in their fields of critical psychiatry, psychology, education, journalism, community development and activism. Their inspiring work on psychosis, depression and recovery puts them in the vanguard of the push to transform mental health care. Join them as they present the case for a new perspective on psychosis, and humanistic, community-based alternatives for recovery.

Our Guests:

Robert Whitaker, “Anatomy of an Epidemic”
Richard Bentall, Ph.D. Deconstructing Schizophrenia
Sandra Escher, Ph.D. Hearing Voices
Dr. Philip Thomas, Critical Psychiatry
Rufus May, Ph.D Unusual Beliefs
Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, Psycho-Pharma Complex
Alisha Ali, Ph.D. Oppression/Depression
Dr. Michaela Amering Trialogue
Joe Goodbread PhD. Process Oriented Psychology
Julie Repper, Ph.D. Social Inclusion
Will Hall MAPW Psychiatric Drugs/Harm Reduction
Maria Haarmans CBT for Psychosis
Dr. Peter Stastny “Crisis or Opportunity”
Ron Bassman, Ph.D. “Inspiration, Hope & Possibility”


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