Local Organising Committee



Margreet de Pater Retired Community Psychiatrist
Developed familywork for psychosis in the Netherlands Chair ISPS Lowlands and member of EC int.

Ludi van Bouwel Psychiatrist/psychotherapist UPC KU Leuven, campus Kortenberg ( Belgium)
Developed early intervention team for psychosis (Belgium) Boardmember ISPS Lowlands and member EC ISPS
Victor Kouratovsky Clinical psychologist and Child and Adolescent Psychologist Specialist NIP.
Specialist in (trans)cultural psychiatry Boardmember ISPS Lowlands
Monique de Koning Specialist at community health care at the municipal government of the city of Utrecht, Netherlands
Building coalitions the field of (mental) health care and facilitating experience-based initiatives Communication scientist and former social worker Lived experience with psychosis. Boardmember ISPS Lowlands
Antonia Svensson ISPS International

Peter Kwanten Communication and Content
Bernice Beukenkamp Senior Conference Manager

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Fred Steenwinkel Director Pensionfund
Board member Ypsilon (association of caregivers for schizophrenia)

Conference Organisation Commitee

Brenda Froyen – Dag van Wetter – Eddo Rats – Erik Thys – Felizberto Lopes Martins da Veiga – Fons van der Kar – Frans Ginjaar – Fred Balvert – G.A. Francken – Henk Oosterling – Jeanny Severijns – Jeroen Zwaal – Joris Corthouts – Lut de Rijdt – Peter Dierinck – Wouter Kusters


Join ISPS before you register and enjoy a reduced conference fee

If an ISPS group exists in your country please join ISPS through your regional group  ISPS Regional groups determine the membership fees for their individual members. These are usually substantially cheaper than Individual Membership of ISPS International with the same benefits.



ISPS Membership benefits include

  • Four issues per annum of the ISPS Journal: ‘Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches’
  • Online access to all Psychosis issues
  • You will receive the ISPS Newsletter three to four times per annum (via e-mail)
  • You can join one of our many e-mail discussion groups
  • Reduced rates at ISPS international conferences further information
  • 20% discount on books in the ISPS series published by Routledge

Welcome to ISPS

ISPS is an international organization promoting psychotherapy and psychological treatments for persons with psychosis (a term which includes persons diagnosed with “schizophrenia”). We are committed to advancing education, training and knowledge of mental health professionals in the treatment and prevention of psychotic mental disorders. We seek to achieve the best possible outcomes for service user/survivors of psychosis by engaging in meaningful partnership with health professionals, service user/survivors, families and carers.
The ISPS Charter of Good Practice in Psychological Therapies for People Experiencing Psychosis



ISPS was founded by Gaetano Benedetti and Christian Müller, two young psychiatrists who wanted a more humane treatment for people with psychosis. ISPS has been organising international and regional conferences ever since 1956. Learn more about the history of ISPS at the ISPS website

ISPS carries on promoting psychological and social approaches even in times when it is not in fashion to do so. ISPS has a tradition of dialogue: clinicians from different therapeutic approaches, researchers, people with lived experience and family members are all in conversation with each other through ISPS.