2017-International ISPS Conference in Liverpool UK

Registrationfilm about the International Congres in Liverpool UK 2017.

ISPS promotes psychological and social approaches to psychosis across the globe. Providing a place where professionals, service users and carers can share their ideas, hopes and struggles, and join together in constructive dialogue and debate.

The Stranger in the City

Proud to present a video with the STRANGER IN THE CITY story of @dias75614 @wijzijnlister



Time flies, so be sure to mark the dates in your calendar for the conference ‘Stranger in the City


Call for Papers


Stranger In the City

The International Society for Psychological and Social approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) organises her 21st conference in Rotterdam the Netherlands, August 28 – September 1, 2019, the theme being:

Stranger In the City; On the Circular Relationships between Psychosis and Alienation and the Healing Power of Human Reconnection.

Psychosis, migration status and cultural transition. Metastudies have shown that for (forced) immigrants the relative risk to receive a diagnosis of schizophrenia is up to eight times to that of others. In clinical practice in the Netherlands immigrants seem to be overly and chronically medicated for psychotic-like symptoms while there is no or limited access to new and successful psychological and social approaches. Lack of cultural sensitivity and biased diagnostic methodology are, in part, to blame for this.

How does it feel to be a non-Western immigrant in a Western country? What are the dynamics of becoming psychotic, what insights does this bring? How to understand what it means for the offspring of immigrants to grow up within a family with scarce social connections and a low social status?

​​​​The connection between social exclusion and psychosis

​​Someone with psychosis can become a stranger for the people who surround her or him. However, more and more research shows that this relationship is circular: being treated as and feeling a stranger promotes psychosis, makes one in other words psychosis prone. The risk is for instance much higher when you:

  • ​​originate from a non-Western country and are living in a Western country. The chances to become psychotic appear to be much higher for immigrants (esp. those of colour) than for people who have been living for generations in the same country, esp. when one has felt discrimination;
  • ​​moved a lot within a Western country or countries when young;
  • ​​ were bullied or otherwise excluded;
  • ​​grew up in a city or neighbourhood where people didn’t care about each other and were demoralized;
  • ​​are homosexual and do not dare to ‘come out’;
  • ​​are hard of hearing or deaf.

​​​​In short: when you don’t feel ‘at home’ or to belong you run a high risk to become psychotic.

In Western psychiatry psychosis is seen as a dangerous disease which must be treated thoroughly and quickly, primarily by medication and seclusion. ​​​​Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who want to cure can easily be experienced as enemies. Hospitalisations and esp. forced seclusions can be traumatic, while medication dulls emotions and often does not help in curing the problems that are bothering the person, like difficulty with thinking and functioning in study or work. Medication can make these problems even worse. Because of this, a vicious circle may start that makes people more and more alienated from themselves and their surroundings.

A different view on psychosis

​​Contrary to many psychiatrists and mental health professionals, the people that are themselves afflicted by a psychosis can have a view and an understanding of their experiences as being intense and real and closer to their real self.  Some understand and give meaning to their psychotic experiences as presenting a developmental crisis, a turning point in their lives, that brings them insight. Also, i​n other times and cultures, there seems to have been more occasion for psychotic experiences to be seen in a more positive light, e.g. as becoming a shaman or as representing special wisdom.

​​The 2019 ISPS conference is meant to discuss the nature of psychosis and alternative psychological and social ways to deal with it, and to empower the people afflicted by psychosis, especially the more vulnerable ones. Scholars, scientists and clinicians, will talk about their findings. An especially important place is reserved for those who themselves have had a psychosis or who are psychosis prone and can talk from experience and combine these experiences with their professional background and education.

​​​​Important subthemes are:


​​Addressing family members and others the focus will be on reconnecting the psychotic person with them and with larger society. ​​In this conference there will be much attention given to different modes of expression and to approaches and ways by which to reconnect as well as to alternative ways that people with psychotic experiences may find helpful, like addressing their bodily sensations.

​​Psychological approaches do not aim to fight the psychotic experiences but to cope with them and to come to terms with their special nature. For instance, someone with psychotic experiences can learn to find ways for these experiences not to take over. Or they can discover how memories of traumatic experiences can trigger them.

​​Connecting different therapeutic and cultural ways of understanding

​​In confronting and connecting the different views of therapeutic schools of thought, like cognitive-behaviour therapy and psychoanalysis, with what works, with what kind of problem, when and how, we hope to get a clearer view on the differences and the similarities and esp. their possible complementarity.

​​Prevention of psychosis: a political issue

​​A lot happens in early development and involves infant mental health while adolescence is also a critical period. More research is needed but we do know that it is important for parents and children to live in a safe neighbourhood and in an extended network, buffering stress.  A safe community is the responsibility of people from all origins as well as of policy makers, mayors, teachers, policemen and neighbours.



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Have you renewed your ISPS membership for 2019?

ISPS membership for 2019?

The next issue of the ISPS journal #psychosis will on its way to our members in just a couple of weeks. Ensure you renew your membership of ISPS now, to enjoy uninterrupted membership benefits.

Haven’t joined ISPS yet?

Here are 4 good reasons why you should join us:
1) Members enjoy reduced delegate fees at ISPS conferences, such as Stranger in the City in Rotterdam this summer #isps2019
2) Members receive 4 issues of Psychosis per year and also have online access to previous issues of the journal
3) 20% discount on books in the ISPS series published by Routledge
4) By joining ISPS you can connect with over 1,500 people around the world – who share your interest in psychosocial treatments for #psychosis – through our email discussion groups and regional meetings

boek psychoses

De preconference workshops op 28 Augustus 2019

De sprekers van de preconference workshops zijn nu bekend. We zijn nog in onderhandeling of zij 2 workshops van een halve dag of een van een hele dag zullen geven. Er zijn 6 workshops en een excursie :

Open Dialogue, georganiseerd door Dienke Boertien en Dag van Wetter. Wat is open dialogue? Zie in het kort wat Jaakko Seikula daarover zegt.

Acceptance en Commitment therapy door Joe Oliver.

Joe Oliver is een van de belangrijkste ontwikkelaars van deze benadering. Dankzij bemiddeling door Joris Corthouts hebben we hem kunnen strikken. Wat is ACT? Bekijk het filmpje Demons on the boat.

Verstandig omgaan met (afbouw van) medicatie, Will Hall.

Zie pharmaceuticals risk and alternatives. Voor bezorgde psychiaters: Will’s workshop is een schitterend voorbeeld van motiverende gespreksvoering.

Verstandig omgaan met weed door Devi Hisgen.

Veel mensen met psychose ervaring willen graag weed blijven gebruiken, om kalmer van te worden? De Nederwiet zit helaas vol met psychose verwekkend THC. Wat is verstandig om te doen? Ga in gesprek en op excursie met ervaringsdeskundige herstelmedewerker Devi Hisgen.


Devi Hisgen
Hersteldeskundige bij Pameijer
Nieuwland,, Provincie Drenthe, Nederland

Omgaan met djinns/ het cultural formulation interview met Victor Kouratovsky

Transculturele therapie is voor mij een roeping. Ik werk voor het ETT omdat ik verder wil bijdragen aan goede hulp voor mensen van diverse achtergrond en afkomst.

Opleiding en werkervaring:

Ik ben Klinisch psycholoog en ruim 30 jaar werkzaam in het centrum van Rotterdam; vooral met vele van de 170+ nationaliteiten en afkomsten.

Onderscheiding: In 2015 onderscheiden voor mijn bijdragen aan de interculturele psychologie.


dr. Victor Kouratovsky

Klinisch psycholoog

Samrad Ghane.

Patients’ self-reports of explanatory models (EMs) are sensitive to distortions, particularly as a result of social desirability, uncertainty towards one’s own beliefs, and ethnic disparities with the interviewer. In contrast, reaction-time-based indirect measures are thought to be less sensitive to such factors. This article reports on two studies that applied direct (interview) and indirect (reaction-time-based association task) measures of EMs. Study 1 found evidence for the convergent validity of the direct and indirect measures, indicating that the two measures were essentially related. Furthermore, social desirability and uncertainty towards one’s beliefs affected the association between the measures on two categories of EMs. Study 2 showed that, unlike the self-reports of EMs, indirect measures were less sensitive to the ethnicity of the interviewer. The nature of the indirect measure, and the construct that it measures, are discussed.


Samrad Ghane

Hoe overbrug je de kloof met mensen met psychose ervaring en hun familie uit een andere cultuur?

  • Hoe leiden trauma’s tot psychose?

Amy Hardy
King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust · Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
(aangeraden door David van de Berg) deed er onderzoek naar.


Amy Hardy

Kwartier maken:

Stijn Vanheule samen met Peter Dierinck.

Wat is kwartier maken?


Stijn Vanheule


Peter Dierinck


[vc_headings borderclr=”#9a3324″ title=”DEBRA LAMPSHIRE” titleclr=”#9a3324″]Ze kan zaterdag 19 januari in de ochtend een workshop houden in Rotterdam. Belangstelling? Laat het ons weten!
Kosten 50 euro.[/vc_headings]

Debra zal een van de voorzitters zijn op de 2e congresdag van Stranger in the City, die zal gaan over de overbrugging van de kloof tussen iemand die psychotisch is en de anderen. Debra is zowel ervaringsdeskundige als docente aan de verpleegkunde opleiding van de universiteit van Auckland (Nieuw Zeeland) . Zie verder Wikipedia.en haar TED lezing

Ze is lid van het internationale bestuur van de ISPS en in dat kader komt ze voor een vergadering op 19 januari naar Nederland, deels op kosten van het congresbudget. We willen met haar de opbouw van de 2e dag doorspreken.

En door haar persoonlijke ervaring en door haar uitgebreide wetenschappelijke kennis over psychose is zij in staat hulpverleners en mensen met psychose ervaring te verbinden.

We organiseren haar workshop noodzakelijkerwijze op korte termijn. Als je belangstelling hebt laat het ons weten!

De workshop van Debra gaat door op 19 januari in Rotterdam.


Ettaouhid  | Schietbaanlaan 100a  | 3021 LN Rotterdam


De workshop van Debra gaat door op 19 januari in Rotterdam.


Ettaouhid  | Schietbaanlaan 100a  | 3021 LN Rotterdam

Cash prizes and a free book

[vc_headings borderclr=”#9a3324″ title=”Cash prizes and a free book” titleclr=”#9a3324″]for the 3 best posters at the biennial ISPS International Congress!


The awards committee will consist of three members of the ISPS International Executive Committee.
Winners will be informed by the Friday afternoon of the conference.
Each of the winners will also be invited to select a complimentary book of their choice from the ISPS book series, from the Routledge book stand, during the conference.
The winners will be announced during the closing ceremony of the conference.
The award money will be paid via bank transfer after the conference.

NB: All accepted posters will be considered for a prize, with the exception of posters that were not exhibited and presented by at least one author on the day of the poster presentations.


I´m a clinical psychologist from Brazil.


Carolina Alcântara



I´m a clinical psychologist from Brazil. My experience at the 20th ISPS conference in Liverpool in August 2017 was life-changing. My very first impression of this conference was the sense of democracy: at ISPS meetings all participants are invited to share their personal and professional experiences and they are treated equally, with respect and di gnity. The hosts gave us all support to make us feel comfortable and welcome. And I really felt this way. As the only Brazilian at the Liverpool conference, I felt recognized and comfortable to share my work experience with teenagers in conflict with the law and using psychotropic medications in a juvenile hall.
In Liverpool I also met with other participants from Chile and Argentina. This led to a desire to form an ISPS Latin America group, to make a real change happen in our countries. Despite the differences between Latin countries, we support the same principles: the emphasis psychological and social interventions and the need to decolonize mental health. The ISPS experience was a great opportunity to built networks. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to listen to professionals who guided my perspective about psychic suffering such as John Read. I also could learn more about different approaches to work with psychic suffering, such as Multi Family Group Therapy and the Open Dialogue interventions.
Finally, I could recognize the main personal change when I accepted that “I am a family member” for the very first time. At this conference, I didn’t feel judged or shamed. I felt proud of being a survivor and trying to do something useful with all the pain involved in being a daughter of someone who has suffered from mental illness. Because of all this, I want to share my gratitude for this support which has helped me to integrate my shadows and virtues making me a better human and a better psychologist.