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



Ze kan zaterdag 19 januari in de ochtend een workshop houden in Rotterdam. Belangstelling? Laat het ons weten!
Kosten 50 euro.

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

Cash prizes and a free book

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.


The David B. Feinsilver Award

The David B. Feinsilver Award: A scholarship to fund travel expenses to the ISPS Congress

David B. Feinsilver, M.D. was a long-time staff member at the Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A, where he chaired its Symposium Committee.
A former president of ISPS, the chair of its 1994 ISPS meeting in Washington, and the founder of ISPS-US, he established a fund before he died after a long illness.  This fund grants a scholarship to fund travel expenses to each ISPS International congress, for the best research or clinical paper on the psychotherapeutic treatment of the severely disturbed.

Applications for the 2019 Award – If you are interested in applying for this grant you must indicate so during the abstract submission process. Applications will only be considered from people who cannot afford to attend the congress without financial support. The award will be given to the best research or clinical paper by a newcomer, who cannot otherwise afford to attend the congress. Abstracts must be received by 17th March 2019.


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Heartfelt thanks to Alison Summers Outgoing Co-editor of the ISPS Book Series

From the previous series editor

I first got to know of Alison not long after I was appointed as a Consultant Psychiatrist to an Early Intervention in Psychosis service in 2005. I was very keen to meet her as before that I did not know of any other person beside myself in such a post who had a psychodynamic training. It was a great relief and very exciting to find such a fine colleague with similar interests and ‘beliefs’ in the importance and relevance of psychodynamic understanding to psychosis. I was immediately impressed by her and I think I introduced her to ISPS UK and before long she was putting on a small ISPS UK conference in the North West of England drawing together a number of people who subsequently played an important part in ISPS UK, family members and members with experience of psychosis as well as professionals from different disciplines.

She subsequently organised a really memorable day bringing over the very talented Danish Psychiatrist Lars Thorgaard, not long before he passed away. Lars was brilliant in conveying how to make a therapeutic relationship with people experiencing psychosis and use psychodynamic understanding using everyday words and with such empathy.

Alison and I had a lot of contact when she took the lead in trying to get off the ground a ISPS UK national research programme in supportive psychoanalytic psychotherapy for psychosis, this time using the research experience of another talented Danish psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Bent Rosenbaum who led the Danish research project to publication with its encouraging results I was very impressed with Alison’s organisational skills, her firm but so friendly handling of the group of interested persons and getting through a full agenda and how much energy she put into this project and capacity to attend to the tedious detail of the applications. It was a big disappointment to us all that we got knocked back for all kinds of seemingly spurious reasons by research allocation committees and in the end we gave up.

During this time I was the editor of the ISPS book series and I had no hesitation in Alison being at the top of my list when I felt the time was approaching for me to find a successor. I was, of course, delighted when she accepted and agreed to work alongside me for a year or so before I stepped back; it is such a source of satisfaction to me to have started a project such as the ISPS book series and to be able to hand it on with such confidence as I had in Alison and to see its continuing development.  It is my impression that her rigour brought the quality of the books to a new high standard and furthermore she took important initiatives in the book series in a) making sure that there was no automatic use of the word schizophrenia and b) developing rigorous guidelines in making sure that if clinical work was described that any person mentioned gave their permission for publication. Amongst others, books published under Alison’s editorship include Art Therapy for Psychosis, edited by Katherine Killick, and a book on personal experiences (in press).

Alongside the responsibility for editor ship and co-editorship of the books, Alison, Bent and myself wrote what we regarded as a series of important articles for psychiatrists to help to know about the psychodynamics of psychosis, how to make a formulation of problems related to psychosis and to demonstrate a supportive psychotherapy for psychosis. (Advances in Psychosis Advances in psychiatric treatment (2013), vol. 19, 124–131 doi: 10.1192/apt.bp.111.009126,

Alison realised that a psychodynamic formulation is of much greater value than attempting to be precise in psychiatric diagnosis. I remember the fun the two of us had at an ISPS International conference quite a few years ago, demonstrating the value of formulation utilising Freud’s Schreber case using masks for the key characters.   How she had time to take on and be such an active leader of ISPS UK during this time is beyond imagination! More about this from Alf Gillham, below.

Last but not least, Alison took the lead in the organising committees for the ISPS international meeting in 2017 in Liverpool. My having had the similar role in 1997, the first time the UK organised an ISPS international meeting, I did not envy her taking on this role. The responsibility is enormous. Alison got a really good group to work together and ensure that the responsibilities were well shared out. I think an outstanding aspect of the organisation was the way in which Alison continued her determination to have experts by experience of psychosis and family members taking major areas of responsibility in the organisation and content of the meeting. For me this has been one of the biggest changes in ISPS in the last twenty years and in my view the Liverpool ISPS conference was the most successful yet in this respect.

Brian Martindale,
Past Chair ISPS, previous ISPS book series editor
On behalf of the ISPS EC

From the ISPS UK

I remember well first meeting Alison at the 50th anniversary conference of ISPS International. I attended on my 50th birthday as a present to myself, as I was so impressed with ISPS and its history. I immediately recognised a fellow soul, who felt the same way about ISPS, and that psychotherapy had much to offer the understanding of psychosis. We both joined ISPS-UK committee at the same time and went on to work together on many projects. When David Kennard stepped down as Chair Alison stepped up to the plate and helped navigate ISPS-UK through some very difficult times. ISPS has much to thank her for this (and David). Always caring and able to listen to all views of the committee, it became and still is a very welcoming family. I know that I consider her a close and valued friend as well as a colleague.


Our last big collaboration was when she chaired the committee that organised ISPS-INT International Conference. A huge undertaking, I somewhat blindly agreed to chair the group putting the programme together. I can honestly say that without Alisons skills with helping with this, the conference would not have taken place. It placed an enormous strain on her, and the success of the conference is due largely to her input. She has left ISPS-UK in the very capable hands of Akiko Hart, another special person. It’s great how ISPS attracts such people. We both step down from the committee soon, but it going from strength to strength, a strong legacy, and important family.

Alf Gillham
ISPS UK Executive Committee

ISPS Australia – Compassion in Psychosis Conference, 24th March 2018 Lived Experience, Conference Highlights

Amanda: this was my first ISPS AU conference, and to be there from the beginning of the dream, be involved in the planning and delivery, and be there in person was such a rewarding and worthwhile journey. Being able to witness all our work as a board come to fruition was rewarding. A highlight was that through promotion of the conference, more people got to learn about us and we have been able to welcome new members.

I really loved the idea of creating a conference space open for all to come together; different clinicians as well as both individuals and family members with a lived experience, and everyone feeling they had an equal place. Through my own circles I had promoted ISPS AU and the conference, inviting and encouraging lived experience colleagues to attend and present, so it was lovely to see so many familiar faces present. I particularly enjoyed hearing from such a diverse group of people about the power of compassion and how useful it has been both personally and professionally in their lives.

Another highlight for me was co presenting a workshop on Compassionate Listening through Peer Supported Open Dialogue. I left feeling I had been professionally nourished with an increased sense of hope for the future.

I found value in the Compassion Focussed Therapy workshop as I was instantly able to apply the theory of the circles, due to their power and simplicity, into my own practice facilitating Hearing Voices Groups. Also, as a result of both the training and the conference, I noticed my own compassionate circle has strengthened and grown. Applying the compassion focused therapy approach enabled me to say ‘yes’ when asked to use my own lived experience live on radio; what also helped during the interview was the presenter/journalist, Lyn Malcom’s real, authentic, respectful approach, which felt like ‘compassionate journalism’ at its best.

Amanda Waegeli
Lived Experience Board Member Perspective

A highlight of the conference for me was being among others who are interested in compassionate approaches.

Lyn: A highlight of the conference for me was being among others who are interested in compassionate approaches. I am all too often reminded of the lack of compassion I often felt when using services and how wonderful it is to know that people like Paul Gilbert, Charlie and so many other clinicians and peers are deeply interested in compassionate approaches. The conference theme struck me on a personal level too, and I was reminded of the fact that learning to allow compassion in was lifesaving for me; historically, I have been my own worst enemy with my inner critic being amplified via a voice I called ‘the annihilator’, which says it all I guess. When I finally invented my ‘compassionate interpreter’, it has changed my life and kick-started my recovery, and so listening to all the different presentations at the conference did my heart good for sure. This is the message I would love to see get out there as I strongly believe more as self-compassion is key.

The other part of the conference which was great was the in-between session chats I had with people I know, those I am getting to know, some folk I had heard of or seen in emails, as well as new people too. Another layer which was very special for me was getting to spend time with my colleagues on the board. We meet and do the work or managing ISPS via Skype and email over the years and so getting together in person not only deepened our connection, the flow on effect of it is good for ISPS Australia too. I have nothing but appreciation to our fellow ISPS Au Board Directors for their contribution to us making this fabulous conference come to fruition and also the stewardship of our chair Dr Melissa Connell who led this process.

Lyn Mahboub
Lived Experience Board Member Perspective