Accredited for 34 continuing educational credits by the World Psychiatric Association.


Welcome to the ISPS Conference Rotterdam 2019!

We received accreditation from

The World Psychiatric Association 34 credits for the whole conference including preconference
The Dutch nurse specialist register 27 credits, 4 credits for the preconference
The Dutch Association for Psychiatry 24 credits.

We applied for accreditation at

Psychologists in health care in the Netherlands (FGzPt)
The Dutch Institute for Psychologists, NIP, (for the preconference at ”eerste lijns psychologie” NIP)
The Dutch Association for Family therapy
The Dutch Association for EMDR for the workshop of Amy Hardy

For Belgium

“Federale overheidsdienst van het RIZIV”


Jan Olav Johannessen, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, ISPS International

Our main biennial event, the International ISPS Conference , is due to take place in Rotterdam from August 28th-September 1st 2019. Time flies, so be sure to mark these dates in your calendar  now! The call for papers  has started. The main theme is “Stranger in the city: The healing power of human reconnection”. This title goes right to the center of what a psychosis really is, estrangement in the  broadest sense of the word, and it also shows the way to the most important healing element, the human relationship.

The ISPS Executive Committee wish to express our deeply-felt thanks to all our colleagues in the “ISPS-world” who contribute to this important work.


Margreet de Pater
Chair, ISPS Lowlands

This conference is about estrangement and connection. Family members of a person who has become psychotic can tell you all about it, they don’t recognize the person they loved anymore. They are startled and sad. But also the person who is psychotic suffers severely. He tries to express important insights, tries to talk about troublesome  live experiences for the first time in his life. but nobody believes him.  This abyss is well-known. But scientific research shows us that estrangement works also the other way around. When for some reason you are alone among others, for instance when you are a migrant, and try to find your way in society, you experience that you don’t belong and have a bigger risk to become psychotic.

What works to bridge this gap?

More and more it appears that therapies that work, do so because they promote human connection. It is so very logic and simple. Such a strange thing that in our culture many approaches to psychosis worked the other way around, they made the abyss deeper. The time is ripe for change.


Social Program

Information about the Social Programme will be announced soon.


ISPS conference 2019 STRANGER IN THE CITY: the highlights


Living in a city more than doubles your chances of experiencing psychosis, and the chances are up to five times or more for migrants and their children. Why? Are there links and if so, what do these mean and what can we do about it?

Around these central questions the four-day ISPS conference 2019 STRANGER IN THE CITY- On the circular relationship between alienation and psychosis and the healing power of human reconnection, brings together people with lived experience, policy makers, researchers, clinicians, social workers, philosophers, and all others interested.

  • Combining different ways of understanding.
  • Lived experience takes the lead
  • Psychosis, (forced) migration, society and politics
  • Looking back and looking forward.

De Doelen is a highly-acclaimed concert hall and state-of-the-art congress centre. De Doelen is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands  with regard to the combination of these two functions. Located in the Mauritskwartier district of Rotterdam, de Doelen welcomes visitors  to large international congresses for both intimate and large symposiums,  catering for 100 up to 3000 people.

De Doelen in Rotterdam