Themes of the ISPS Rotterdam 2019 conference.
This program is preliminary and will be subject to change.


On August 28th  the preconference  will  have courses and workshops on the newest developments  with regard to different kind of therapy approaches.

Wednesday August 28th
Preconference workshops and courses


09.00 – 12.30 h
13.30 – 17.00 h
Dag van Wetter, Dienke Boertien & Dirk Corstens Open Dialogue for people in crisis: from stranger to connection
09.00 – 12.30 h
13.30 – 17.00 h
Joe Oliver Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis
09.00 – 12.30 h 13.30 – 17.00 h Will Hall

Will Hall

How to handle suicidal ideation?

Psychiatric Medication Withdrawal: A Harm Reduction Perspective

09.00 – 12.30 h
13.30 – 17.00 h
Sam Ghane & Victor Kouratovsky Building bridges using the Cultural Formulation Interview. Towards a context sensitive treatment of psychosis
09.00 – 12.30 h
13.30  -17.00 h
Amy Hardy Breaking the silence: Talking about trauma in psychosis
09.00 – 12.30 h 13.30 – 17.00 h Devi Hisgen Handling cannabis wisely
09.00 – 12.30 h 13.30 – 17.00 h Peter Dierinck & Stijn Vanheule Effectuating recovery: two perspectives

Delegates of the pre-conference workshops are invited to attend the conference Welcome Reception at 17.30 in the Town Hall (without cost) of Rotterdam


On August 29th epidemiological researchers and (cultural) experts with qualitative knowledge will try to  come up with an answer to the question: Why are  people belonging to minority groups with low status  5 to 8 times more likely to experience psychosis? What does that tell us about the dynamics of psychosis when we compare it with the circumstances of people with psychosis who are not from a minority group? Keynote speakers.

What  should we do about it? The afternoon  will be spent looking at approaches  focused on this problem. Keynote speakers.

Thursday August 29th: Theme relationship psychosis with migration, social exclusion and lowstatus group

09.00 h Jim van Os Welcome by chair 
09.15 – 10.00 h Wim Veling Us and Them – psychosis among ethnic minorities
10.00 – 10.30 h Sushrut Jadhav From the Margins to the Centers across cultures: the powerful pan-lexicon of Psychosis
10.30 – 11.00 h Francoise Davoine Immigration, at the source of the psychoanalysis of psychosis
11.00 – 11.30 h Coffee  
11.30 – 12.30 h Debate with the speakers and representatives from psychoanalyse, CBT, family approach, rehab approach on: What does our approach do to promote recovery of persons from low status groups?
12.30 – 13.30 h Lunch and poster sessions
13.30 – 17.00 h Lectures, workshops and symposia Parallel
15.30 – 16.00 h
17.00 – 17.45 h Nick Putman About open dialogue
17.45 – 18.00 h Discussion
18.30 h Social program 

Chair Jim van Os


Keynote Speakers






 Francoise Davoine



On August 30th people with lived experience, family members and clinicians will discuss the alienation between someone who is psychotic and  others. Will non- medical models of psychosis help, or should we try other therapeutic approaches?

Friday August 30th: Lived experience takes the lead

08.00 – 9.30 h Parallel sessions  
09.30 – 9.45 h Chair Debra Lampshire &
Chair Irene van der Giessen
Introduction by two experience based experts to the theme of the day
09.45 – 10.15 h Brenda Froyen ‘How the treatment of my psychosis estranged me from myself and my family’
10.15 – 10.45 h Jen Kilyon Comment from a person from family movement
10.45 – 11.15 h Coffee  
11.15 – 12.00 h Debate:  How to bridge the gap?  
12.00 – 12.45 h Marcus Evans “Nobody speaks my language”. Psychoanalytic understanding of psychotic communications
12.45 – 1300 h Discussion with the audience  
13.00 – 14.00 h Lunch and poster sessions  
14.00 – 16.00 h Parallel sessions  
15.30 – 16.00 h Tea break  
16.00 – 17.30 h Lived experience Festival  
17.30 – 18.00 h Ingo Lambrecht Scaffolding ‘psychosis’: holding it lightly with culture and compassion
18.30  h Conference dinner during a cruise around Rotterdam harbours  

Irene van de Giessen, once labeled as severely and enduringly mentally ill, is now an expert by experience. She is manager of the Dutch organization ‘Foundation for Recovery Talent’’, a company which is specialized in innovative ways of supporting people who struggle with extreme states (including ‘psychosis’, ‘dissociation’ and post traumatic reactions). She is member of the board of the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Severe Mental Illness (Phrenos).

Debra Lampshire has converted her 30 years lived experience of mental distress into teaching, research, and writing. An acclaimed speaker she has been a keynote speaker at numerous international conferences.  Debra facilitates Hearing Voices Groups and provides training nationally and internationally. Debra is a Professional Teaching Fellow at The University of Auckland and a Project Manager for Auckland District Health Board Debra was the recipient of the Supreme award at the 2016 ACC attitude awards for her work in Mental Health

Debra Lampshire is a prominent figure within the service-user movement in New Zealand and internationally. She is a well know trainer, educator and advocate for people with lived experience and mental health services.

Keynote Speakers









August 31st will be a day open to the public for a reduced price. The voice of psychosis (? What do you mean by voice? Hallucinations i.e. hearing voices etc? will be discussed, what does it tell us about society?
Is the road to psychosis the same as that to Jihad? What does it mean that the destruction of the world is so often a theme of psychosis? Other ways of organising society, for instance in the spirit of Ubuntu Philosophy, will be explored. Keynote speakers.

Saturday August 31st: Psychosis, (forced) migration, society and politics (Day open for interested parties at reduced price)

08.00 – 09.30 h Parallel sessions
09.30 – 09.45 h Chair Tina Rahimy Introduction 
09.45 – 10.15 h Huub Mous Psychosis and Jihad
10.15 – 10.45 h Wouter Kusters Catastrophies, Apocalypse and Psychoses in the Anthropocene
10.45 – 11.15 h Coffee
11.15 – 12.00 h Debate Psychosis and society
12.00 – 12.45 h Mogobe Ramose The mentally ill doubt the sanity of the mentally healthy
12.45 – 13.00 h Discussion  
13.00 – 14.00 h Lunch and poster sessions  
14.00 – 17.00 h Parallel sessions  
17.00 – 18.00 h Avatar therapy coping with paranoia  


Chair Tina Rahimi


TINA RAHIMY is a political philosopher. She studied at the Philosophy Faculty of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and obtained her PhD for research into various forms of political action with regard to inclusion and exclusion. Rahimy has been involved in research and education at Erasmus University and various colleges. She was previously active in urban developments related to art and culture, and currently Professor in Social Work at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Keynote Speakers







The morning of September 1st will be spent looking at new research. 
Keynote speakers. The conference will end with a debate.

Sunday September 1st: Looking back and looking forward 

08.00 – 09.30 h Parallel sessions
09.30 – 09.45 h Jan Olav Johannessen Introduction
09.45 – 10.30 h Ola Söderström Being a stranger in your own city:
a video-analysis
10.30 – 11.15 h Inez Germeys Contextual Psychiatry: from macro to micro environment
11.15 – 11.45 h Coffee with snacks
11.45 – 12.30 h Jone Bjørnestad Everyone needs a friend sometimes. Social recovery in psychosis
12.30 – 13.30 h Debate Looking back and looking forward
13.30 – 13.40 h About the ISPS conference 2020  
14.40 – 14.50 h Closing remarks  

Welcome to ISPS Rotterdam 2019!

Subjects connected to the themes of the conference will be given priority.

Chair Jan Olav Johannessen


Keynote Speakers