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   

9.00 – 17.00 h Preconference workshops

1. Open Dialogue, Dag van Wetter, Dienke Boertien en Dirk Corstens: Open Dialogue for people in crisis – from stranger to connection

2. Dr Joe Oliver, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis, 2x 4 hour the same workshop

3. Will Hall,
a. how to handle suicidal ideation, half day
b. Psychiatric Medication Withdrawal: A Harm Reduction Perspective , half day

4. Sam Ghane and Victor Kouratovski Handling djinns and the cultural formulation interview. 2 x half day?

5. Amy Hardy: Breaking the silence: Talking about trauma in psychosis, half day 2 times

6. Devi Hisgen information on handling weed wisely

7. Peter Dierinck en Stijn Vanheule
Effectuating recovery: two perspectives

17.30 h

Welcome reception in Townhall

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

9.00 h Welcome by chair Jim van Os  
9.15 – 10.00 h Wim Veling Psychosis among ethnic minorities
10.00 – 10.30 h Sushrut Jadhav Why is psychosis so common in low status minority groups?
10.30 – 11.00 h Francoise Davoine Psychosis and community trauma
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 Parallel lectures, workshops and symposia
15.30 – 16.00 Tea break
17.00 – 17.45 h Keynote speaker open dialogue
17.45 – 18.00 h Discussion
18.30 Social programme organized by Resilience+

Chairman 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: Theme the alienation between someone with psychosis and the others

08.00 – 9.30 h Parallel sessions
09.30 – 9.45 h 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 Comment from a person from family movement
10.45 – 11.15 h Coffee
11.15 – 12.00 h Debate with the speakers and representatives of various therapies, how to bridge the gap?
12.00 – 12.45 h Marcus Evans how to bridge the gap between someone who is psychotic and staff of the ward
12.45 – 1300 h  Discussion with the audience
13.00 – 14.00 h Lunch
14.00 – 16.00 h Parallel sessions
15.30 – 16.00 h Tea break
16.00 – 17.30 h A Festival of people with experience, poster sessions and interaction
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

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 and evil, what does the theme  of psychosis tell us about what is going on in the community? Day open to the public for a reduced price

08.00 – 09.30 h Parallel workshops and lectures, maybe also during main program
09.30 – 09.45 h Introduction by the chair of the day
09.45 – 10.15 h Huub Mous, Psychosis and evil: do the same dynamics lead to psychosis and Jihad as well?
10.15 – 10.45 h Wouter Kusters psychosis and the experience of world destruction
10.45- 11.15 h Coffee
11.15 – 12.00 h Debate what does psychosis theme tell us about our community?
12.00 – 12.45 h Mogobe RamoseUbuntu philosophy for creating a safe, supporting community
12.45 -13.00 h Discussion with the audience
13.00 – 14.00 h Lunch
14.00 – 17.00 h Parallel sessions
17.00 -18.00 h Demonstration of Avatar therapy to cope with paranoid experiences

Chairman Tina Rahimi


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: New research

08.00 –  9.30 h Parallel sessions
09.30 – 09.45 h Introduction by the chair of the day
09.45 – 10.30 h Ola Söderström, Being a stranger in your own city: a video-analysis
10.30 – 11.15 h Inez Germeys a prospective research of adolescents who become psychotic and who don’t
11.15 – 11-45 h Coffee with snacks
11.45 – 12.30 h Someone of research group of Johannsson, what helps people who have early psychosis experiences to recover? What  could these people tell us?
12.30 – 13.30 h Debate on the themes of the conference
13.30 13.40h Film on next conference
14.40- 14.50h Closing remarks

Welcome to ISPS Rotterdam 2019!

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

Chairman Jan Olav


Keynote Speakers