Monday, 09 December 2013 13:03

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Would you like to sign the ISPS Liverpool conference Declaration for Change?

The ISPS Liverpool 2017 conference was driven by our belief that fundamental changes are needed if people who experience psychosis are to have their psychological and social care needs met adequately. The following statement, our ‘Liverpool Declaration’ sets out our beliefs about the kind of changes that are needed. Find out more, and ADD YOUR NAME to the growing list of over 150 individuals and organisations who support the Liverpool Declaration HERE

The ISPS book ‘Fifty Years of Humanistic Treatment of Psychoses’ by Alanen, Y., Silver, A. and Gonzalez de Chavez, M. (2006) can be downloaded for free here

Why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality.... and what can help. A report published by the British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology. View the report here . In 2014 The British Psychological Society published this ground-breaking report which is aimed not only at clinicians but also journalists, policy makers, people who experience psychosis and their friends and relatives.  It outlines a psychological approach which challenges received wisdom about mental illness. The report's publication has led to widespread media discussion and debate, including in the New York Times. The US launch took place during the 19th International Congress of the ISPS in New York. Editor Anne Cooke and Co-author Peter Kinderman talked about what motivated them to produce the report and what its main messages are. Read the press release here

Talking Therapies for "Schizophrenia" and the Journal Science
An article on talking therapies for psychotic disorders (including the diagnosis of "schizophrenia") was recently published in Science, one of the world's leading scientific journals. The article, by journalist Michael Balter, is a result of discussions with a number of clinicians - including ISPS members - and a summary of evidence from CBT and psychodynamic researches.  The article had to be very much based on evidence from controlled trials for this particular journal. The article is excellent publicity for some of the approaches that ISPS supports and it is made humanly meaningful by quoting the experiences of individual patients. Full text article available here


ISPS Regional Groups Self-Portrait

Corresponding Editor: Dr Nicolas Nowack of ISPS-Germany. E-mail:

The poster was presented during the 18th International Congress of ISPS (22nd-25th August 2013) in Warsaw.

View the poster here pdf


Stranger in the City, ISPS 2019

Plenary session of the 21st International Congress of the ISPS,

28th August – 1st September 2019 in Rotterdam

Stranger in the City, ISPS 2019

Long-time members of ISPS at the 21st International Congress of the ISPS,

28th August – 1st September 2019 in Rotterdam

ISPS in Liverpool, August 2017
Professor Jim Van Os speaking at the 20th International Congress of the ISPS in Liverpool, August 2017
ISPS in Liverpool, August 2017
ISPS Sweden members and Rai Waddingham at the 20th International Congress of the ISPS in Liverpool, August 2017
ISPS in New York City, March 2015
Participants of the 19th International Congress of the ISPS in New York City, March 2015

Latest News

Families and Carers

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    Family members and carers involvement in ISPS

    ISPS welcomes and encourages the involvement of family members and carers in the society and is looking to expand their participation. The International Conference of ISPS in New York (March 2015) attracted a greater number of family members than previous conferences and several presentations and workshops included family members. ISPS maintains an e-mail discussion group for ISPS members who are carers / have a family member who has experienced psychosis. The members of the group offer each other support, discuss and debate issues relevant to their experiences, and liaise with the ISPS Executive Committee. If you are interested in joining the email group please contact 

    Further information for families of persons with psychosis can be found on our Learning Tools pages.


Survivors of psychosis

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    ISPS and its membership officially welcomed the involvement of survivors with the election of the first service user / survivor onto the Executive Committee (EC) in 2012. Two of the eight members of the current EC are survivors and ISPS is continually working towards expanding the participation of survivors in the work of the society. The International Conference of ISPS in New York in 2015 included presentations and workshops led by survivors and a very popular survivor/nurse joint presentation from colleagues in Norway. The 20th International Conference of the ISPS aims to expand the involvement of service users, survivors and nurses in the ISPS further information

    Further information for survivors and about recovery from psychosis can be found on our Learning Tools pages.


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ISPS Journal


The ISPS Journal Psychosis accepts personal and institutional subscriptions. All Individual Members of ISPS and members of regional ISPS groups receive quarterly issues of the journal as a membership benefit.

The ISPS Journal has recently been accepted by Web of Science

ISPS Book Series

Attachment Theory and ...

Attachment Theory and Psychosis: Current Perspectives and Future Directions is the first book to provide a practical guide to using attachment theo...