ISPS Warsaw 2013
18th International Congress of ISPS


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Dear Colleagues,

We have the pleasure of inviting you to Warsaw to participate in the next ISPS conference

Best practice in the psychological therapies for psychosis.
A contemporary and global perspective.

A conference for all mental health practitioners.

22 – 25.08.2013 Warsaw, University of Warsaw, Poland

Really good practices in the psychotherapies of the psychoses schizophrenia are known and respected locally but our conference intends to assist in their wider dissemination.

However in too many places no psychological therapy is offered to persons with psychotic disorders. We need to address how to address this at a time of finite resources in the global crisis.

During the ISPS Warsaw Conference we hope you will come with your knowledge and a willingness to learn from about a range of psychological therapies for psychosis in a rich dialogue between clinicians, researchers, policy makers and representatives from patient and family organizations so you will return home with ideas on how to optimize psychological care and the rehabilitation of patients with psychosis.

We look forward to meet you in Warsaw.


On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee

Katarzyna Prot-Klinger



Dear Colleagues,

We would also like to extend a very warm invitation to Warsaw in August 2013 to all interested in psychological approaches to psychosis. Our international ISPS conferences over 57 years have an excellent reputation for the quality of the content and for the friendly atmosphere in which all contributors and participants are made to feel very welcome.

Throughout the world the cycle is turning more and more towards exploring the multitude of ways in which psychology is relevant to psychosis, from understanding early experiences and their effects on mind and brain, to trauma, to the psychology of stigma, and we could add here a very long list but emphasise our particular conference focus on the psychological therapies of many kinds relevant to psychosis.

We encourage you to come and participate, to consider offering a paper of your own, or organise a symposium and join in the lively discussions and we guarantee you will return home enriched and enthused.

Having visited Warsaw, we can both vouch for the excellence of the conference facilities in the old University which is alongside the beautifully rebuilt 13th - 15th century historical centre of Warsaw which truly deserves its UNESCO heritage site status. As well as beautiful buildings, the area is packed with street cafes, restaurants and musical entertainment and there is plenty of accommodation at this time of year.

We look forward to welcoming you alongside our Polish hosts.

Jan Olav Johannessen

Jan Olav Johannessen,

Chair of International
Advisory Committee

          Brian Martindale

Brian Martindale,

Chair of ISPS Executive



Yrjö Alanen, Emeritus Professor of psychiatry at the University of Turku, Finland was the pioneer of the well-known, psychologically based but integrated needed adapted approach to schizophrenia. His book Schizophrenia – Its Origins and Need-Adapted Treatment (Karnac) describes his work.

Bogdan de Barbaro, Professor of psychiatry at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, is an expert on the family in psychosis and in postpsychiatry.

Arnhild Lauveng, Psychologist at the Kongsvinger Psychiatric Centre, Norway. Author of well-known books such as “A Road Back from Schizophrenia” and “As Useless as a Rose”. She writes from her own experience of ten years in secure wards suffering from schizophrenia.

Zvi Lothane, Professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York), has published on the history and methodology of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and the histories of Paul Schreber and Sabina Spielrein, and the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Minna Bernays.

John Read, Clinical Psychologist at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is the editor of the ISPS journal Psychosis. His research interest is psycho-social causes of psychosis, primary prevention, attitudes towards ‘mental illness', the role of the pharmaceutical industry in clinical research and practice.

Nancy McWilliams, Psychologist, teaches at the Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She has written widely on personality structure and personality disorders, psychodiagnosis, sex and gender, trauma, intensive psychotherapy, and contemporary challenges to the humanistic tradition in psychotherapy.

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Call for papers, posters, symposia to be announced in the coming days.

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