Developing Organizational Alliances

ISPS is planning to cooperate, in a variety of ways, with other organizations that share some of our goals. Planned cooperative efforts may include: 1) presenting at each other’s conferences or events, 2) advertising organizational events on ISPS’s website, 3) issuing joint statements to media or 4) jointly organizing events, initiatives or research projects.

ISPS is pursuing cooperative efforts with six other organizations: ENTER, INTAR, INTERVOICE, IEPA, ISPPD and WAPR.

INTAR is the International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery (, which includes a wide range of professionals, service users and family members. They advocate alternatives to traditional medical approaches to psychosis. The opening paragraph from their home page reads:

The International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery gathers prominent survivors, professionals, family members, and advocates from around the world to work together for new clinical and social practices in response to emotional distress and what is often labeled as psychosis. Based in leading edge research and successful innovations, INTAR believes the prevailing biomedical overreliance on diagnoses, hospitals, and medications has failed to respect the dignity and autonomy of the person in crisis, and that full recovery must be at the center of ethical care. 

INTAR held a conference in Liverpool, England 25-27 June 2014; a member of the ISPS Executive Committee, John Read, was involved in the conference planning. 

ENTER is the European Network on Training, Evaluation and Research in Mental Health ( This is a small organization focused particularly on rehabilitation of psychosis and on research, and is primarily made up of professionals. 

Their website states:

The Mission of ENTER is to promote and defend the highest standards of mental health promotion, training and care in Europe based on collaborative research.

The Network believes that cultural diversity is not a disadvantage but rather a source of richness for understanding mental health issues and recognises that the mental health of European citizens will be enhanced through collaborative research between mental health service deliverers. Furthermore it recognises that the mental health of European citizens will be enhanced through the participation of mental health service users in establishing research and training priorities and through interfacing with carer and user organisations on a European level.

ENTER held a conference in Barcelona, Spain, on 16-17 June 2014. Debra Lampshire, of the ISPS Executive Committee, spoke at the conference. More information can be found here:!conference/cdg8 

INTERVOICE is the International Network for Training, Education, and Research into Hearing Voices ( They are the international ‘umbrella’ organization for hearing voices networks in many countries. Their website states:

INTERVOICE is an international organisation that both promotes the emancipation of voice hearers and the development of best practice in working with those that hear distressing voices.

The stated aims of INTERVOICE include to:

  • show that hearing voices is a normal though unusual variation in human behaviour
  • show that the problem is not hearing voices but the inability to cope with the experience
  • increase the quality and quantity of mutual support available to all people and organisations involved in hearing voices work across the world
  • make our work more effective and develop more non-medical ways of helping voice hearers cope with their experiences.

The current president of INTERVOICE is the psychiatrist Dirk Corstens, from Maastricht, the Netherlands. INTERVOICE sponsored the 6th World Hearing Voices Congress, which was held in Thessaloniki, Greece, 10-12 October 2014. ISPS sponsored Anastassios Koukis of ISPS-Hellas to represent ISPS at that congress and give a presentation at that conference which included the goals and objectives of ISPS.

IEPA is the International Early Psychosis Association (, an international network for the study and treatment of psychosis. The IEPA website states the following:

The IEPA is an international network for those involved in the study and treatment
of early psychosis. We aim to enhance awareness of early psychosis and the process of recovery and to provide a network for international communication and collaboration between stakeholders

IEPA held their 11th international conference on early psychosis in Boston, 7-10th October 2018. More information about the conference may be found here:

ISSPD is the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (

Its website states the following:

The International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, ISSPD, stimulates and supports scholarship, clinical experience, international collaboration and communication of research on all aspects of personality disorders including both diagnosis, course and treatment.

The 14th ISSPD conference was held in Montreal, Canada, from 13-17 October 2015. More information about the conference may be found here:

WAPR is the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (, a global non-governmental organization for people experiencing mental health problems.

WAPR held its 14th World Congress in Madrid, Spain in July 2018. WAPR and ISPS co-sponsored each other’s conferences in 2015 and have developed a partnership since. Further information can be found here: and 


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