How to form an ISPS group

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  1. How do I actually go about starting up a regional ISPS group?
  2. What are the requirements for being a regional group of ISPS?
  3. What do ISPS regional groups do?
  4. Is there a minimum fee that the regional group should charge its members?
  5. Must the group be only for professionals?
  6. Does a regional ISPS group have to cover a whole country?

 

1. How do I actually go about starting up a regional ISPS group?

There are two main ways; you can either find other like-minded people and get together to think about what you might like to get out of forming a regional group, or you may already be part of an existing group of people who meet from time to time (e.g. to discuss research or clinical material) and you may wish to give the ISPS name to that group - there is no need to “reinvent the wheel” where such a group already exists.

 

2. What are the requirements for being a regional group of ISPS?

  • The primary aim of the network / group must be the promotion / development of psychological therapies for persons vulnerable to psychotic disorders (this term includes people diagnosed with "schizophrenia")
  • The regional group must pay fees to the main ISPS (see point 4 below).
  • The fees to ISPS are kept to the absolute minimum to allow for a maximum growth potential of regional groups.
  • The regional group must keep a reliable, up to date membership list and send regular updates to ISPS.
  • The constitution of the ISPS must be accepted. 
     

3. What do ISPS regional groups do?

Some hold regular conferences, others hold smaller meetings and workshops. If a regional group would like to host a conference, to generate money for its ISPS activities, we can help you to find good speakers and to publicise the event. Some groups have active e-mail discussion groups, such as those in the UK and US regional groups, and they may produce their own local ISPS newsletter which their members receive in addition to the ISPS newsletter. All ISPS groups are entitled to a free webpage within the ISPS site (which should be kept up to date by the regional group).

Please read the ISPS constitution to learn more about what ISPS is trying to achieve.

 

4. Is there a minimum fee that the regional group should charge its members?

No, but it is in your interest to start charging your members a fee fairly soon, as you will need to start paying network fees to ISPS as soon as the regional group has been established. Network fees are due each 1st May (currently €23 per member). This amount includes what it costs ISPS per member for their individual copies of the ISPS journal 4 issues per annum, as well as a contribution towards the other services provided to local groups by ISPS such as the website, ISPS Newsletter and the work of the ISPS organiser for the regional groups. Groups in countries defined by the World Bank as low and lower-middle income only pay ISPS €15 per member (at this moment in time the only group this applies to is India). For further information visit http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications

 

5. Must the regional group be only for professionals?

No, we encourage you to also offer membership of the regional group to service user/suvivors, family members or other carers and other interested persons to promote dialogue. The ISPS UK local group for example has a number of service user/suvivors and carers within their membership, and regularly offers reduced fees at ISPS UK conferences, to enable their participation.

 

6. Does a regional ISPS group have to cover a whole country?

No. If your country is very large it may not make sense to have only one regional ISPS group, but may be better to start with a local network in your geographical area or city, and other groups may develop elsewhere in your country with time.

 

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For further information please contact Antonia Svensson, ISPS International Organiser on isps@isps.org 

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