One of the main networks of dissident mental health professionals, psychiatrists, psychologists is ISEPP (formerly International Center for Study of Psychiatry and Psychology – ICSPP). ISEPP is a long-time sponsor organization of MindFreedom International. Many speakers are MFI members, including MFI director David Oaks.

  • Conference
when Oct 28, 2011 08:00 AM to
Oct 29, 2011 06:00 PM
where Los Angeles
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contact phone (315) 382-0541
attendees All welcome.
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(below is forwarded info from ISEPP)

October 28-29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA @ Double Tree by Hilton


13+ CEUs available for psychologists, MFTs, counselors, social workers & nurses!




Topics Include:

  • Safe, humane, life-enhancing methods of treating adults, children, families and couples in psychological distress without reliance on psychotropic drugs.
  • Consumer-centered interventions that help people move towards full recovery.
  • Restoring psychotherapy as a first-line intervention in behavioral health.
  • What parents and families can do to help children without reliance on psychotropic drugs.
  • Withdrawing from psychotropic drugs: Clinical indications, safety and supervision concerns.
  • The impact of the pharmaceutical industry on evidence-based clinical mental health practice.
  • 50 years after “The Myth of Mental Illness”: Reflections on modern psychiatry.
  • Treating children and adults with integrative care.

Panel Presentations, Roundtable Discussions, Meet the Authors & More!

  • Psychotherapist Panel: 
    Experts Discuss How They Work, Followed By Breakout Sessions on Each Clinical Approach!
  • Early Psychosis Intervention Panel: 
    How Can We Best Help Those in Crisis?
  • Psychiatric Survivors Panel: 
    Consumers Relay Their Experiences in the Mental Health System.
  • Evidence-Based Literature Panel: 
    What Clinicians Should Know About the Scientific Literature.
  • The Bipolar Child Panel: 
    Analyzing an Epidemic.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D. :”When Johnny and Jane Came Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans”
  • Nicholas Cummings, Ph.D: “Restoring Psychotherapy as a First-Line Intervention”
  • Thomas Szasz, M.D.: “50 Years After the Myth of Mental Illness: Reflections on Modern Psychiatry”
  • Robert Whitaker: “Psychiatry’s Response to Anatomy of an Epidemic: What the Emperor Says When He Has No Clothes”
  • David Antonuccio, Ph.D.: “It May Be Time To Stop Calling Them ‘Antidepressants'”
  • Scott Shannon, M.D.: “The Ecology of the Child: A New View of Pediatric Mental Health”
  • David Stein, Ph.D.: “A Unified Model for Matching Therapy with Etiology: Better Therapy Is the Most Effective Weapon Against Reliance on Drugs!
  • Jacqueline Sparks, Ph.D.: “Listening to Clients, Not Disorders: A Revolution in Therapeutic Services”


As well as:

  • David Cohen, Ph.D.
  • Joanne Cacciatore, Ph.D.
  • Howard Glasser
  • Ann Rider, MSW
  • Claudia M. Gold, M.D.
  • Willa J. Casstevens, Ph.D.
  • Brian Kean, Ph.D.
  • Virgil Stucker, MBA
  • Daniel Dorman, M.D.
  • Phil Sinaikin, M.D.
  • David Oaks
  • Bose Ravenel, M.D.
  • Jeffrey Lacasse, Ph.D.
  • Jonathan Leo, Ph.D.
  • Mark Foster, D.O.
  • Jay Joseph, Psy.D.



Topics Include:

Panel Presentations, Roundtable Discussions, Meet the Authors & More!

Additional specialized sessions on psychotherapy, working with adults diagnosed as severely and mentally ill, treatment of disruptive children, cognitive therapy of psychosis, working with aggressive and/or treatment-resistant clients, group therapy,  alternatives to the medical model, consumer-directed care, how clients view psychiatric medications, innovative approaches to mental health problems in the educational system, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry, diversifying mental health education, and more!


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