Our 2012 conference is shaping up to be a great experience.
Here's the lineup of plenary speakers:
ISEPP PRESENTERS 2012
James Gordon, M.D.
Dr. Gordon is the Founder and Director of the Center for Mind-
Body Medicine in Washington, DC. His most recent book is Unstuck:
Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression of which a
reviewer said: “Unstuck is the most exciting book on transforming
depression I’ve ever read. Before you reach for a drug, read this
book to feel better. This book is EXACTLY what this over-medicated
country needs right now.” One of his other books is Manifesto for
a New Medicine: Your Guide to Healing Partnerships and the Wise Use
of Alternative Therapies.
Irving Kirsch, Ph.D.
Dr. Kirsch is the author of The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the
Antidepressant Myth, a research-based expose of the fact that
antidepressant drugs are no more effective than placebo. In a recent
interview on 60 Minutes, Leslie Stahl said to him: “But many people
say that they work. What do you say to that?” Kirsch replied:
“Oh yes they work but they work almost totally because of the
placebo effect.” He is Professor of Psychology at the University
of Hull in the United Kingdom.
Grace Jackson, M.D.
Dr. Jackson is a psychiatrist who knows psychotropic drugs deeply and
broadly. After listening to Grace, you’ll be comfortable answering
any question from anyone about how psychotropic drugs work and why
they are dangerous. Dr. Jackson is the author of Rethinking
Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent and Drug-induced
Dementia: A Perfect Crime.
Gary Greenberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Greenberg is the author of Manufacturing Depression which one
reviewer called “a blistering, rambling and entertaining attack on
the biomedical disease model of depression.” Greenberg is a
practicing psychotherapist who writes about the intersection of
science, politics and ethics.
Salman Akhtar, M.D.
Dr. Akhtar is the author of Quest for Answers, Objects of Desire, The
Damaged Core and other books. He is described as “one of the most
dynamic speakers I have heard who is excited about what ISEPP is
doing and about the 2012 conference.”
Mr. Lehmann, a citizen of Germany, is the founder of the European
Network of (ex) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, a self-help group
which informs people about psychiatric drugs and helps them withdraw
from such drugs and the co-author of Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry.
He is a worldwide leader in the movement of psychiatric survivors to
gain a voice in mental health policy. In 2010 he was awarded an
honorary doctorate “in acknowledgement of exceptional scientific
and humanitarian contribution to the rights of people with
psychiatric experience” by the School of Psychology at Aristotle
University in Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2011, he was awarded the
Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Deborah Leupnitz, Ph.D.
Dr. Leupnitz is a psychologist who founded Insight for All, a program
in which psychoanalysts see homeless individuals for free. She will
talk about Insight for all and the healing power of relationship and
psychoanalysis. She is the author of The Family Interpreted.
On Saturday afternoon the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health
Care will lead us in a strategy session designed to help all
participants prepare to make a difference in 2013.
We're collaborating with two other sister organizations as well. On
Thursday, November 1, MindFreedom International is putting on a
one-day conference to inspire and energize consumers, survivors and
others to the task of creating a non-violent revolution in mental
health. And on Sunday afternoon, November 4 the Philadelphia Society
of Psychoanalytic Psychologists is presenting Bert Karon, the author
of The Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia and a long-time member of
All of this will take place at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott
Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from November 1 through November
I encourage you to register for the conference by going to
www.psychintegrity.org and clicking on the 2012 Conference link.
There's a $50 discount for registering before September 1, 2012.