In the News

8/9/2017    Administrator    In the News 1 Comment
by Chuck Ruby, Ph.D.
A recent study in Neuropsychologica about veterans and brain trauma is a prime example of how medical model thinking and nomothetic research design and analysis wrongly imply: (1) that meaningful human experiences can be best understood by looking at the brain; and (2) that differences between research groups as identified by statistical tests, mean that the class of people in one group share a common characteristic different from the class of people in the other group(s). Unfortunately for the authors of the study, this is not true. First, the follow quotes from the study reveal how meaningful human experiences are falsely reduced to brain structures:...

"Saving Psychiatry" - Dr. Joe's Blog

"I Want To Die"

If you are a psychotherapist, counselor, psychoanalyst, and especially if you are a psychiatrist, you have heard variations of this refrain many times, which has soullessly come to be called "suicidal ideation". “I don’t want to live anymore… I want to kill myself… I wish it were all over…," etc. What to do with these laments? Before I address the question, a personal note. I am 74 years old and I’ve been depressed many times. I have never had ETC or pharmacological intervention. I worked on the “depressions” the old-fashioned way. Reflection. Talk. Analysis. Struggle. My bias is that I don’t trust colleagues who claim they have never been depressed. Really? Never depressed? I don’t prescribe ECT either. I’ve witnessed only one ECT administered and that was during my training. OK, I got that off my chest....

ISEPP In Action

8/16/2017    Administrator    ISEPP In Action 0 Comments
ISEPP's Hank McGovern has come out with a book on suicide prevention. Check it out at Amazon. Hank speaks from personal and professional experience. Take a look at his recent interview below with Michele Paiva, ISEPP's marketing guru. The book has received 5 stars out of 47 reviews so far. From one review: "The author artfully uses the dramatic frame of a suicide note and a tumultuous, well-drawn childhood to take readers through his quest for meaning, peace, and balance...His encapsulations of various therapies, particularly rational emotive behavior therapy, are soulful and illuminating, and emphasize the power of practical, positive action and  behavior...Overall, this is an evocative, intriguing, self-exploration...sometimes overwhelming, yet compelling..."...

 

20th Annual Conference of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry

Denver, Colorado
October 6-8, 2017

Mental Health:
Considering Context in Human Suffering

See the conference lineup and register!



ISEPP Demands Ethical Guidance from National Mental Health Associations Regarding the DSM



The Warfighter Advance

kicks off!

ISEPP is sponsoring the Warfighter Advance, a unique and humane program for helping veterans and military deal with traumatic experiences without resorting to the medical model. One of our Board members, Mary Neal Vieten, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of The Advance. ISEPP is given a 90-minute spot during each retreat to explain the smoke and mirrors of the mental illness industry. Please take a look at the wonderful work they're doing.