From the Executive Director

The 2019 Annual Conference in Baltimore
Chuck Ruby, Ph.D., Psychologist
Our annual conference in Baltimore this past October was a success! We had a stellar lineup of speakers who addressed the conference theme: "Do No Harm? How the Ethics of Psychology and Psychiatry Have Become Unethical." Our intention was to make a strong statement about the harm that comes from the existing orthodox mental health system and the consideration of alternative humane forms of helping people in emotional distress. The conference kicked off with our traditional Friday evening reception. This has been a time for us to enjoy the annual opportunity to gather in person with our like-minded colleagues and show support to each other. During the reception, our newest ISEPP Board member, Dr. Gail Tasch...

"Saving Psychiatry" - Dr. Joe's Blog

The “Sorry” State of American Health Practice
Joe Tarantolo, M.D., Psychiatrist
"Sorry, this medical practice does not take Medicare." "Sorry, I don't take Medicaid." "Sorry, I am not in your insurance network." "Sorry, your insurance does not cover this procedure." "Sorry, your insurance does not pay for this medication." How often do Americans hear these laments! The American medical "insurance" industry is fraught. I put “insurance” in quotation marks BECAUSE  AMERICAN INSURANCE IS NOT REALLY INSURANCE. Let me explain. If you own an automobile, you are required to have automobile insurance. This insurance does not pay for gas, oil, new brakes, and other usual maintenance. You pay out of pocket for these. And you shop around ( if you are the thrifty type) to get the best price for these products and services. Insurance pays up if you have an accident or if your auto is stolen or vandalized. The same applies with homeowner insurance. It does not pay for maintenance. It pays up for fire or floods or if the wind blows your roof off or if you are robbed or vandalized. What we have come to call medical “insurance” is actually a way to pay for any medical attention. It is an elaborate bill paying scheme....

ISEPP's 23rd Annual Conference
Los Angeles, CA
October  23-25, 2020

The Destructive Propaganda
of the Mental Health Industry:
How Did We Get Here?
Where Are We Going?

Since the dawn of civilization the human species has struggled with the "Different," the "Unusual," the "Eccentric," the "Mad," the "Crazy," the "Psychotic," sometimes kindly, often with great cruelty.

This conference will address the question “How did we allow biological psychiatry take a strangle hold of this struggle?” Presentations will explore how the so-called “medical model” has insinuated itself into virtually all aspects of our culture from the “medication of normal” to the brain model of all behavior. Our schools, our courts, our every day life has felt this impact.

New this year will be a community sharing session to offer the audience, lay and professional, to contribute to this important dialogue regarding how Big Pharma, Big Psychiatry, and the FDA influence our life and our thinking.


ISEPP Board of Directors member Dr. Pepe Santana recently interviewed. Hear his ideas about helping people outside the medical model!