From the Executive Director

They Are Gone, But Still With Us
Chuck Ruby, Ph.D., Psychologist
ISEPP's courageous founders created a welcoming home for dissident voices within the mental health system, both for the professionals of that system and for those who have been harmed by the system. This legitimizes our voices and buffers against the many groundless and ad hominem criticisms about us and our efforts to reform psychology, psychiatry, and the allied mental health professions. Those founders established and continue to maintain our bona fides as a serious, scientifically-oriented, organization worthy of being heard. ISEPP was built upon the backs of these giants. Sadly, though, we lost one of our giants when Bert Karon left us in his 90th year. I knew Bert only minimally, and so I do not have the intimate or in-depth memories of him as do those of you who paid tribute to him in these essays...

"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....


22nd Annual ISEPP Conference
Baltimore, Maryland
October 11-13, 2019

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Do No Harm?

How The Ethics Of Psychology And Psychiatry Have Become Unethical

The dictum “primum non nocere” (first, do no harm) has guided the practice of mental health care within the fields of clinical psychology and psychiatry, as well as the other allied mental health professions. While a noble striving, it is ironic that the application of this conventional medical model maxim to human emotional struggles and problematic behaviors has caused the very harm of which it warns. We will address this dilemma at the 22nd Annual Conference of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry in Baltimore, Maryland, October 11th through the 13th. 

More than two centuries ago, the father of American psychiatry, Benjamin Rush, proposed the idea that various forms of distress were the result of diseased minds. Since then, considerable harm has come to the consumers of the mental health industry because those forms of distress are not problems of literal disease, illness, or medicine. Nonetheless, medical forms of diagnosis and treatment have been used to identify and control people who are not ill. Conference speakers will address these issues and suggest more humane forms of helping that retain the elements of beneficence, self-determination, and dignity.


See Dr. Al Galves's YouTube talk about stigma and how that stigma will never go away as long as we insist on diagnosing people mentally ill.