From the Executive Director

Coronavirus, Fear, Anxiety, and Faith
Chuck Ruby, Ph.D., Psychologist
It began on New Year's Eve 2019. Chinese officials announced that doctors in Hubei province were treating more than two dozen patients who were suffering from viral pneumonia. Within days, more and more cases emerged across Asia, and on January 11th, a  61-year-old man in China would be the first to die from COVID-19. In the intervening weeks, a rising and widespread sense of fear has accompanied the virus' spread to over 200 countries and the number of people infected has exceeded a million. Of those infected, more than 60,000 have died....

"Saving Psychiatry" - Dr. Joe's Blog

Hypochondriasis in the age of COVID-19
Joe Tarantolo, M.D., Psychiatrist
A cough, a sneeze, feel a chill, an uncomfortable response to pollen : "Oh dear, I got it, I’m going to die on a respirator. All alone, that damn virus got me." This all happens in a moment and passes just as quickly. But in that moment there is a basic truth which every psychotherapist explores. What is the nature of our experience and from whence does it come?
I was asked recently on the ISEPP Listserve (from which I usually keep my distance), "What do you do in psychotherapy that warrants payment from the patient? " A perfectly reasonable question, why did it irritate me so much?
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Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have decided to reschedule this year's conference to October 2021. It will still be held in the Los Angeles, CA, area.

In its place, we will have a virtual event. We are issuing a Call for Papers and video presentations from those interested in addressing the current turmoil in the world and how the conventional mental health industry reacts to it. The new title of this year's 23rd Annual ISEPP Conference is: “The Medicalization of Current Events: COVID19, Racism, and Public Policy." Presentations will be uploaded to our YouTube page for viewing.

CEUs will be available.

More information to come. Stay tuned!