2022 – Virtual

2022 – Virtual


24th Annual ISEPP Conference (Virtual)

A Paradigm Shift: From Pathologizing to Valuing Emotions

October 29 & 30, 2022
12:00pm-6:00pm Eastern time

ISEPP Members: $50

General Public: $75

Students: $35

Join ISEPP now and take advantage of the member rate. Your membership will be good through 2023.

Register Now!

From prehistory, through ancient civilizations, and on to
present day societies, emotions have been the cornerstone of all human experiences and actions. Regardless of culture, both painful and pleasant emotions have been the wellsprings of meaning and spirit.

However, the19th century burst of empirical science began quantifying them as data points along with other elements of the natural sciences and largely abandoned their qualitative value. Eventually in the mid to late 20th century, medical science stepped in and reconceptualized emotions as dysfunctional symptoms of illnesses that stood in the way of productive and efficient human behavior. Thus, the goal became, and continues to be, their elimination through chemical, electrical, and surgical means in order to cure the alleged illnesses.
Join us for this year’s conference when we call for a reversal of this medical conceptualization, recapturing the meaningful and valuable nature of emotions as important guideposts to human living and not mere nuisances or signs of pathology to be eradicated.



When the Paradigm Refuses to Shift: The Unending Saga of the Biopsychosocial Model

Niall McLaren, MBBS, FRANZCP

Psychiatry continues to put forth a biopsychosocial model of mental illness that has guided its practice, research, and teaching. Yet, psychiatry has failed to provide evidence for this model. This implies that holding to a discredited model goes beyond institutional “stickiness” and raises the question of actual deception. This talk will look at the history and impact of this phenomenon. The significance is that psychiatry has unequalled power to suspend people’s civil and human rights indefinitely, in ways that would never be tolerated in the judicial and forensic settings, all without valid scientific basis.

Niall (Jock) McLaren is an Australian psychiatrist who recently retired after 50 years of practice. He has extensive experience in military, forensic and remote area psychiatry, all at the rough and unglamorous end of psychiatry. As a specialist, he went back to university to study philosophy and has published a number of monographs on the application of the philosophy of science to mental disorder, most recently brought together as the biocognitive model for psychiatry. This is based in the concept of natural dualism, and provides a working model for mental disorder as a primary psychological matter, with no reason to suspect brain pathology. He lives in the rural outskirts of Brisbane with his family and keeps busy growing trees.

Mys-Understanding In-Tangible Matters

Todd DuBose, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

This presentation will track how we shifted historically from heeding symptoms as intangible events of lived significance to engineering symptoms as tangible pathogens from which to be purified. We will see how this vital error is at the root of the explosion of nihilistically driven, increased symptomology in everyday existence, and how the accompanying Sisyphusian, algorithmic, deficit-corrections used to address this conundrum actually increase more and more symptomology via an unwitting Munchhausen by Proxy. Why? Because the “IN” in IN-tangibles, or lived significance, is being ignored, overlooked, belittled, or seen as superfluous—BECAUSE it’s intangible. We will explore how to resist the “nothing-but” reduction of the intangible to the tangible, of matterings to matter, and, instead, be the clearing for, and guardians of, the “happening in the happening” disclosed in and through the symptom as trace, as icon, and as an unexpected sage.

Todd DuBose is an award winning, internationally renowned Distinguished Full Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Saybrook University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, the Circulo de Estudios en Psicoterapia Existential, in Mexico City, Mexico, and the International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology in Beijing, China. 

He is also a licensed psychologist with thirty-four years of clinical experience, nine of those years as a former chaplain at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, supervisor, and consultant in local, national, and international venues. He holds advanced degrees in the integration of comparative and continental philosophy of religion and human science clinical psychology (B.A., Georgia State University; M.Div., Union Theological Seminary, NYC, Ph.D., Duquesne University).  He integrates these traditions in an existential-hermeneutical-phenomenological way of caring for others, specializing in extreme, limit or boundary events and their accompanying crises of meaning (e.g., violence, loss, trauma, psychosis, nihilism). His research and scholarship also focus on critiques of implicit biases in foundational ideologies of standardized practices of care. He is also a Board member with ISEPP and past president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32, APA).

Eric Maisel, Ph.D., Creativity Coach

Eric Maisel, retired family therapist and active creativity coach, is the author of 50+ books, among them Why Smart People Hurt, Why Smart Teens Hurt, The Future of Mental Health, Rethinking Depression, Redesign Your Mind and The Van Gogh Blues. He writes the "Rethinking Mental Health" blog for Psychology Today (with 3,000,000+ views) and is creator of and lead editor for the Ethics International Press Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry series, whose first two volumes, Critiquing the Psychiatric Modeland Humane Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model, appeared in 2022.

Joe Tarantolo, M.D., Psychiatrist in private practice

Dr. Tarantolo has been in the  private practice of psychiatry for over 40 years. He discovered the uselessness of antidepressants in 1987, therefore edging him on to help wean patients off of psychiatric drugs. He’s been an expert witness for plaintiffs  who have had family members with antidepressant induced suicide.  He’s written a psychological study of why doctors prescribe useless and dangerous drugs such as neuroleptics. He made a cameo appearance in the film "Thank you For Your Service"
explaining the need for national grieving over the moral injury of war. He has explained that PTSD is a political diagnosis.

Al Galves, Ph.D., Psychologist in private practice