Agenda – conferenties

International Conference of ISPS: Perugia 2022 – Co constructing Healing Places
Ingestuurde abstracten
World Association of Cultural Psychiatry Conference 2022 – 14-17 September 2022 – Rotterdam
– Psychotherapie en EPA – Congres 27 – september 2022 – Utrecht
– Het Nationale Psychose Congres – 28 en 29 september – Amersfoort
– Resilience and Recovery – a working conference in Split, Kroatie – 6 -7 oktober 2022
– International Conference Culture & Mental Health – 24-25 November 2022

Co-constructing Healing Places
Wednesday, 31 August 2022 – Sunday, 04 September 2022

Perugia, Italy

The International Organising Committee of the 22nd International Conference of the ISPS look forward to welcoming you to Perugia in Italy on 31st August – 4th September, 2022.


Enkele leden hebben een abstract ingestuurd voor de komende conferentie in Perugia

Gert Wouters

“Lets move and groove together. If you walk the walk, you talk the talk. 
In onze trimestriële intervisiegroep voor verpleegkundigen betrokken bij de zorg voor personen met een psychose uit Vlaanderen, kwamen we erachter dat samen wandelen een gemeenschappelijke basis was toen we spraken over de veranderingen binnen onze zorg in tijden van corona. 
Door het kantoor of ziekenhuis te moeten verlaten en te gaan wandelen om in nauw contact te blijven met onze cliënten, hebben we ervaren hoe wandelen zowel voor cliënt, verpleegkundige als voor hun onderlinge relatie gunstig kan zijn.  Samen op weg zijn, op zoek naar helende ruimtes buiten de beslotenheid van onze werkomgeving kan deze unieke band versterken en mentaal helen bevorderen.
Om deze stelling te staven, brengen we een overzicht van bestaande literatuur over wandelen en psychose.
Door het verzamelen van ervaringen van patiënten en verpleegkundigen uit verschillende landen die samen onderweg zijn, verkennen we dit fenomeen. We presenteren de bevindingen en belevingen van onze eigen internationale bevragingen naar verpleegkundigen die gaan wandelen met personen met een psychose.
Door een gesprek met de deelnemers aan onze workshop hopen we elkaars kennis en ervaringen over dit onderwerp te verdiepen, te verbreden en te delen.”

Ludi Van Bouwel – Dag Van Wetter – Elke Haerick – Stefaan Huyghebaert – Huguette Beyens

Soteria meets Open Dialogue

1. Dr. Ludi Van Bouwel – UPC KULeuven, campus Kortenberg, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst
2. Mr. Dag Van Wetter – Steunpunt Geestelijke Gezondheid, Open Dialogue Companion, master of Medical Social Science
3. Mrs. Elke Haerick – Steunpunt Geestelijke Gezondheid, companion in supporting recovery-oriented practice and peer expertise education, Bachelor of Social Work
4. Mr. Stefaan Huyghebaert – core member of El Camino Bekegem
5. Mrs. Huguette Beyens – Compagnon in the Soteria workgroup Flanders, Art Therapist


A psychotic crisis is a drastic and very alienating experience, both for the person himself and for the people around. Hospitalisation, no matter how humanely it is organised, often increases the distress and alienation of someone going through psychosis, especially during a first admission. Moreover, recovery stories from people with lived experience often learn us that the environment of a hospital ward doesn’t always feel safe enough or can feel stigmatising. They could lose further connection with their daily life and their natural environment of people. Critical reflections, not only in the field of professionals but certainly also in the group of service users and family members have established the growing interest in the development of Soteria houses in Flanders, Belgium.
For similar reasons, the opportunities of the Open Dialogue approach are getting increasing attention. In the Open Dialogue approach professionals seek connection and dialogue with and between everyone involved. Without delay, to listen openly to the different voices, experiences and perspectives. Apart from other common grounds, Open Dialogue translates the Soteria “being with” concept to a dialogical practice of polyphony and tolerance of uncertainty.
No wonder that the group looking for the development of Soteria and the group promoting Open Dialogue found each other. Developing several alternative practices, teams around Flanders are learning to reinforce and support each other in what’s further needed.
This symposium consists of three presentations. In the first presentation, “Soteria Houses Flanders workgroup Flanders”, Elke Haerick explains how this group is building alliance with the existing mental health care organizations. In the second presentation, “Open Dialogue in the cultural context of Flanders”, Dag Van Wetter describes how Open Dialogue practice is developing in Flanders. In the third presentation “El Camino Bekegem” Stefaan Huyghebaert illustrates how this project is implementing Open Dialogue philosophy on its way to becoming a Soteria house.

Ludi Van Bouwel – Klaus Lehtinen – Debra Lampshire

Reflections on a possible restructuring of ISPS


1. Dr. Ludi Van Bouwel – UPC KULeuven, campus Kortenberg
2. Dr. Klaus Lehtinen – Need adapted treatment Finland
3. Mrs. Debra Lampshire – project manager for the Psychological Interventions for Enduring Mental Illness Project at the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB)


For the first 40 years after its foundation in 1957, ISPS’s sole and main function was to establish international symposia for clinicians to discuss their clinical work and theoretical underpinnings. In 1997 ISPS took on more of the statute of a Society. At that moment the meaning of the acronym was changed and a constitution was established that clearly defined its aims. The society started with an ISPS website, the Newsletter, already created in 1994, was further developed, the book series came into life and later the Journal Psychosis was born. The ISPS society encouraged networks to promote psychological therapies for psychosis between conferences. This gave rise to the establishment of more than 24 local groups that are the driving force behind ISPS.

Over the past year, the Executive Committee has worked on adapting the text of the constitution so that it better reflects the current language and the fact that people with lived experiences and family members are more involved in the organisation. This new text was proposed to the chairs of the local networks and will be further discussed in the general meeting during the Perugia conference. Some people also have the idea of changing the structure of ISPS in order to increase the impact of the networks. This symposium is open to all those who want to think further about the structural organisation of our association: the membership, the role of the executive committee, the mode of elections for the EC and the composition of the Formal General Meeting.

Marc Calmeyn – An Haekens – Willem Lemmens

Euthanasia for psychic suffering: Belgium’s got talent?
Euthanasia for psychic suffering: co-constructing healing (s)paces?’

Can the theme of the congress ‘co-constructing healing spaces’ help us to understand what’s going on in the debate on euthanasia for psychic suffering in Belgium? Three speakers try to shed a light on this often heated discussions.
An Haekens informs on the evolution in the Belgian euthanasia law. An augmentation for people with psychic fragility is the case. In the last years there is also more euthanasia praxis for persons with the so-called ‘polypathology’ – an aggregation of somatic pathologies that are not terminal but making life unbearable. Another finding is the ongoing shift in society: first practiced for terminal somatic diseases with intolerable suffering, followed by euthanasia for psychiatric ailment and ‘polypathology’, now suggested for dementia, tiredness of life and completed life.
Willem Lemmens gives some ethical reflections on this Belgian social experiment. Based on a few documented testimonies of psychiatrists and family members, he defends that the lifting of the taboo on euthanasia for psychiatric patients has caused in Belgium a major, albeit often ignored, shift in the understanding of what empathy with severe psychic suffering asks from psychiatrists, beloved ones and the society at large. Through the hermeneutics of the concept of narrative empathy he defends that the normalization of euthanasia on legal grounds has opened a new narrative in Belgian psychiatric care which has a detrimental influence on the preservation of therapeutic empathy.
Marc Calmeyn explains why euthanasia for psychiatric disorders do not meet the criteria of the Belgian euthanasia law. The specific dynamics of psychopathology, the particularity of the therapeutic relationship in psychiatry and psychotherapy and, last but not least, the drive of hope – different from optimism – but essential. Indeed hope gives life.
The kernel of the debate is a question: ‘live and let die’ or ‘live and let live’?

Marc Calmeyn

Depression is human(e)

Considering depression as a mere physical illness is far too short-sighted, it isn’t.
As a matter of fact, it isn’t a brain disorder ‘pur sang’ either. It is a human-specific disorder that affects the sheer life force and the vitality. ‘I simply can’t go on anymore’, both literally and figuratively, is often the first and most important complaint heard during the initial consultation.
The depressed person feels as if engulfed by a black hole.
The book clarifies what a depression really is…
Drawing on his years of literature and on his experience as a psychiatrist in clinical practice, it has become clear for the author that anthropopsychiatry holds the key.
This school of thought is based upon three inseparable human sciences: modern psychiatry, psychoanalysis and philosophy.

And there is even more, it is possible for anthropopsychiatry to add a new vitality to our present-day psychiatry. It casts a different light on contemporary psychiatric classification, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Our present-day psychiatric classification, DSM 5, distinguishes a great many forms of depression which makes it impossible to see the wood for the trees.
Anthropopsychiatry honours the principle ‘ in limitation the master reveals himself ’ , which discloses the core of depression.
The purpose of the book is not merely to point out the relevance for the patient, the family and the practitioner, but moreover to read this as an exclamation mark on the course of events in contemporary psychiatry involving mental disorders – depression being one of them. Ultimately, it is a manifesto for our society, resulting from the statement: we are society.
Realising this, a new and unexpected perspective unfolds.
Escaping the depression is possible, because we are society, so we are the way out.

Marc Calmeyn

Marc Calmeyn – Nathan Filer – Jaakko Seikkula

In the beginning, was the word

reconstructing narratives in psychosis

Three international speakers investigate the language of madness.
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Marc Calmeyn will consider the Superior Health Council of Belgium’s epistemological evaluation of DSM 5. Its narrative considers mental diseases from medical and somatic nosology. Anthropopsychiatry as will be explained is about those mental diseases that are typically human.
The heuristic principle of Ockham’s razor is the cornerstone for a more scientifically inspired human(e) narrative of mental disorders. The surprising conclusion that DSM ‘thinking’ and psychotic logic have a common narrative will be clarified.
Author, Nathan Filer, will present his research into how authenticity and authority are achieved in mental health literature, and about the creative and ethical decisions that he’s made as a storyteller – at times in collaboration with others – to interrogate sensitive ideas about trauma while remaining alert to the challenges of engaging a general audience.
Professor of psychotherapy, Jaakko Seikkula, will discuss how in dialogical practice the core is to listen and respect the other without conditions and to guarantee that the speaker has been heard. Often this means paying attention to the affects, not so much the content itself. He will share some experiences of studies about how in the open meeting people start to speak psychotic way as a response to the comments and about what happens if the team do not respond to the reflections of the speaker.

Jaakko Seikkula, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
University of Agder, Norway
Professor of Psychotherapy (Emeritus)
Department of Psychology
University of Jyväskylä. Finland
Mobil phone: + 358 50 443 2361 or + 358 40 511 6502

Nathan Filer
Bath Spa University where I co-lead the Research Centre for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Creativity
Nathan Filer

Since 2014 I’ve taught Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, where I’m a Reader and Senior Lecturer.

Jeanny SeverijnsHet Lichtje

Toen ik een tijdje geleden bij mijn ouders logeerde, is het volgende ongeloofwaardige verhaal echt het gebeurd: Die avond ging mijn moeder als eerste naar bed in de slaapkamer op de begane grond. Daarna volgde ik en de logeerkamer bij de zolder was mijn slaapplek. Het zolderlicht moest blijven branden, omdat ik me anders niet veilig voelde. Tenslotte wilde mijn vader gaan slapen. Hij deed de voordeur op het nachtslot en deed het licht van de zolder uit. Tijdens mijn slaap en in het pikke donker kwamen allerlei duivels de slaapkamer binnen. Vanwege de herrie die ze begonnen te maken werd ik wakker. Ik was in doodsangst, maar wist de duivels te verdrijven. Daarna viel ik uitgeput opnieuw in slaap. Vanaf die ochtend speelde mijn moeder een belangrijke rol. 

Cynthia Dorrestijn

The female condition during perinatal period: A view from personal experience and phenomenological research.

This talk is about the question if and how more attention to the lived experience of birth giving and lying-in, as in a phenomenological perspective, may be helpful to improve how puerperal psychosis and prevention of such condition is understood and taken care of.

This question relates to my own experience. I am susceptible to psychosis and I am a mother of two sons. I experienced the birth of my two sons as very impactful and spiritually intense happenings, including psychotic like experiences, but without postpartum psychosis.

The bare facts of life of women becoming a mother are extraordinary, and as such potentially disarranging. Therefore the study of the female condition with pregnancy, childbirth, and lying-in seems relevant for a better understanding of puerperal psychosis.

I went through two periods of lying-in drug-free, since I wanted to gain access to the wealth of sensations that I – rightly, it turned out later – believed might belong to the period of lying-in. I wish that the fluid self, the crossmodal associations in perception, the very openness that I experienced in my period of lying-in, be appreciated for what they are, without the conversation being dominated by medication talk or an oppressive straitjacket of ‘the normal experience’. I think such value exploration is necessary, because such fluid self is also linked to the pre-psychotic, to the ‘uncanny’, a ‘minimal self’, in short, to an abnormal avoidable state of being.

Inspired by Marie Brown, and drawing on the New Phenomenology framework of Hermann Schmitz, I will evaluate my experiences I had as a new mother, in order broaden the concept of a ‘normal experience’ during the period of lying-in.

Psychotherapie en EPA – Congres

Een congres van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychiatrie op dinsdag 27 september 2022 in Utrecht

Wij nodigen u van harte uit voor dit bijzonder interessante congres georganiseerd door de Afdeling Psychotherapie en de Afdeling EPA van de NVvP!

Patiënten met Ernstige Psychiatrische Aandoeningen zijn gebaat bij psychiaters met goede psychotherapeutische vaardigheden. Voorheen werd sterk ingezet op de combinatie van farmacotherapie en de sociaalpsychiatrische invalshoek of rehabilitatie.

Dankzij de inbreng van ervaringsdeskundigen kwam er meer aandacht voor persoonlijk herstel naast symptomatisch en maatschappelijk herstel. Het belang en de mogelijkheden van psychotherapie bij EPA zijn steeds duidelijker geworden, zowel als het gaat om ernstige persoonlijkheidsstoornissen als om psychosen en/of een licht verstandelijke beperking.

Voor heel het programma zie hier of de flyer hieronder

Nationale Psychose Congres 2022

28 en 29 september houdt Kenniscentrum Phrenos haar jaarlijkse Psychose Congres

Het congres bestaat uit twee delen:

Op woensdagavond 28 september is de masterclass: Fenomenologie van psychose.
In de Masterclass zoeken we uit hoe fenomenologie ons verder kan helpen. Deze benadering onderzoekt subjectieve ervaringen van psychose om de essentie van psychose beter te begrijpen. We bespreken hoe wetenschappelijke inzichten vertaald kunnen worden naar de praktijk van behandeling.

Donderdag 29 september staat in het teken van vele betekenissen van psychose.
Deze betekenissen kunnen helpen te begrijpen wat psychose allemaal is, en beter om te gaan met ervaringen van psychose. Psychose zal worden belicht vanuit verschillende invalshoeken; van crosscultureel tot biologisch, de betekenis in historische context, persoonlijke ervaringen en de maatschappelijke kant, tot psycho-educatie en aanbevelingen voor de hulpverleners van de toekomst.
Op deze dag delen we kennis en ervaringen met hulpverleners, mensen die zelf psychose hebben meegemaakt en naasten op het Nationale Psychose Congres in Amersfoort. Daarbij is er volop ruimte voor inbreng van deelnemers.

Alle verdere info vind je hier

World Association of Cultural Psychiatry Conference 2022

Van 14 t/m 17 september 2022 houdt de WACP haar conferentie in Rotterdam.

The central theme of WACP2022 is “The Cultural Perspective in Psychiatry: Moving Forward to Meet the Needs of a Globalizing Society”. The entire program is now available on Key note speakers are Marie Rose Moro, Jean-Claude Métraux, Amade M’Charek, Laurence Kirmayer, Joop de Jong, Annemiek Richters and Frank Kortmann.

Pre-conference workshops by leading experts will be held on September 14th. They will highlight theory and research in cultural psychiatry; providing mental health services in humanitarian settings; the Cultural Formulation Interview; and more. You will find information and registration on

If you have any questions, please contact Find all information about the congress on

Working Conference on Resilience and Recovery

The CARe Network for Recovery and Inclusion organiseert op 6 en 7 oktober 2022 een conference in Split, Kroatië

As international mental health movement The CARe Network is deeply concerned about the violence in Ukraine, which is causing severe mental and physical damage to many people. We urge the Russian government to stop all actions in order to avoid further suffering and trauma.
We appreciate all the empathy and support given by countries, organizations and individuals across the world. Our network stands on mutual support and personal connections thus we want to express our support and readiness for help.
Jean Pierre Wilken, the president of the CARe Network

Alle info hier

International Conference Culture & Mental Health

Het Museum Dr. Guislain en “Iedereen Leest” organiseren samen
deze conferentie op 24 en 25 november 2022 in Gent.

The Cultural & Mental Health international conference will take place in Ghent, Belgium on 24 and 25 November 2022. This conference seeks to promote learning, discussion and debate around cultural interventions aimed at improving the wellbeing of people recovering from mental health difficulties or people in a vulnerable situation.

This conference wants to bring together individuals from the public, academic, third sector and voluntary sectors. To share experiences, practices and knowledge about the importance and impact of the arts, reading, heritage and creativity on improving mental health, wellbeing and resilience.

The Museum Dr. Guislain is an obvious choice as a venue for this conference. Housed in the oldest mental asylum in Belgium, which dates back to 1857, surrounded by a mental health hospital. This museum aims to break down the many prejudices that still define what is ‘mentally ill’ and what is ‘normal’.

A journey to the amazing city of Ghent for this conference is more than worthwhile. But as an extra we’re going to offer the participants exclusive pre-conference events organised in unique locations in Ghent, an exciting social programme and the opening in Museum Dr. Guislain of a special conference exhibition that will reflect on textiles, slow crafts and mental health.

Voor meer info kijk hier.