Promoting psychological and social approaches to psychosis

Past Events

ISPS Australia Past Events 2013-2016

Jump to:
2013        2014      2015       2016        2017      2018


Making Sense of Voices:
10th October 2013

One day workshop at Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland, Herston, Brisbane
Facilitator: Debra Lampshire – Expert By Experience

As part of Mental Health Week 2013, ISPS Australia PastEvents_DebraLampshire_1partnered with the Brisbane Hearing Voices network to provide an opportunity for the emerging Hearing Voices groups to hear from Debra Lampshire, who visited Brisbane on her way back to Auckland after a speaking tour, which has included Poland, Denmark, UK and USA.

Inaugural ISPS Australia AGM at World Hearing Voices Congress 2013
Presentation by: Prof Pat McGorry


ISPS Australia partnered with the Queensland Hearing Voices Community to present two events:
16th July 2014
Voices of Recovery
A free one day workshop
Delivered by:  Debra Lampshire and Amanda Waegeli.




Understanding Voices: What we have learned from lived experience and research
Presentations by: A/Prof James Scott and Debra Lampshire

PastEvents_JamesScottDebra Lampshire spoke about her personal journey of recovery and the importance of working with voices (auditory hallucinations), and links between understanding distressing voices and beliefs, and recovery from psychosis.

A/Prof James Scott presented principles and findings from contemporary research on voice hearing experiences. James is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist with special interests in the effects of trauma, especially focusing on bullying and early intervention in psychosis. He is currently investigating the occurrence of psychosis-like experiences in the general community.

2014 Australian Open Dialogue Awareness and Training Tour From Finland:
17-28th February 2014
Presented by:  Jaakko Seikkula and Markku Sutela

PastEvents_MarkkuSutelaPastEvents_JaakkoSeikkulaWorkshops and seminars on the Open Dialogue approach to psychiatric crisis.
ISPS Australia and partners Richmond Fellowship WA, Mental Illness Fellowship SA, Mind SA, Uni SA, QUT Department of Psychology, ISPS Townsville, ACMHN and SOLAS Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Mental Health Melbourne, ARAFMI, Mental Health Association and the Consumer Advisory Group presented a series of events including one- and two-day events around Australia, along with a special intensive in Sydney.

Free public seminar with visiting psychiatrist Dr Hugh Middleton from the Critical Psychiatry Network:
22th May 2014
Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney.

PastEvents_HughMiddletonThis seminar provided an opportunity to hear about and discuss current issues in mental health, offering an opportunity to consider issues related to diagnosis, medication, compulsory treatment, and their comparison with client-centred, evidence-based recovery processes. Hugh drew on his interest in the application of social sciences theory and methods to mental health issues and discuss their role in therapeutic practice.


Inaugural ISPS Australia Conference and 2015 AGM New Paradigms and Therapies for Psychosis: The Experience of Listening:
28-29th May 2015
La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne.

This milestone event for ISPS Australia focused on conversations about new approaches to understanding and treating psychosis. The conference aimed to provide a space to network and exchange ideas with colleagues from around Australia and beyond.

Volkmar AderholdPlenary speakers included:
Volkmar Aderhold MD PhD, Consultant Psychiatrist:
expert in Open Dialogue and the Need Adapted approaches, and adaptation of these to new services with peer and clinical teams.

Paul Lysaker Paul Lysaker PhD, Professor of Psychology:
expert in metacognitive approaches to recovery in psychosis and the use of dialogue in these processes

Workshops with Paul Lysaker
Metacognitive Reflective and Insight Therapy (MERIT)
A form of individual psychotherapy for psychosis
27th May 2015, Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney
30th May 2015, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Voices of Recovery 2015
23rd June 2015
Debra Lampshire and Amanda Waegeli
Sunnybank Community Hall, Brisbane.

ISPS Australia partnered with Metro South Mental Health and the Queensland Hearing Voices Community to present Debra Lampshire and Amanda Waegeli offering a free one day workshop for voice hearers, family, friends and workers.


Implementing Peer Supported Open Dialogue in the UK
Jane Hetherington
10th February 2016 – Swinburne University, Melbourne.
16th February 2016 – Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney

 ISPS Australia, ACAP and Swinburne University presented two free talks by Jane Hetherington on the development and implementation of Peer Supported Open Dialogue in England.

The Aarhus Model: A Contemporary, innovative approach of working with auditory hallucinations
Trevor Eyles
March 4th 2016, Breakfast Presentation, Perth.
March 4th 2016, One day training, Perth.

PastEvents_TrevorEylesVisiting from Community Psychiatry in Aarhus, Denmark. Trevor is originally trained as a mental health nurse in the UK but has worked in community psychiatry in Aarhus, Denmark for the past 15 years where he has developed the ‘Aarhus Model’ of working with voices. ISPS Australia and Richmond Wellbeing presented two opportunities to see Trevor in Perth.

Voices of Recovery 2016
Debra Lampshire, Amanda Waegeli and Assoc. Prof. James Scott
12th July 2016
Sunnybank Community Hall, Brisbane.

ISPS Australia partnered with Metro South Mental Health, the Queensland Hearing Voices Community and Aftercare to present Debra Lampshire, Amanda Waegeli and Assoc. Prof. James Scott offering this annual free one day workshop for voice hearers, family, friends and workers.


The St. Vincent’s Open Dialogue Initiative
The Centre for Family-Based Mental Health Care
ISPS Australia
The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales

ISPS OD Training Slider

A four day Open Dialogue Teaching and Training Seminar

Gini with trainers Jaana and Kari with ISPS Aus board members Amanda and Matt at the Sydney OD event.
Gini with trainers Jaana and Kari with ISPS Aus board members Amanda and Matt at the Sydney OD event.

Open Dialogue is a resource-oriented approach to mental health, which aims at mobilising psychosocial resources in a crisis-struck person’s social network. It operates on the basis of core humanistic values of openness, social inclusion, and personal autonomy and genuine user and family involvement in the decision-making processes. Open Dialogue includes a particular dialogical approach to psychotherapy and an emphasis on organising responsive and seamless healthcare pathways.

We presented a four-day Open Dialogue Training Seminar where Scandinavian expert trainers will present core theoretical principles and teach Open Dialogue psychotherapeutic skills through hands-on training exercises.

The teachers were Jaana Castella and Kari Valtanen.

Reflections on The Sydney Open Dialogue Training by Gini Witt

Open Dialogue: An introduction to the approach and training

Nick Putman and Richard Armitage

30th October, 2017

This seminar was held with the support of RANZCP and offered an introductory seminar on Open Dialogue by two UK experts in this approach. Nick and Richard included an outline of a program they had been working on in Queensland involving a partnership between the PHN, Flourish Australia, Queensland Health and Central Queensland University training mental health clinicians and peer workers.

Open Dialogue Training Brisbane


Compassion in Psychosis: 22-24th March 2018

Please click on the left-side image to read the flyer about the upcoming Compassion in Psychosis event.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Compassion Focused Therapy for Psychosis with
Eleanor Longden & Charlie Heriot-Maitland
Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd March 2018

– AND –

Conference: Compassion in Psychosis
Saturday 24th March 2018

ISPS Australia Compassion in Psychosis PROGRAM

ISPS Australia Compassion in Psychosis SNAPSHOT