iSPS Australia

International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis

ISPS Australia Past Events 2013 - 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 partnered 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 loved experience and research
Presented by: A/Prof James Scott and Debra Lampshire

Debra 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

Workshops 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:
22nd Mar 2014
Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney.

This 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:
18-19th 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.

Plenary 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 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.

Visiting 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
– Breakfast Presentation, Perth.
March 4th 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 and The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales presented

A four day open

Dialogue Teaching and Training Seminar

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

2019 / 2020

The Power Threat Meaning Framework: A focus on psychosis and trauma
4-5th March 2019, Adelaide, SA

ISPS Australia in partnership with Blue Knot is excited to bring together these world leaders in mental health reform, for a two-day workshop. (With one day events held by Blue Knot in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne).

Dr Lucy Johnstone (UK) and Professor John Cromby (UK).

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn more about the Power Threat Meaning Framework and its relevance to people who experience trauma and psychosis and those who support them.

Register at:

The Power Threat Meaning Framework was published in January 2018 by the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. Jointly produced by a core team of psychologists and service users, it is an ambitious attempt to outline a conceptual alternative to the diagnostic model of distress and unusual experiences, and has attracted national and international interest.
The Framework can offer people living with extreme forms of distress, and those who work with them, a new understanding of the causal role of relationships, life events, social contexts, and cultural expectations, along with trauma and adversities. This has significant implications for personal recovery, clinical practice, service provision, cross cultural perspectives and public health policy.

By attending this 2-day workshop, participants will:
• Understand the core principles of the Power Threat Meaning Framework ·
• Understand the context within which the Framework has emerged, and its implications within and beyond clinical services ·
• Have an opportunity to practice applying the Framework ideas
• Understand its relevance to trauma informed approaches to psychosis
• Be provided with access to relevant documents and resources

Who should attend?
This workshop is relevant to people working clinically or as peer workers, as well as people who use services, carers, policy makers, researchers, academics and members of the public.

Dr Lucy Johnstone is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and one of the lead authors of the PTM Framework. Her books include ‘Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy’ (Routledge, 2013) and ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’ (PCCS Books, 2014). She is former Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and is an experienced clinician, trainer and conference speaker.

Professor John Cromby, one of the co-authors of the PTM Framework, is Professor of Psychology, ULSB, University of Leicester UK. He has published 11 books, more than 70 academic journal articles, and over 30 contributions to academic books. John is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), and a Chartered Academic Psychologist. His co-authored textbook ‘Psychology, Mental Health and Distress’ was a 2014 British Psychological Society ‘Book of the Year’.

2019 ISPS International Conference Flyer


Childhood Trauma and Psychosis with Dr Sarah Bendall
ISPS Au Live Webinar


We are delighted to announce our upcoming live webinar on Childhood Trauma and Psychosis with Dr Sarah Bendall.
This event will take place on Tuesday the 16th of November at 7-8.30pm AEDT.
 Please download the flyer for further details.

In this 90-minute live webinar Dr Sarah Bendall will briefly review current knowledge on prevalence of trauma in those with psychosis, and mechanisms between psychosis, PTSD and other trauma-related symptoms. She will focus her presentation on the evidence for trauma-focused treatments in psychosis and present a model of trauma-informed care developed for early psychosis services. 

Dr Sarah Bendall is a clinical psychologist and associate professor at Orygen and the University of Melbourne. She researches trauma informed care in youth mental health, trauma in early psychosis and the development of new psychological therapies for recovery in youth mental health. She is the author of over 80 research papers and three psychological treatment manuals. She has practiced as a clinical psychologist for over 20 years in a variety of settings including adult and adolescent outpatient mental health. She currently practices at headspace and provides clinical supervision for psychologists working in headspace services.