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Exploring the Promise and the Pitfalls of "Mad Pride"

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Help people find a balance between romanticizing madness and awfulizing it, while supporting them in exploring diverse types of recovery.

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When people talk about finding something of value in “mad” or “psychotic” or “extreme” experiences, they are usually accused by those in mainstream psychiatry of “romanticizing an illness,” and overlooking how disruptive and distressing these states can be. But when only the negatives about mad experiences are noticed, the focus then goes exclusively to attempts at suppression, despite increasing evidence that this strategy contributes to long term dysfunction.

This webinar will explore a middle ground approach, which balances an awareness of the hazards of mad experiences with a willingness to notice what might be positive about them. Starting with a more open mind, it becomes possible to help people explore and eventually understand their experiences in life promoting ways, rather than being stuck in either avoiding and suppressing them or being overwhelmingly immersed in them. Methods of applying this approach to improving interactions with “mad” people, and with the “mad” portions of our own minds, will be discussed.

About the presenter:

Ron Unger, LCSW, is a therapist and educator specializing in psychological approaches for psychosis, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He has a special interest in the intersection of trauma, dissociation, psychosis, and spirituality, and his work is informed by his own personal experience of that intersection. Ron chairs the education committee of the US Chapter of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches for Psychosis (ISPS-US), maintains a blog at recoveryfrompsychosis.org, and is an advisory board member of the Mad in America Continuing Education project.

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About ISPS-US webinars:

A donation of $5-$40 is requested, though no one turned away for lack of funds. Please note that your donation goes for a good cause:  It goes to support the efforts of ISPS-US to bring more attention to psychological and social approaches to psychosis. 

It is a difficult time for smaller non-profits like ISPS-US, so any donation you can make is much appreciated!  But if you cannot afford to donate anything, please click "Register" then click on "Enter promo code" and type in the code "Scholarship" to access free registration.

These meetings are recorded and shared on the ISPS website and elsewhere for later viewing.  Those who register will be emailed a link to the recording when it becomes available.

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