Psychotherapy Activism Conference – Jan 27-29

Thinking of joining us for our psychotherapy activism conference in January? Let us know so we can better plan this important event. Be part of the movement to preserve access to psychotherapy for those who need it most!

Advancing Psychotherapy for the Next Generation:
Rehumanizing Mental Health Policy and Practice

27-29 January 2017
The Chicago School
325 North Wells, 4th floor

Up to 15.5 Continuing Education credits (general, ethics, cultural competence) will be awarded to psychologists, social workers and LCPCs

Psychotherapy is alive and well, bringing growth, understanding, transformation, compassion and cure to millions of people across the globe. Psychotherapy, in this country, is also under attack. Insurance companies are reluctant to cover treatments of any depth; psychology training programs are more and more constrained to teach only behavioral techniques rather than dynamically-informed, relationship-based treatments; and much public policy is strongly biased towards medications and short-term, structured interventions for people in distress. So how do we safeguard psychotherapy?  How do we buffer it from the assaults of medicalization, managed care, instrumentalization and reductionism?  How do we create strong advocates for psychotherapy in public policy, professional education and clinical practice?  How do we create avenues of access not only for the rich, but for all?  We will gather to draw from psychology, psychoanalysis, social theory, cultural studies, public policy and public service in order to begin to develop a united voice for psychotherapy as a force of tikkun, of healing, of both individuals and our world. There has never been a more important time than now for collective action to support substantive treatment.  Please join us as we organize to ensure the future of psychotherapy for the next generation and beyond.

Register for the entire conference, for Saturday alone, or for Sunday alone. All registrants are also invited to attend our Friday opening night keynote panel.

Some of the highlights of our conference include…

Friday – Opening Night
Mental Health Care: What’s Working and What’s Not?

Jonathan Shedler – Where is the Evidence for Evidence-Based Therapy?  How Health Insurers, Policy Makers and Yes, Scientific Researchers are Selling us a Bill of Goods
Robert Whitaker – Mad in America: The Failure of our Current Paradigm of Care

Saturday – Psychotherapy in the Cross-Hairs: A Primer
(A partial list of presenters follows:)

Leonore Tiefer – Converging Factors Contributing to the Decline in the Status of Talk Therapy

*The Politics of Mental Health Care: Sociopolitical Perspectives*
Panel Discussion

Claude Barbre – “People With A Future Instead Of A Face”:  Neoliberalism, Neo-illiberalism, and Policy Language Mystification In Psychology
Frank Summers – Psychoanalysis and its Place in Contemporary Culture

*How Insurance Gets it Wrong: A Case Study of Psychosis*
Panel Discussion

Bertram Karon – Psychotherapy as a Treatment of Choice for Psychosis
Jessica Wall – Medicare and Me:  A Modern Day Disaster

Allan Scholom – The Psycho-Politics of Evidence Based Practice and the Assault on Our Mental Health and Mental Health Care

*Psychotherapy in the Community: A Hopeful Resurgence*
Panel Discussion

 Angela Sedeno and Michael Snediker – On The Kedzie Center and Coalition to Save our Mental Health Centers

*The Importance of Psychotherapy for Creativity:  A Round Table of Artists and Writers, including some surprise guests!*

And make sure to join us for some culinary bliss at our conference dinner!

Sunday – A Call to Action in Support of Psychotherapy

*Advancing Psychotherapy: Individual and Collective Resources*
Panel Discussion

Todd Essig –Advocating for Psychotherapy in the Media, Both Mass and Social
Meiram Bendat – Advocating for Psychotherapy Through the Courts:  Class Action Suits on Behalf of Psychotherapy

Oksana Yakushko – On Rats, Stats, and the Search for Happiness:A Critical History of Psychotherapy in American Academia

*The Politics of Mental Health Care: Advocating, Lobbying, Legislating*
Panel Discussion

Daniel Biss – Legislation Regarding Mental Health Issues at the State Level – How to Have an Impact
Jan Schakowsky (pending availability) – Legislation Regarding Mental Health Issues at the Federal Level – How to Have an Impact
Ed Santana – Lobbying for Psychotherapy: The US and Canada

*Tackling Goliath:  Insurance Coverage for Psychotherapy*
Panel Discussion

Bernard Turnoy – The Realities of Economics and the Politics of Health Insurance in the United States:  An Insider’s Perspective
Noel Hunter – Upcoming Mental Health Legislation and Medicare “Reform:”  Voter Beware
John Garver – Covered Without Access: New Insurance Trends Impacting Psychotherapy Practices

And … the inaugural organizing meeting for the Psychotherapy Action Network advocacy group!

See you there!