Welcome to ISEPP: The International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry
The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) is an organization of people who find, study, use and promote safe, humane and life-enhancing approaches to helping people who are experiencing emotional distress, life crises, difficult dilemmas, spiritual emergencies and other forms of overwhelm and who, due to those experiences, are diagnosed with mental disorders.
Such approaches include various forms of psychotherapy, support groups, self-help programs and help with employment, relationships, education, housing, exercise, nutrition and other issues of living.
We use the standards of scientific inquiry to study and criticize psychology, psychiatry and mental health practices. At the heart of our critique is the fact that "mental illnesses" are not literal illnesses like diabetes and cancer. Despite popular media portrayal, decades of scientific research have failed to demonstrate any biological pathology that causes "mental illness". For this reason, they should not be considered medical problems and traditional medical treatment is not a solution. In particular, psychotropic drugs only temporarily mask emotions. Not only does this masking prevent people from understanding their problems and making important life changes, these drugs also carry with them a whole host of dangerous effects that typically are not explained to users when they are prescribed.
We have reviewed the research that “finds” that mental disorders are caused by chemical imbalances, genetic dynamics and neurological anomalies and have found it lacking in scientific validity. Rather, our experience and our study tells us that the great majority of the states of being which lead people to be diagnosed with mental disorders are essentially how people are reacting to their life situations - avoiding pain, protecting themselves, feeling more adequate, gaining the illusion of control, dealing with fear and loss, seeking some degree of control and comfort – and that the best way to help them is to use the “symptoms” to learn about themselves, become more accepting of what is true about themselves and their lives and learn how to manage their thoughts, feelings, intentions, perceptions, reactions and behavior so they can live more the way they want to live.
Our membership includes mental health professionals, researchers, educators, lawyers, psychiatric survivors, consumers, family members and advocates. All are welcome. We support one another, inform the media, the public and fellow professionals and influence public policy about the risks entailed in biopsychiatry and the benefits of more safe, effective, life-enhancing ways of helping people who are going through hard times.
Our annual conferences are opportunities for us to connect with each other, learn, get re-energized and commit ourselves to making a difference in the world of mental health.
We invite you to join with us in making that difference. The best ways to do that are to attend our annual conference and become a member of ISEPP.
Dominick Riccio, Executive Director
Michael Gilbert, Treasurer
If you have questions or concerns about joining ISEPP, renewing your membership or registering for the conference on this website, please contact:
Robert Sliclen, Membership Director
201 664 2566
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- Maria Mangicaro