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Making Sense of Psychosis, Registration Now Open!

Making Sense of Psychosis, Registration Now Open!

Registration for the upcoming ISPS-NZ Making Sense of Psychosis Conference is now open!

To register, just fill out attached registration form, or click here to download it from our website.

Shifting the Korero is about shifting the conversation about psychosis. If we are to shift paradigms, destroy myths and make breakthroughs then we need to create environments which bring in new, diverse, and creative views. We wish to embrace and acknowledge the expertise of all involved with psychosis.

This year ISPS-NZ will be hosting two days of pre-conference workshops and a two day conference. As much as we would love your attendance to all four days, we understand the realities of a busy lifestyle and a number of commitments. This year we are providing the option to attend single days, to fit around busy schedules. All prices are listed on the registration form.

Please see below the preliminary itinerary for each of the four days:

*Please note scheduled time slots are subject to change

a.m. Dr Melissa Taitimu - Kapa Te Rarawa, te Aupouri (Clinical Psychologist, Headspace Australia), Culturally Competent Work with Maori

p.m. Dr Patte Randal (Psychiatrist, Buchanan Rehabilitation Centre) and Dr Deborah Proverbs (Psychiatrist), Open Dialogue

a.m. Dr Ingo Lambrecht (Clinical Psychologist, Manawanui, ADHB) and Kaumatua Ron Baker (Kaumatua, Manuanui), Cultural Trauma and Psychosis

p.m. Dr Patte Randal (Psychiatrist, Buchanan Rehabilitation Centre) and Dr Deborah Proverbs, Open Dialogue

8.30a.m. Powhiri

9.00a.m. Keynote Wiremu Niania (Cultural therapist) and Dr Allister Bush (Psychiatrist, Te Whare Marie, Capital and Coast DHB), Voice hearing and Māori healing.

~morning tea~

10.30a.m. Hinengaro (mind and emotions) Discussion Panel


2.00p.m. Wairua (spirituality, meaning) Discussion Panel
5.00p.m. Film Screening and Presentation of the John Read Award*

*We will be awarding the inaugural John Read Award to acknowledge an individual's commitment to shifting the paradigm and perspectives on our collective understanding of psychosis. Please nominate a person who you believe has displayed such a commitment or made an outstanding contribution to Shifting the Korero. Please contact Ingo Lambrecht with this

8.30a.m. Keynote Speaker Karlo Mila (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Auckland). Mana Moana: Ways of Knowing from the Deep Ocean.

~Morning Tea~

10.30a.m. Tinana (physical body) Discussion Panel

~Lunch and AGM (all ISPS-NZ members welcome to attend)~
2.00p.m. Whanau (family, social) Discussion Panel

~End of Conference~

A bit about our Keynote Speakers:

Wiremu NiaNia is a healer of Tūwharetoa, Ngati Kahungungu, Tūhoe and Pākeha descent and has worked for many years as a cultural therapist in mental health services in Gisborne and Porirua. For the last 9 years he has worked closely with Dr Allister Bush, a Pakeha psychiatrist, based at Te Whare Marie, the kaupapa Māori Mental Health service in Porirua. In this presentation, Wiremu and Allister will share a story of Wiremu's traditional healing work with a Māori young person who was hearing very distressing voices. This is a story of partnership between a Māori traditional healer and a Pakeha psychiatrist, and will emphasise the point of view of the young person who experienced this healing work.

Karlo Mila is a poet, writer and researcher of Tongan, Samoan, and Palangi decent. Her PhD focused on the culture, identity and wellbeing of the NZ-born Pacific population. "What is healing in a Pacific mental health context?" Karlo's postdoctoral research developed a culturally responsive, indigenous Pacific mental health intervention. Karlo has also had to cope and make meaning from lived experiences of severe mental illness. Her research has been fueled by trying to understand how traditional knowledge from the Pacific region would have framed and interpreted these experiences. This has led to the creation of Mana Moana.

In order to keep it affordable for you, this will be a paper free conference. Please print the programme (available on website prior to conference) beforehand and bring tablet/pen and paper as needed. We will be providing tea/ coffee and morning and afternoon tea but please BYO lunch or access nearby cafes.

For more information about Making Sense of Psychosis: Shifting the Korero, or would like to participate in the panel discussions, please visit our website: or email


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