History – Objectives – Organization

ISPS, the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis, in its initial form and under the name “International Symposium for the Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia”, was established in 1956 in Bern Switzerland by Dr. Gaetano Benedetti and Dr. Christian Muller to promote, in addition to the biological, the psychoanalytical and social understanding of and approach to schizophrenia and other psychoses, through a series of symposia. In 1997 first set up under the name International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and other Psychoses, and in 2012 adopted its present name of eliminating the term “schizophrenia” as inappropriate.

ISPS Hellas, is the Greek branch of ISPS. ISPS Hellas was established in 2006 on the initiative of Dr. Anastassios Koukis and operates on the basis of Statutes similar to those of ISPS in the form of a Civil Not-for-Profit Company.

ISPS Hellas is an independent organisation whose events (annual conference, meetings etc.), action in aid of … and provision of non-profit therapeutic assistance are financed exclusively by participants, members’ subscriptions and special sponsorships by individuals, groups or public institutions who have a disinterested concern in promoting the treatment of psychoses.

Main objectives of ISPS Hellas:

  • The systematic theoretical and clinical approach (psychobiological, psychological and social) to the psychoses through seminars, educational programmes, conferences and congresses.
  • To ensure the appropriate psychotherapy and psychological support for persons suffering from schizophrenia or other psychotic conditions.
  • To create programmes for the treatment and prevention of psychoses, especially when they are chronic or characterised by early onset.
  • To promote research into psychoses on the individual, group and family psychotherapy level.
  • The provision to mental health professionals of systematic training and/or supervision in the private and group psychotherapy of psychoses.
  • The sensitisation of members and the broader public alike to dealing with psychoses by means of special working groups.
  • The Board of ISPS Hellas consists of members who represent almost the full spectrum of related disciplines and specialisations (psychiatry, philosophy, psychology, social work, the humanities and economics, etc.). Board members are elected every two (2) years.

    The ISPS Hellas Annual General Assembly and Annual Conference (theoretical-experiential seminar) are held at the same time in Athens. The members are notified of the Annual General Assembly and invited to take part in the Conference at least two (2) months in advance. At the Annual General Assembly, the Budget and other items are discussed and elections are held. Proposals to amend the Statutes should be submitted to the Board at least one (1) month before the General Assembly convenes.