One Day Course With Laura Delano About Withdrawal From Psychiatric Drugs In A Safe And Sustainable Way

The number of psychiatric diagnoses is increasing steadily as well as the prescription of psychiatric drugs. The knowledge about withdrawing from these drugs is, unfortunately, missing to a large extent, and so is practical information about the withdrawal process. Although we rarely hear that withdrawal from psychiatric drugs is possible, this process takes place every day throughout the world. Many former patients and professional carers have valuable experience and knowledge about key components. Tis course will provide inspiration, information and knowledge about internationally recognized withdrawal procedures through research and practice. Specific methods will be presented as well as outcomes of these and testimonies from people who live a life without either drugs or psychiatry.

The course is led by Laura Delano, former patient and now Director of Inner Compass Initiative in the United States, leader of The Withdrawal Project, an Internet-based resource for safer withdrawal, and former coordinator at MadinAmerica.
Introduction by Carina Håkansson, Head of the Family Care Foundation for more than 25 years, founder of the Extended Therapy Room and The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal.

When and where: June 18th from 10 AM to 4 PM at Järntorget 4 in Gothenburg. Fee: 1 200 SEK. Coffee and a light lunch are included. The number of participants is limited to 25 people.
The course is held in English.
Registration by May 20th to
For more information, please contact Carina or Eva, phone +46-31-120060. Welcome!


Research seminar about depression pills

Bethesda, Rømersgade 17, København (Israels Plads)
Thursday, 14 June from 1 to 4.30 p.m.

Read more about the seminar here.



Beyond Diagnosis

An introduction to the history, practice and functions of psychiatric diagnosis.

The issue of medical diagnosis in mental health has always been contentious, with many professionals questioning the reliability and validity of psychiatric diagnosis.
On this course, you’ll get an introduction the history, practice and functions of psychiatric diagnosis. You’ll find out about some of the benefits of psychiatric diagnosis, as well as the possible negative outcomes. You’ll understand the principal criticisms of psychiatric diagnosis, including validity, utility and underlying theoretical assumptions. You’ll explore some of the possible alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis.



Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal II

This second series of on-line continuing education presentations will inform participants of what we know about withdrawing from psychiatric medications. This set of 8 monthly webinars will focus on the views of internationally recognized psychiatrists and begin on June 19 with a town hall session hosted by Robert Whitaker with 3 participants. One will be a person with lived experience in withdrawing, the second and third will be a psychiatrist and a psychologist.

We are offering a discount to IIPDW users for those who sign up by May 15. The discount allows users to sign up for $50 for the eight seminar course, and the discount code is: IIPDWDISCOUNT



Seminar on withdrawal of psychiatric drugs
Friday 16 March 2018
Hotel Nyborg Strand, Denmark

At the request of several psychiatrists, we are offering a seminar on psychiatric drug withdrawal during the annual meeting of the Danish Psychiatric Association. We shall explain why most patients would benefit from having their drugs withdrawn and how to do it in practice.

One of psychiatry’s biggest challenges is that hundreds of thousands of Danes are currently receiving treatment with psychiatric drugs. Many of these patients would get a better life if their drugs were withdrawn and many would want to come off their medication but cannot get professional help to assist them in doing so.

The course will be held in the morning and repeated in the afternoon. Participation is free, but registration is required. Please send an email to and specify if you want to to participate in the morning or the afternoon session.

The course will be held in Danish by professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis and physician, Peter C. Gøtzsche and psychologist and PhD student, Anders Sørensen.

Peter held a course on psychiatric drug withdrawal in Copenhagen in 2017 and taught psychiatrists on a similar course in Göteborg in 2017. He is a co-founder of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal.

Anders does research on psychiatric drug withdrawal at the Nordic Cochrane Centre and is currently working on a Cochrane review on the subject. He has helped many patients withdraw, including many who failed to succeed previously due to abstinence symptoms.

Link to the invitation (in Danish)
Link to practical tips and tricks and an abstinence chart:



Pilot study: Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs: How, When and Why

The Institute is offering a first-of-its-kind course, which is led by Institute Faculty members with an expertise in the practice of withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. The course is designed for psychiatrists/prescribers, mental health professionals, psychologists, family members and to those concerned. Each participant contributes with essential experience and knowledge in close cooperation with the group.

The facilitators for the first part of the course are Sami Timimi, Olga Runciman and Carina Håkansson. These three professionals have extensive experience working with helping adults and children taper off psychiatric medications successfully.

The second part of the course will focus on current research, and implementation of tapering protocols. The facilitators for the second part are Robert Whitaker, Peter Gøtzsche, Will Hall and Carina Håkansson.