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Trenger vi kunnskap om nedtrapping av psykofarmaka? Hvis ja, hvilken kunnskap, for hvem? (Norwegian)

Workshop 17. januar 2019.

Terningen Arena – Elverum – auditorium 4




Nedtrapning af psykofarmaka (Danish)

‘Salonen’ Østerbrogade 222, 2100 Copenhagen
12. november 2018 kl. 18.30 – 20.30

Mange mennesker har ikke brug for den psykofarmaka, som de har taget i mange år – men de har svært ved at trappe ud. Der følger nemlig abstinenssymptomer med – man får det dårligt, fordi kroppen har vænnet sig til daglig medicin og kan ikke undvære den. Det er der råd for, så kom og hør, hvordan en vellykket nedtrapning kan finde sted.

Målgruppe: brugere af psykofarmaka, pårørende og andre interesserede.

Oplægsholderne har alle stor viden indenfor deres områder. De vil hver på ca. 15 minutter fortælle om deres egne erfaringer enten som behandler eller som tidligere bruger af psykofarmaka.

Birgit Signora Toft, Anders Sørensen, Olga Runciman, Line Diemer Lyng

Adgangsbillet (40 kr.) betales ved tilmelding over eller på mobilpay 23 74 85 93

Arrangør: Birgit Signora Toft, Teamtoft.



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



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.



Alternative Paths in Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

An Intimate Look at Non-Diagnostic Practices

Webinar Sunday, October 28, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (US)


Carina Håkansson, Ph.D.

is a social worker, licensed psychotherapist, lecturer and “activist.” She is the co-founder and on the faculty of International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW). She founded and was Managing Director at the Family Care Foundation(1987-2015) and recently created The Extended Therapy Room Foundation. Her books include: The Extended Therapy Room – Coming from an Authentic Place and Ordinary Life Therapy: Experiences from a Collaborative Systemic Practice.

Hugh Polk, M.D.

is a psychiatrist and social therapist practicing in New York City. He is on the faculty of the East Side Institute and has led numerous workshops and presentations on social therapy at conferences in the U.S. and around the world. Hugh is co-author of the Institute’s blog, Talkin’ Therapy with Hugh Polk and Ann Green and a former medical director of a number of community mental health centers in NYC. He completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, received his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and did his psychiatric residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Lois Holzman, Ph.D.

is the co-founder of the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy. For more than 30 years, Holzman has led the way in developing a new psychology that understands our ability to perform – to be who we are and other than who we are – as key to our emotional, social and intellectual growth. She is a founder and the chair of the Performing the World conferences, which support the emerging social change approach known as performance activism. Holzman is a mentor and coach to hundreds of scholars, educators, artists and community activists around the globe. She is the author of 10 books – including her latest, The Overweight Brain – and hundreds of chapters, essays and articles, a selection of which are featured in the recently published Big Ideas and Revolutionary Activity. Holzman received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and was recently appointed Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Vygotskian Practice and Performance by the Lloyd International Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


A Live Webinar Conversation
Moderated by Lois Holzman, Ph.D.

Sunday, October 28, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time (US)

Institutional Rate: $125
Registration fee: $45; Student/Retired $25; Low Income $15

Register Today!


Carina Håkansson and Hugh Polk are not your typical clinicians. She is a social worker and psychotherapist from Sweden influenced by Open Dialogue and other humanistic, collaborative approaches. In her career, Dr. Håkansson has founded alternative treatment centers and initiated the founding of the Institute for Psychiatric Withdrawal. He is an American psychiatrist with years of experience as a community organizer. Trained by Fred Newman in Social Therapy, Dr. Polk helped establish social therapy centers in the New York City area. He has decades of experience running social therapy groups and supervising young therapists.

Breaking out of the medical model and diagnostic paradigms, each of them has pioneered and developed therapeutic approaches that empower people to build community with their emotional pain, to touch others and create new possibilities.

Join Carina, Hugh and Institute director Lois Holzman for an intimate conversation about their work and their discoveries.


For more information contact:
Ann Green –

119 West 23 Street, Suite 902, New York, NY 10011



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.



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.



Network Meeting in Tromso, Norway, August 30 –September 3, 2017

The 22nd International Meeting for the Treatment of Psychosis



Symposium in Gothenburg, Sweden, October 15, 2016

Pharmaceuticals – risks and alternatives