Scientific Symposium

Pharmaceuticals – risks and alternatives

The 15th of October 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden

More than 220 people from 13 different countries gathered in the ”Peoples House” in Gothenburg to hear about research findings and knowledge regarding risks with psycho pharmaceuticals and alternatives to the biological model within psychiatry.

An important day with sharing and meetings, new knowledge and reminders of things we already know.

During the weekend we announced the foundation of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW). Members of the Institute faculty are Olga Runciman, Sami Timimi, Birgitta Alakare, Robert Whitaker, Will Hall, Carina Håkansson, Jaakko Seikkula, Volkmar Aderhold, John Read, Peter Gøtzsche and Magnus Hald. More information about the Institute will be available shortly.

Read Kermit Coles blogpost about IIPDW: “Exploring Psychiatry’s “Black Hole”: The International Institute on Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal”

Here you can take part of the presentations from the symposium:

Birgitta Alakare, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Finland
Western Lapland

Carina Håkansson, PhD, Lic. Psychotherapist, Sweden
Presentation at the scientific symposium

Jaakko Seikkula, Professor of Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychologist, Finland
Naturalistic study designs for developing the system to reduced medication

John Read, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Researcher, UK
The social causes of human distress: Implications for how to respond

Olga Runciman, Psychologist, Denmark
Building Bridges in Everyday Life

Robert Whitaker, Science Journalist, Author, USA
The Case for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

Sami Timimi, Professor, Child Psychiatrist, UK
Empowering narratives and psychiatric diagnosis and medication

Will Hall, Counselor, Researcher, USA
Psychiatric Medications: a Harm Reduction Approach
Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

Volkmar Aderhold, Psychiatrist, Lic. Psychotherapist, Germany
Brain changes through neuroleptics and therapeutic consequences

Read more about the participants here.