ICSPP is Dr. Peter Breggin's pioneering international voice for 
genuine reform in psychiatry and mental health since 1971 





















The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Peter R. Breggin MD for professionals and non-professionals who want to raise ethical and scientific standards in psychology and psychiatry.  The board of directors, advisory council and membership include professionals in many fields spanning psychology, counseling, social work, nursing, psychiatry, and other medical specialties, neuroscience, education, religion, and law, as well as concerned advocates, families and laypersons.  Join the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy,  Education & Living today! Be part of this  innovative and forward thinking field as we move ahead as ICSPP.

Psychiatric diagnoses, drugs, electroshock and other biological interventions are not the answer to human psychological and spiritual suffering.  The Center is devoted to examining the false theories and dangerous practices of biological psychiatry and to replacing them with more humane and caring approaches.   

Our conferences are among the most scientifically informed, innovative, and inspiring. For many professionals and advocates they are life-changing. Empathic Therapy Conference DVD sets are available here, with many informative, stimulating and inspiring hours of conference material.  You can also listen to the over 360 hours of radio interviews Dr. Peter Breggin has had with many of the leading professionals and practitioners in psychiatric reform. It is like a conference all year long!  Find complete searchable archives and download episodes of the Dr. Peter Breggin Hour here. You can find many of Dr. Breggin's series on iTunes, and on Podbean.


To be fully involved in the emerging field of Empathic Therapy and psychiatric reform:

1. Join and support our reform organization The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy.
2. Buy and watch our Empathic Therapy Conference DVDs.
3. Sign up for Dr. Breggin's Frequent Alerts! Free email alerts chock full of information, perspectives and news, delivered right to your email.
4. Listen weekly to Dr. Peter Breggin's inspiring internet radio talk show with some of the best guests in the world in the arena of mental health and living.
5. Visit Dr. Peter R. Breggin's professional website for his books, his blogs, videos, scientific papers and more important educational materials.
​6. Consult the ECTresources website, Dr. Peter Breggin's extensive resource site about the dangerous and damaging effects of ECT and why the process should be banned.
7. Read the Founding Guidelines of our Center.

Be part of the future of Empathic Therapy and psychiatric reform!  


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Dr. Peter Breggin's
International Center for the Study 
of Patient-Oriented Psychiatry
             ~ICSPP~

The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy is now expanding its outreach under the name:
International Center for the Study of Patient-Oriented Psychiatry (ICSPP).  Our goals remain the same. Patient-Oriented Psychiatry requires a critical analysis of the prevailing diagnosis-based, brain-injurious treatments now promoted by the psychiatric industry and demands a renewed dedication to empathic approaches that help people to fulfill their psychological, relational, and spiritual aspirations. 

Stay in touch for exciting news as we increase our impact by sponsoring and cosponsoring  other organizations that share our values and aims.

For our next event we are cosponsoring a conference with Pam Popper's Wellness Forum Health organization Nov. 9-11, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. 

Warning!  Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision. Methods for safely withdrawing from psychiatric drugs are discussed in Dr. Breggin's new book, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients, and Their Families.