ICSPP was Dr. Peter Breggin's original pioneering international voice for 
genuine reform in psychiatry and mental health since 1971.  
It has developed into the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy.




































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 today.

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.   

Llisten 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 ECT resources 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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Our New Reform Focus
SPAC! -- Stop the Psychiatric Abuse of Children

Envision a future where children and their parents, and their teachers, and their doctors, all believe there is a newer and safer method than drugs–hooking up electrodes to the foreheads of kids to “stimulate” their frontal lobes every night. Imagine millions of children enduring this stigma, this humiliation, this lie about being helped, this encouragement to see themselves as broken devices, and the specter of unknowable long-term brain injury.  

This abuse has already begun with the FDA's approval of the Monarch, which hooks up a TNS unit to the forehead of children labelled ADHD in order to "stimulate" (cause dysfunction in) the frontal lobes of children. And that’s only the beginning. The same or similar units are being tested on anxiety, depression, PTSD, and epilepsy.

Giving neurotoxic drugs to children is bad enough. We don’t want to imagine how bad a few weeks or months on the Monarch electrical machine will turn out to be for children. The FDA approved it after only four weeks on about 30 children. The marketing is just starting and could end up with millions of children hooked up to these lobotomy-like machines. We want to stop it. Now. 

We are in the early stages of developing SPAC--Stop the Psychiatric Abuse of Children!

To support SPAC, Join The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, the parent organization of the SPAC! project. ​

To learn more about the ongoing project, go to Dr. Breggin's Children's Resource Center, which will soon include research papers about SPAC. 

To receive news and notices about SPAC and other reform efforts, sign up for Dr. Breggin's Frequent Alerts. 

The new SPAC director is psychotherapist Dr. Michael Cornwall. His email will soon be available.
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Bring Out the Best In Yourself!
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.