Dr. Peter Breggin's Empathic Therapy Conference DVD Sets Conference-DVDs-

Dr. Peter Breggin's
Center for the Study of Empathic 
Therapy, Education & Living

​Read about the details for our conferences:

2013 Empathic Therapy Conference Brochure

2012 Empathic Therapy Conference Brochure

2011 Empathic Therapy Conference brochure



What People are Saying about the 2011 Empathic Therapy Conference

"The Empathic Therapy Conference surpassed my expectations. You expect a professional conference to be informative but this was much more. I left with new ideas but more importantly I was inspired and reinvigorated in my work. The healing power of empathy was enlaborated on and explored from every angle. This was a rich sharing of ideas and affect, humane clinical practices, and a thoroughgoing critique of the status quo in mental health. Dr. Peter Breggin in producing this conference has shown himself not only a passionate and informed critic of psychiatric drug therapies but has given voice and thereby empowered those who have been abused by those very therapies. Beyond the critique the conference offered many constructive and viable alternatives that are cost effective and affirming of the humanity of patients." Gerald Porter, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Forest Institute


"I just returned from Dr. Peter Breggin's Empathic Therapy conference in Syracuse, New York. It was a great conference, and wonderful to be surrounded by hundreds of people--psychiatrists, neurologists, family doctors, psychologists, social workers, recovered consumers, family advocates--from all over the country who see the falseness and harm of the biopsychiatric model. For once, I felt like I wasn't stranded on an island by myself." Mark Foster, D.O. 


The information about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was of immediate use to a suffering recent veteran – to see the positive change on that person’s face and demeanor was/is inspiring! Dorothy Cassidy, Academic Coach and Special Education Teacher


"The choice of presenters was great -- each one well prepared and having something unusual and stimulating to say. And there was a ryhthm about the whole thing,-- a lack of sameness, some more emotional, some more intellectual. The panel of "victims" of antidepressant malice had me, along with this huge professional hockey player beside me, in tears. Thanks! This conference brought the whole thing together about antidepressants in a more profound way. I liked the interaction with presenters and participants alike. Bottom line: I wasn't bored once! It was so good to be with people -- really smart people, that I felt so much respect for, who approach troubled people and their issues with a similar philosophy and understanding." John Snyder, EdD, psychotherapist and author of Flying Lessons.


"The talent and collective wisdom that gathered on that early spring weekend in Syracuse surpassed everyone's conscious or unconscious expectations. Peter's leadership and Ginger's guidance produced a professional experience that will be studied well into the future as a standard by which learning as a group will be measured. I believe that the film of this event, and the training film Peter produced, will spur growth and health in our professions, and will stand as permanent, undeniable statements of what is possible in the provision of truly therapeutic services." Richard F. Gottlieb, MSW, psychotherapist.




2013 Empathic Therapy Conference DVD set for sale~



The 2013 Empathic Therapy Conference was exceptional, providing great speakers, insightful content, inspiring stories, great fellowship and good food.  Our DVD set offers over 18 hours of viewing the key speakers and highlights of the weekend.  Being able to view the speakers and hear their wise and in-depth views on DVD is the next best thing to attending the real event.  

In 2013 our speakers included:

Toxic Psychiatry Today: Peter R. Breggin, MD 51:10

Recognizing the Face of Empathic Psychology: Gerald Porter, PhD 32:24  

An Alternative to Bullying: Howard Glasser 52:16

Mother Bear Community Action Network: Offering Hope and Support: Lisbeth Riis Cooper 35:37

Encouragement and Healing from the Bench: Transformation of Families: Judge Lynn Tepper 53:29 

Psychiatric Drug Tragedies: Deadly Effects of Antidepressant SSRIs and Legal Implications
Attorney Karl Protil 43:31

Psychiatric Drug Effects and Withdrawal: Peter Breggin MD 55:07

"Family Care:" A Train-the-Trainer Model is Creating a Revolutionary Paradigm Shift in Parenting
Sandy Sheller 57:50

Pharmaceutical Companies, the Largest Legal Settlements in US History, and Illegal Marketing of Antipsychotic Drugs: Attorney Stephen Sheller 1:14:31

Soul Survivor: A Personal Encounter with Psychiatry: Mary Maddock 1:02:33

A Pediatrician Takes a Stand on ADHD and Stimulants: Tom Ryan MD 25:27

A Clinician's Mission: Healing the Invisible Wounds of War: Gayle Rosantine PhD 1:13  

Working with the Deeply Disturbed for Genuine Healing: A Master Class:  
Bert Karon PhD and Peter Breggin MD 1:47:54

Closing Remarks: Peter Breggin MD and Ginger Breggin 16:45




2012 Empathic Therapy Conference DVD set:



In 2012 our speakers included:

Choosing Empathic Therapy Instead of Biopsychiatry: Peter R. Breggin, MD 57:48

The Future and Promise of Empathic Therapy in the Psychological Sciences and Counseling Services:     Gerald Porter, PhD 36:45  

Identifying and Preventing Tardive Dyskinesia: Larry Berlin Esq and Peter Breggin 45:05

Coercion in 'Voluntary Mental Health Proceedings' - The Breggin Gap: Rachel Bingham MD and       Commentary by Peter Breggin MD 44:54  

Quiet Awakening®: An Innovative and Effective Psychotherapy: Gayle Rozantine 48:43

Working with the Elderly: An Integrated Biopsychosocial Model for Well-being in Late Life: Kathryn Douthit PhD and Thomas Christensen, MS, Peter Breggin MD, Discussant 1:15:20

The ADHD/Stimulant Epidemic Worldwide: Fred Baughman MD and Martin Whitely, Educator and Western Australian Politician 48:25

Generation Rx and Beyond: Kevin P. Miller, Filmmaker 47:13

Attending to Loss: The DSM Dilemma of Grief, Trauma and Suffering: Joanne Cacciatore PhD 1:11:50

Working with the Deeply Disturbed for Genuine Healing: Bert Karon PhD and Peter Breggin MD 2:13:17

Working with People Who Suffer from Chronic Paranoia: Piet Westdijk MD 41:42

Empathy, Compassion and Core Recovery Issues: Charles Whitfield MD 44:08

Adverse Reactions to Psychiatric Drugs: Yolande Lucire MBBS and Peter Breggin MD 35:19 

Critical Review of Thomas Szasz: Has He a Place in an Empathic Psychiatry? Niall McClaren MBBS, and Peter Breggin MD Discussant 1:01:13 

Closing Remarks – Peter Breggin MD and Ginger Breggin 2:32




2011 Empathic Therapy Conference DVD set for sale~



The first ever Empathic Therapy Conference, held April 8-10, 2011, was a terrific success with exciting, informative and innovative speakers from around the world including:

Peter R. Breggin, MD: What is Empathic Therapy

Alberto Fergusson MD: Guided Self-Rehabilitation of Psychotic Street People

Howard Glasser: Inspiring Greatness

Richard Gottlieb MSW: Psychotherapy for People with Traumatic Brain Injuries or Stroke

Mathy Downing, Karl Protil JD, Peter Breggin MD and others: Personal, Legal and Medical Perspective of Psychiatric Drug Tragedies

Kathryn Douthit PhD: Therapeutic Approaches to people with Dementia

And many more speakers.  Just $79 for over 14 hours of video from one of the most highly praised conferences ever held. 

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. 

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Peter R. Breggin, MD has no affiliation with ISEPP, which is the new name for the organization which he founded and led from 1972-2002, originally named Center for the Study of Psychiatry or ICSPP. Dr. Breggin does not support or take part in ISEPP activities or conferences.
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Special Offer!

Order all 3 years of Empathic Therapy Conference DVD sets 
for the special price of $175.00

This special includes DVD sets for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Empathic Therapy Conferences. A unique opportunity to hear Dr. Peter Breggin and many of the most innovative, inspiring and scientific professionals in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, counseling and more.