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, 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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What People are saying about our 2012 & 2011 Empathic Therapy Conferences

"Having just returned from the 2012 Empathic Therapy Conference I wanted to express my appreciation for all the presenters. In over 25 years of practice I can truly say this was the most beneficial and inspiring medical meeting I have attended. My caseload includes the mentally distressed and I know this conference would be invaluable to any discipline involved in healthcare. Thank you so much to Dr. Breggin and Ginger," John Artman OTR/L CHT

"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, Dean of the School of Natural Arts and Sciences at Bastyr University.

"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. from his blog on "Mad in America."

"I am eagerly anticipating attending the next Empathic Therapy Conference in April 2012, after such a wonderful and uplifting experience at the conference this April 2011 in Syracuse, NY. This year’s conference was a coming together of caring individuals with much to offer in terms of talents, understandings, perceptions, real life affirming choices, and vital information, all without the usual recommendation of toxic drugs. I am grateful to Peter and Ginger Breggin for bringing this event and future conferences about.  Dorothy Cassidy, Academic Coach and Special Education Teacher

"Wow! What a nice experience at the Empathy Therapy Conference.  Much, much more than I expected (with years of conferences).  Ginger, the planning, execution, and oversight was flawless!  I've never experienced anything like this working so smoothly.  More specifically, 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 -- and that's, I think, a first!  It was so good to be with people -- really smart people, that I felt so much respect for, who approach troubled people (aren't we all, at times) and their issues with a similar philosophy and understanding.  The most important benefit most likely in the long run:  I don't feel so all alone!" John Snyder, EdD, psychotherapist and author of Flying Lessons.

"This is life-changing for our culture! What an excellent speaker!"
"Love this guy--wish I could go to his conference."
"Very convincing, knowledgeable, caring, thoughtful, great!"
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Peter R. Breggin, MD, Founder and
Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living
in conjunction with
Bertram P. Karon PhD, ABPD
Michigan Psychoanalytic Council

The 2015 
Empathic Therapy Conference
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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Dr. Peter Breggin and Dr. Bertram Karon are proud to present
 the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy Conference 2015

April 17-19, 2015​
Michigan State University Campus
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
219 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-432-3086
East Lansing, Michigan

Peter R. Breggin, MD, psychiatrist, author
Bertram Karon, PhD, psychologist, professor: On Psychoanalytic Therapy
Mary Olson, PhD and Rebecca Hatton, PsyD: Open Dialogue
Robert Whitaker, author, Anatomy of an Epidemic
Michael Cornwall, PhD: Helping People in Extreme States with Loving Receptivity 
Kevin Miller, film maker, Letters from Generation RX
Tom Ryan, MD, pediatrician: My Psychiatric Drug-Free Pediatric Practice
Gina Calhoun, Wrap: Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Tim Evans, PhD & Geri Carter, MA, LMHC, Sex and Love from an Adlerian Viewpoint
Robert Foltz, PsyD: Treating Children and Adolesents
Jeanne Stolzer PhD, Professor, Family Studies: The Neuroscience of Positive and Negative Emotions
Michael Corrigan, EdD, Professor: Debunking ADHD

Reserve your hotel room now:
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
219 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-432-3086
Contact the Kellogg Hotel to make your hotel room booking.
Use the reservation ID to receive the group discount. 
Reservation ID: EMP041515
More than 16 possible Continuing Education Credits!
"One of the best CE values available"

Offering up to 16 hours of Professional Continuing Education Credits including LMHC, LMFT, NBCC, and other professions.