February 1, 2015

2015 Empathic Therapy Conference

Peter R. Breggin MD &

Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living

in conjunction with

Bertram P. Karon PhD and the

Michigan Psychoanalytic Council


The 2015

Empathic Therapy Conference

April 17-19, 2015 on the campus of
Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan





Register Here to Attend!



FRIDAY April 17, 2015


8:00 – 9:00: Registration. Coffee, juice and snacks.

9:00 – 9:30: Welcome by Bertram Karon and Peter and Ginger Breggin.

9:30 – 10:30: Peter Breggin: Psychiatric Drugs vs. Therapy and Life: An Overview.

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break.

11:00 – 12:30: Robert Whitaker: Research on Successful Psychosocial Approaches to Seriously Disturbed Patients. The award-winning journalist and scientist describes what distressed human beings really need. Bert Karon will join him with comments and questions.

12:30 – 2:00: Lunch is served. Included in the conference registration.

2:00 – 3:30: Michael Corrigan: Debunking ADHD. A brilliantly entertaining and insightfulvisual presentation that makes a shambles of ADHD and drugging children.

3:30 – 4:00: Coffee and juice break.

4:00 – 5:00: Michael Cornwall: Therapy Yesterday and Today. A profoundly thoughtful and empathic Laingian therapist with decades of experience dialogues with Peter Breggin.

5:00 – 6:00: Gina Calhoun: WRAP and the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery.

Among the most widely successful international programs, based on peer-support and self-help through each individual’s own Wellness Recovery Action Plan. It applies to a broad consumer spectrum from cigarette addiction to acute and chronic psychosis.


Friday Evening

6:00 – 7:30: Friday night dinner on your own. Be sure to get back to the conference center for dessert and a presentation that will inform, inspire and move you.

7:30 – 8:00: Dessert at the conference. Dessert and presentation included in the conference registration.

8:00 – 9:30: An evening with Carina Håkansson, founder and manager at the 25-year-old Family Care Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden. Many clients live with farm families, where this “ordinary life” creates “new possibilities.” Brief introduction and commentary by Bertram Karon and Peter Breggin. This is a unique opportunity to learn about an internationally-acclaimed innovation.

SATURDAY April 18, 2015

8:00 – 9:00: Registration. Coffee, juice and snacks.

9:00 – 10:30: Mary Olson and Rebecca Hatton: Open Dialog. This is the model program which virtually eliminated “schizophrenia” in Lapland, Finland through early family interventions; and now it’s coming to America. One of the most important innovations for deeply distressed people.

10:30 – 1:00: Coffee and juice break.

11:00 – 12:30: Jeanne Stolzer and Peter Breggin: The Neuroscience of Positive and Negative Emotions. An adventure into the origins of guilt, shame and anxiety in biological evolution and human relationship, and how to overcome these “negative legacy emotions” in your own life, as well as in helping others.

12:30 – 2:00: Lunch is served as part of conference registration.

2:00 – 3.00: Tom Ryan: My Psychiatric Drug-Free Pediatric Practice. Based on what he knew as ethically and scientifically right, this heroic pediatrician stopped prescribing psychiatric medications and weaned his patients off the drugs. In their place, he offers families helpful guidance in childrearing. He is a model for all physicians and prescribers.

3:00 – 4:00: Tim Evans and Geri Carter: Sex and Love from an Adlerian Viewpoint. Two experienced, creative therapists, married to each other, apply Adler’s social theories to practical aspects of love. Inspiring!

4:00 – 4:30: Coffee and juice break.

4:30 – 6:00: Bert Karon. Drugs, Therapy and Life. Joined by Peter Breggin. With one hundred-plus years of experience between them, they dialogue with each other and you about what they have learned and unlearned over their professional lifetimes.


Saturday Evening

6:00 – 7:30: Saturday night dinner on your own. Be sure to return to the conference center to hear Peter Breggin and Bob Whitaker.

7:30 – 8:00: Dessert at the conference. Dessert and presentation included in the conference registration.

8:00 – 9:30: A Conversation with Bob Whitaker and Peter Breggin about Psychiatric Drugs and Better Alternatives. Introduction by Bert Karon. In this first of its kind presentation, two pioneers in the field dialog with each other and with you about cutting-edge issues.


SUNDAY April 19, 2015

8:00 – 9:00: Registration, coffee, juice and snacks.

9:00 – 10:30: Bert Karon: On Psychoanalytic Therapy. The psychologist who pioneered research and practice in the psychotherapy of schizophrenia discusses how to do psychotherapy across the spectrum of human problems. Bert will freely dialogue with the audience about therapy and life.

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break.

11:00 – 12:00: Bob Foltz: Treating Children and Adolescents. A courageous psychologist, far ahead of others in his profession, describes the latest in drug-free approaches.

12:00 – 12:30: Closing. Bert Karon, Peter Breggin, and the roster of speakers celebrate the conference. Bert, Peter and other speakers will visit with the people in the audience after the closing.




Register Here to Attend!