Prof. Ivan Urlić, M.D., Ph. D. is neuropsychiatrist, psychoanalytical psychotherapist and group analyst. As professor of psychiatry and psychological medicine he teaches on Medical School and the Academy of Arts of the University of Split, Croatia, as well as internationally. He is founder member of IGA Zagreb and IGA Bologna (Italy), where he is training group analyst and supervisor. He was chairperson of EGATIN, and Board member of GASi (London). In 2004 he was Foulkes lecturer. He was secretary and board member of IAGP, Board member of ISPS Int. and is co-founder and deputy president of the ISPS Croatia. Now he is president of the Dalmatian branch of the Academy of the Medical Sciences of Croatia. His special interests: Group psychotherapy for patients suffering from psychosis, and PTSD. He founded Regional Center for Psychotrauma for Dalmatia (Croatia), for treatment of war veterans and their family members. He published many papers and chapters in books, and is with M.Berger and A. Berman co-author of the book:“Victimhood, Vengefulness, and the Culture of Forgiveness“. He co-authored / co-edited book with M.González de Chávez on “Group Therapy for Psychoses“.


Prof. David Kennard is a retired clinical psychologist and group analyst who has worked in therapeutic communities for acute psychiatric admissions and for drug rehabilitation, in a high security mental hospital and in psychotherapy and counselling services. Between 1992-2004 he was Head of Psychological Therapy at The Retreat in York where he was involved in the development of a psychosis rehabilitation service. He has had a career long interest in therapeutic communities and was involved in the development of the Association of Therapeutic Communities from its inception in 1972. In 1983 he published An Introduction to Therapeutic Communities (2nd ed.1998) and from 1992-8 was editor of the journal Therapeutic Communities. His involvement in psychosis rehabilitation at The Retreat led to joining ISPS (International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) and he was chair of ISPS-UK from 2004-9. Other books he has co-authored/co-edited include A Workbook of Group Analytic Interventions (1993) with Jeff Roberts and David Winter, Experiences of Mental Health In-patient Care (2007) with Mark Hardcastle, Lenny Fagin and Sheila Grandison, and Staff Support Groups in the Helping Professions (2009) with Phil Hartley.


Prof. Val Jackson is a systemic psychotherapist and Open Dialogue trainer having successfully completed a 3 year training programme run by Open Dialogue UK. She worked for many years in an early intervention service for psychosis in Leeds, UK working alongside families. She is also a founder member, tutor and trainer on the Peer-supported Open Dialogue course currently being run in the UK, the 5th cohort of 74 students graduating a few weeks ago. She is passionate about giving a voice to those affected by psychotic experiences, particularly family members and is constantly learning something new from them. This may be because her aunt lived and died in a psychiatric institution and was never talked about until after Val’s parents died. Cycling and swimming keep her physically active in addition to her 7 grandchildren.



Prof. Tania Lecomte, Ph.D., is a full professor in the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal, and senior researcher at the Research Center of the Mental Health University Institute of Montreal. Her current work focuses on the recovery of people with severe mental illness. She is interested, for example, in assessing needs, self-esteem and social functioning, cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis, first episodes of psychosis, and the vocational integration of people with a mental disorder, as well as the study of comorbid presentations (psychosis and other disorders such as substance abuse or social anxiety). Dr. Lecomte has directed and developed group manuals for people with mental illness (such as: I am super on self-esteem, CBT for psychosis, WITH-CBT for parents of people with psychosis and CBT for supported employment). She has benefited from several research grants at the national level (Canada) and several publications with peer committees (more than 120) have resulted from her work. She also co-edited the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Handbook (in French), published in 2004, and updated in 2012 by Les Presses de l'Université du Québec and she wrote the book Group CBT for psychosis published by Oxford Press in 2016.



Prof. Chyrell D. Bellamy, PhD, MSW is an Associate Professor of Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) and serves as the Director of Peer Services/ Research. Dr. Bellamy is also the Acting Director of the Office of Recovery Community Affairs, appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services. She has experience as a frontline service provider, community educator and organizer, community and academic researcher, and as a person in recovery. Her expertise includes developing and conducting community-based research initiatives; involving and partnering with community, specifically with people living with mental illness, addictions, trauma, and HIV. Her research examines sociocultural experiences and pathways to recovery in prevention and treatment. She currently has a NIH R34 award: “Peer Wellness Enhancement for Patients with Serious Mental Illness and High Medical Costs. Dr. Bellamy received her PhD in the Joint program in Social Work and Social Psychology from the University of Michigan and her MSW and BA from Rutgers University. Followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Mental Health and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers University. In her capacity as Director of Peer Services and Research she provides instruction on peer curricula development and training based on her research and practice experience with peer employees since 1993, training of peers to conduct research, and research and evaluation on the effectiveness of peer support.



Prof. Ignacio García Cabeza is a PhD in Medicine, Staff member of Psychiatry of the HGU Gregorio Marañón and Associate Professor of the Complutense University of Madrid. Since starting his training in Psychiatry in the Hospital Gregorio Marañón, his main interest has been clinical care and research with psychotic patients. Since then, he has actively participating the combined therapy programs for psychosis, with special emphasis on group interventions, which has lead to the organization of different teaching activities, above all in the International Congress of the ISPS (where he has been a member of the Organization and Scientific Committee). He was a coordinator of the Spanish group of that society. Currently, he is heading a program of comprehensive care to patients diagnosed of psychosis with low adherence to conventional treatment, combining this with his work in the Acute Unit, his principal care activity. In addition, he has always been interested in the research in this field, with publications in journals of international impact,(Schizophrenia Research, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Psychiatry Research, Psychosis or Group Analysis).



Prof. Francisco Rodriguez Pulido is a Psychiatrist, Staff Professor of Psychiatry ULL, PhD in Medicine and Surgery with a Diploma in Health Care. Psychiatric Clinic Coordinator. Masters in Health Care and Social Services Management. Responsible for the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Insular Plan (PIRP in Spanish) of Tenerife for disabled persons due to severe mental disorder. Founder of the Individualized Support Teams for employment and the Canary Island Association of Creative Therapies. Founder and Coordinator of the Assertive Community Team (2004-2011) of the SCS. Vice President of the Organizing Committee of the World Congress of Rehabilitation held in Madrid in June 2018. President of the Rehabilitation section of the AEN. Representative of the Ministry of Health in the Elaboration of the Insular Strategy of Incapacity of the IASS. President of the Canary Island Association of Neuropsychiatry (2008-17). Member of the Advisory Committee of the International Course of Schizophrenia. Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Norte Salud Mental. He has been a coordinator and a participant in several works "El método epidemiologico en salud Mental” (Salvat, 1991” “La Psiquiatria Comunitaria (SS, 1997), “La recuperación de las personas con trastorno mental grave: Modelo red de redes” (Cabildo, 2010), “La autonomía personal en el logro del empleo ordinario” (Simpromi, 2012)” “Hacia una reformulación de la Rehabilitación Psicosocial. Grupo de trabajo de la sección de rehabilitación (AEN, 2012),“Salud Mental y Bienestar. Más allá del arte” (Mercurio,2018), and in many articles of the specialty in the national and international journals of the specialty.



Prof. Ricardo Guinea has a degree in Medicine, trained as a Psychotherapist (Registered in ICOMEM) and Psychoanalyst. As a clinician, he began is professional career as a physician-psychotherapist in the field of psychosis in the Psychiatric Therapeutic Community “Peña Retama” (1984-87) and then as a co-founder in the Madrid Day Hospital since 1988, clinical consultant, managing director of community programs (he headed a care program for dysfunctional families for the Social Services of the San Blas District in Madrid between 2005 and 2008). He is currently the Clinical Director of the Day Hospital, supervisor of the rehabilitation services in Madrid (since 2011). Regarding his institutional profile, Founder of the Association Alonso Quijano, a pioneer association in Spain of persons with psychiatric experience "in first person;" co-founder of the FEARP in 2003 (Spanish Federation of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Associations), of which he was the president from 2003 and 2009 and he is currently a representative for international relations. Since 2001, he has been a member of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, where he has carried out the positions of Representative for the WHO, General Secretary (2009-12), Elected President (2012-15) and Executive President (2015-18). On a regular basis, he has been on the scientific committees of the FEARB and WAPR congresses, since 2003, and was the President of the Organizing committee of the World Congress of WAPR in Madrid 2018. Author of several scientific articles on Psychosocial Recovery and Rehabilitation Model, he was the coordinator of the document “Care Model for persons with severe mental disease" for IMSERSO (in 2007), and he is currently the Director of the Collection “Psychosocial Rehabilitation" in the Editorial Psimática. Since 1998, he has been carrying out a continuous activity of promotion of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, in the associative and scientific world, and has been participating in countless lectures and activities in Spain and on the international level.



Prof. Vicente Ibáñez Rojo is a psychiatrist at the Complejo Hospitalario Torrecardenas of Almería. In that Hospital, he was responsible for the Adult Day Hospital since it opened in 2007 until 2015, and has directed the Early Intervention Program in Psychosis of Almeria since 2010. He was a member of the group of professionals who elaborated the document of the Spanish Association of Neuropsychiatry "Consensus on Early Intervention in Psychosis, published in 2009. He participated in the elaboration of the II Comprehensive Plan of Mental Health of Andalusia 2008-2012, as responsible for the technical group that elaborated the Early Intervention Strategy in Psychosis in Andalusia. He coordinated the elaboration of the Andalusian technical document on said strategy, and participated in the group in charge of its follow-up and implementation. Among others, he has publications on quaternary prevention and critical psychiatry. Member of the experts Group of Human Rights and Mental Health of the Regional Ministry of Health of Andalusia since it was created in 2012, that elaborated the guide of early planning of decisions in mental health. Representative of the Spanish Association of Neuropsychiatry in Mental Health Europe. In said organization, he is a member of the Work Group “Beyond the biomedical model" and has belonged to the Humans Rights Committee.



Prof. Javier Sempere has a PhD in Psychiatry and familial, group and multifamily psychotherapy. He has worked in different mental health hospitals and sites in Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante (Spain) and collaborated in different institutions of Latin America and several European countries. He is an introducer of the interfamilial therapy method, a form of multifamily therapy based on dialogical practices. Author of the book Terapias Multifamiliares (Multifamily Therapies) (Editorial Psimática, 2017) and various articles and book chapters. He has participated in various post-graduate university programs and coordinated the University Experts Course on Multi-family Interventions by the Lasalle University with branches in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. He is currently carrying out his professional activity as Director of the Centre de Terapia Interfamiliar (CTI) (Interfamily Therapy Center) of Elche (Alicante), as staff psychiatrist of the Public Mental Health Services of the Valencian Ministry of Health and in the supervision of professionals in the health care, educational and social settings.



Prof. Pedro Miguel Martín Cuadrado has a Degree in Dramatic Art and is Responsible for the area of Drama Therapy of the Canary Island Association of Creative Therapies-ASCATEC. He began is work in the area of Drama Therapy in the Canary Island Association of Creative Therapies (ASCATEC) in October 2012. In the year 2014, he participated, along with Dr. Francisco Rodríguez Pulido and Nayra Caballero Estebaranz, in the XVI World Congress of Psychiatry in Madrid, where he presented his work experience with Drama therapy in persons with severe mental disorder. This experience is narrated in the article “Dramaterapia en personas con trastorno mental grave” (Drama Therapy in persons with severe mental disorder) in the Journal Norte de Salud Mental (VOL 12- No. 50). In 2015, he participated as a speaker together with Dr. Francisco Rodríguez Pulido and Nayra Caballero Estebaranz in the 3rd European Congress of Assertive Community Therapy in Oslo, Norway.



Prof. Manuel González de Chávez, Ex- President of the International Society for the Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis. He is currently the President of the Foundation for research and treatment of schizophrenia and other psychoses, Organizer of the yearly Courses on Schizophrenia held every year in Madrid and director of the Collection of books on dynamic and psychotherapeutic orientation of the mentioned Foundation. For about twenty years, until his retirement, he was Chief of the Psychiatry Service 1 of the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón of Madrid and Professor of Psychiatry of the Complutense University of Madrid. He was also Director of the Mental Health Services of Seville, President of the Mental Health Association of Madrid and President of the Spanish Association of de Neuropsychiatry, of which he is an Honorary Member. Dedicated to the development of psychotherapeutic programs for psychotic patients and especially to group psychotherapy in schizophrenia and its importance in the treatment of these patients, he is an author and editor of several books and different publications on this subject.