Empathic Therapy Conference 2012

Dr. Peter Breggin’s

Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living

In partnership with ICSPP.org:

International Counselors, Social Workers, Psychiatrists and Psychologists


The Empathic Therapy Conference 2012:

The Power of Empathic Relationship

with Critiques of Biological Psychiatry

                        “Bolster your critical acumen about biological psychiatry and false reform”

April 13-15, 2012 in Syracuse, New York State, USA

the Embassy Suites Syracuse Hotel

Register now!  http://www.empathictherapy.org/Conference-Sign-Up.html

 Over 40 Best-Selling Authors, International Experts, Professors and Educators,

Innovative Practitioners, and Advocates

Special Guest Speaker:

An Evening of Conversation

with Bertram Karon, PhD & Peter Breggin, MD

“Bert is among the bravest, wisest and most thoughtful psychologists in America”

Special Guest Speaker:

Award-winning Filmmaker: Kevin Miller, Generation Rx

with discussion and clips of his next big project

Three Exciting Special Panels

with professionals, attorneys, survivors and advocates

 •SSRI Antidepressants: Surviving Tragedy, Cautionary Tales, and Inspiring Recoveries

•Time to Abolish ECT

•The Tardive Dyskinesia Epidemic Caused by Psychiatric Drugs

 Highlights of Dynamic Presenters and Topics

  • Peter R. Breggin, MD, Ithaca, New York, Empathic Therapy Center founder, psychiatrist and author of “Talking Back to Prozac” and “Medication Madness”: Practicing Empathic Therapy and All You Need to Know about Psychiatric Medication
  • Joanne Cacciatore, PhD, University of Arizona: Attending to Suffering: Mindfulness and Presence as the Key to Healing Relationships
  • Kathryn Douthit, PhD, Chair of Counseling and Human Development, University of Rochester: Empathic Approaches to the Elderly and Dementia Sufferers
  • Martin Whitely, Australian Member of Parliament (West): The ADHD/Stimulant Drug Fraud Worldwide
  • Dr Rachel Bingham BA MBBS MSc, General Medical Practice, London, United Kingdom: Involuntary Treatment and Coercion–‘The Breggin Gap’
  • Gerald Porter, PhD., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Springfield, Missouri: Frontiers of Psychotherapy
  • Jock McLaren, MD, psychiatrist, Australia: A Critical Analysis of Thomas Szasz
  • Michael Gilbert, PsyD, Syracuse, therapist and school psychologist, Advocating For The Social-Emotional Well-Being of Our Children
  • Piet Westdijk, MD, psychiatrist, Switzerland: Creating Meaningful ‘I thou’ Relationships in Therapy
  • Sarton Weinraub, PhD New York City: How to Set up a Clinic and Private Practice
  • Gayle Rozantine, PhD, The Center for Health & Well-Being, Atlanta, Georgia: A Clinic with Innovative Approaches to Stress and Trauma
  • Charles Whitfield, MD, Atlanta, Georgia, Addiction & Trauma Specialist and author of “Healing the Child Within”: Empathy, Compassion and Love: Approaches from Core Issue Analysis
  • Barbara Whitfield, Atlanta, Georgia: on Empathy, Compassion and The Light: What we have learned from 35 years of Near-Death Studies
  • Allison Wilder, PhD, University of New Hampshire: Recreational Therapy
  • Yolande Lucire, PhD, Australia: Researching SSRI-induced Violence
  • Ty Colbert, Phd, California: Working Empathically with Prison Populations

Special Saturday Evening Desserts and Presentation:

The Power of Empathic Relationship: A Conversation

Bertrum Karon, PhD. & Peter R. Breggin MD

Our “Meet the Authors” Friday Night Social

Friday Evening with the Famous Chocolate Fountain

AND MUCH MORE–Over 40 Best Selling Authors, International Experts, Professors and Educators, Attorneys, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Physicians, Innovative Practitioners, and Advocates

More than 25 Continuing Education Credits

Register today to attend this exciting, forward thinking conference ~ Join Peter and Ginger Breggin and the other conference speakers in Syracuse, New York State, April 13-15, 2012!

Sightseeing in the Finger Lakes region of New York State–Adventures Await!

What People are Saying about our 2011 Empathic Therapy Conference Presentations:

 “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.”

“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.

“It is Tuesday, 2 days post conference, and my head is just beginning to wind down. 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. I, and all our current and future patients, thank you.” Richard F. Gottlieb, MSW, psychotherapist.

See our 2011 Conference brochure here~


About annecwoodlen

I am a tenth generation American, descended from a family that has been working a farm that was deeded to us by William Penn. The country has changed around us but we have held true. I stand in my grandmother’s kitchen, look down the valley to her brother’s farm and see my great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Hannah standing on the porch. She is holding the baby, surrounded by four other children, and saying goodbye to her husband and oldest son who are going off to fight in the Revolutionary War. The war is twenty miles away and her husband will die fighting. We are not the Daughters of the American Revolution; we were its mothers. My father, Milton C. Woodlen, got his doctorate from Temple University in the 1940’s when—in his words—“a doctorate still meant something.” He became an education professor at West Chester State Teachers College, where my mother, Elizabeth Hope Copeland, had graduated. My mother raised four girls and one boy, of which I am the middle child. My parents are deceased and my siblings are estranged. My fiancé, Robert H. Dobrow, was a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps. In 1974, his plane crashed, his parachute did not open, and we buried him in a cemetery on Long Island. I could say a great deal about him, or nothing; there is no middle ground. I have loved other men; Bob was my soul mate. The single greatest determinate of who I am and what my life has been is that I inherited my father’s gene for bipolar disorder, type II. Associated with all bipolar disorders is executive dysfunction, a learning disability that interferes with the ability to sort and organize. Despite an I.Q. of 139, I failed twelve subjects and got expelled from high school and prep school. I attended Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College and got an associate’s degree after twenty-five years. I am nothing if not tenacious. Gifted with intelligence, constrained by disability, and compromised by depression, my employment was limited to entry level jobs. Being female in the 1960’s meant that I did office work—billing at the university library, calling out telegrams at Western Union, and filing papers at a law firm. During one decade, I worked at about a hundred different places as a temporary secretary. I worked for hospitals, banks, manufacturers and others, including the county government. I quit the District Attorney’s Office to manage a gas station; it was more honest work. After Bob’s death, I started taking antidepressants. Following doctor’s orders, I took them every day for twenty-six years. During that time, I attempted%2
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5 Responses to Empathic Therapy Conference 2012

  1. It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go. Jim Rohn

  2. edwinrutsch says:

    May I suggest a further resource to learn more about empathy and compassion.
    The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
    The Culture of Empathy website is the largest internet portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. It contains articles, conferences, definitions, experts, history, interviews,  videos, science and much more about empathy and compassion.

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