Prof. Dr. Tony Morrison is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and also Director of the Psychosis Research Unit and Associate Director for Research and Innovation at Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust. He has published widely on cognitive therapy for psychosis with over 150 articles on cognitive behaviour therapy for psychosis and experimental studies of cognitive processes in psychosis, including an influential cognitive model of psychosis. He has also conducted several treatment trials of cognitive behaviour therapy for people with psychosis and for prevention of psychosis in people at high risk. He has recently been a member of 2 NICE guideline development groups. He is also interested in facilitating co-production in research and supporting user-led research.



Prof. Dr Valerie Sinason is a poet, writer, child and adolescent psychotherapist, and adult psychoanalyst. She worked at the Tavistock Clinic in London for two decades as well as spending three years as a consultant psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic and Anna Freud Center focussing on disability and trauma. She co-led a psychotherapy and disability practice at St Georges Hospital Medical School for 16’years with Baroness Sheila Professor Hollins. She founded the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in 1998 and retired as director in 2016. She has written and edited 18 books and published over 160 papers and chapters on disability, trauma and dissociation. She was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in 2016 and is a Board Member as well as on the Board of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. She had lectured widely in Australia, America, France, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Scandinavia and South Africa (where she is an Honorary Consultant Psychoanalyst to the UCT Child Guidance Clinic).



Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Howell is on the faculty of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; faculty and supervisor for the Trauma Program, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, past Co-Director and Faculty, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) Professional Training Program on Dissociative Disorders, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. In addition to over thirty-five professional articleson the topics of trauma and dissociation, her books include: Trauma and Dissociation Informed Psychotherapy: Relational Healing and the Therapeutic Connection; The Dissociative Mind; Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach; The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis: Understanding and Working with Trauma, (Howell & Itzkowitz), Psychoanalysts, Psychologists& Psychiatrists Discuss Psychopathy and Human Evil (Itzkowitz & Howell), and Women and Mental Health, (Howell & Bayes). Dr. Howell is the recipient, from ISSTD, of the Cornelia Wilber Award for outstanding clinical contributions in the field of dissociative disorders, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the recipient, with Dr. Sheldon Itzkowitz of the Author’s Recognition Award from the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), and a Gradiva Award nominee for The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis. She has lectured nationally and internationally. She is in private practice in New York City, where she works with clients, does consultations, and runs consultation and study groups.



Prof. Dr. Vedat Şar is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with longterm experience in outpatient and inpatient treatment of a broad range of disorders including psychotic, mood, and post-traumatic spectrum. He is currently Chair of Department of Psychiatry in Koc University School of Medicine (KUSOM) in Istanbul (Turkey) where he has been teaching since 2014. He has served as a professor of psychiatry in Istanbul University previously where he started his academic career as a young psychiatrist in 1989. Both as a clinician and researcher, he has specialized on lifelong psychiatric consequences of childhood psychological trauma and dissociative disorders. Prof. Şar is former President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS). He has served as an international advisor to the DSM-5 Workgroup of the American Psychiatric Association. Due to his cumulative contributions to psychotraumatology he has received numerous honors including the Lifetime Achievement Award by ISSTD. His special interests: outpatient psychotherapy of Complex PTSD and dissociative disorders. He has published many papers and chapters in books covering these subjects including those on the intersection of psychosis and dissociation in context of developmental traumatization. With W.Middleton and M.Dorahy, he edited the book: “Global Perspectives on Dissociative Disorders Individual and Societal Oppression”.



Prof. Dr. Markus Heinimaa,M.D., M.A., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist, family therapy trainer and EMDR facilitator from Turku, Finland. Besides extensive private practice, he works as a clinical lecturer in the University of Turku Department of psychiatry and related University Hospital Clinics, mainly teaching in the psychotherapy training program for psychiatry trainees. His main research interest has been psychosis, where he has undertaken both clinical and conceptual research. He is the author or co-author of more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. In clinical setting, his main interest has recently been extending application of EMDR-therapy to diverse treatment aims. Active in promoting the dissemination of this therapy form, he has been the president of EMDR Finland since 2014.



Prof. Anabel González is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, with training in several orientations such as group therapy, cognitive-analytic therapy, systemic therapy and trauma-oriented therapy. PhD in Medicine and Specialist in Criminology. She forms a part of the board of directors of the European Society of Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and is the vice president of the Spain EMDR Association. She is working in the Hospital Universitario of La Coruña (CHUAC), coordinating the Trauma and Dissociation Program, oriented towards patients with severe trauma. For some years now, she has been providing training on dissociative disorders, trauma, attachment and emotional regulation. She is an accredited trainer of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensibilization and Reprocessing) therapy. She participates as an invited professor in the EMDR Psychotherapy Master’s Program of the National Distance Education University (UNED). On the level of research, she is directing several projects in the field of trauma and treatment with EMDR of several disorders. She has published many articles on dissociation, trauma and EMDR, and is the author/co-author of the books Trastornos Disociativos; EMDR y Disociacion, el abordaje progresivo; EMDR y TLP (these three books in the Publishing Company Ed. Pléyades), and Trastorno de Identidad Disociativo (Ed. Síntesis) (“Dissociative Disorders”). Her recent books: “No soy yo, entendiendo el trauma complejo, el apego y la disociación” (I am not myself: Understanding Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation),” The good thing about having a bad day “(“Lo bueno de tener un mal día,”) integrate these elements synthetically and are oriented towards patients as well as towards professionals.



Prof. José Maria Alvarez. PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Specialist in Clinical Psychology at the Río Hortega University Hospital in Valladolid, where he coordinates the Specialized Psychotherapy Unit and is coordinator-tutor of Clinical Psychology and trainer of PIR and MIR residents. Member of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis and the World Association of Psychoanalysis. Author of more than 90 publications on psychopathology and psychoanalysis and of some books, especially La invención de la enfermedades mentales (1st ed., Dorsa, 1999; 4th ed, Gredos, 2017); Fundamentos de psicopatología psicoanalítica (Síntesis, 2005), a treatise co-authored with R. Esteban and F. Sauvagnat; Estudios sobre la psicosis (New rewritten and expanded edition) (Xoroi edicions, 2013); Las voces de la locura (Xoroi edicions, 2016) with Fernando Colina, Estudios de psicología patológica (Xoroi edicions, 2017), Hablemos de la locura (Xoroi edicions, 2018), Principios de una psicoterapia de la psicosis (Xoroi edicions, 2020) and Las heridas del alma (2020). Coordinator of the Seminar of the Freudian Field of Castilla y León. He currently coordinates and co-directs the Master's Degree in Psychopathology and Psychoanalytic Clinic (University of Valladolid). He is one of the founders of Otra psiquiatría and one of the three Alienistas del Pisuerga, with whom he has edited eight volumes of psychopathology classics.



Prof. Teresa Abad Sierra es psicóloga, psicoterapeuta, terapeuta familiar y de grupos. Lleva desde 2007 trabajando en el ámbito de la rehabilitación psicosocial. Actualmente, y desde hace 7 años, dirige el Centro de Día y el Equipo de Apoyo Social-Comunitario (EASC) “San Blas” en Madrid, gestionados por Fundación Manantial dentro de la Red Pública de Atención Social a personas con enfermedad mental grave y duradera. Mantiene paralelamente su práctica profesional en consulta privada. Ha participado como docente en seminarios de introducción a la terapia familiar sistémica, y en sesiones de formación sobre Diálogo Abierto con Sara Toledano. Juntas han publicado “Posibilidades del enfoque de Diálogo Abierto en nuestro contexto”, en el Boletín nº39 de la Revista de la Asociación Madrileña de Salud Mental (AMSM), y “Relaciones de poder y sufrimiento psíquico. La influencia del diagnóstico en salud mental”, en el nº3 de la Revista Átopos. También han participado con un capítulo sobre Diálogo Abierto en psicosis en el manual “Tratamientos psicológicos para la psicosis”, coordinado por Eduardo Fonseca, y en el manual “Modelos de cambio. Casos clínicos en psicosis” con un capítulo titulado “La potencia transformadora del enfoque de Diálogo Abierto en el campo de la salud mental”.



La Prof. Sara Toledano Márquez es psicóloga y psicoterapeuta. Máster en Psicoterapia Psicoanalítica por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid y Experto Universitario en Salud Mental Colectiva por la Universidad Rovira i Virgili. Con formación en intervención con grupos y prácticas colaborativas y dialógicas. Le interesan además las aportaciones de otras disciplinas a la comprensión de los fenómenos humanos, como las de la antropología o la filosofía. Desde el año 2004 trabaja en distintos dispositivos clínicos y psicosociales con personas diagnosticadas de psicosis, y atiende a adultos, jóvenes y familias en la práctica privada. Desde el año 2010 se ocupa de la formación de profesionales que trabajan en la atención a personas con problemas de salud mental en distintos entornos, y actualmente es directora técnica en Fundación Manantial. En el año 2014 comenzó a formarse en el enfoque de Diálogo Abierto, entrando en contacto con distintas experiencias y profesionales de distintos países que promueven un cambio en la comprensión y la atención a las personas que experimentan estados de sufrimiento.



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 the 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.