In the 1990s research began to clearly demonstrate that early intervention in psychosis provides long-term benefits. Clinicians and researchers began to meet informally to discuss and share the research.
The first international conference was held in Melbourne, Australia in June 1996. Titled Verging on Reality, it focused exclusively on early psychosis. A strong feeling emerged at this conference that an international association was needed to share information about research occurring in different parts of the world. A second international conference focusing on early intervention in psychosis was held in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in June 1997. This conference provided an opportunity for the formation of the inaugural International Advisory Board.
The International Early Psychosis Association was officially incorporated in August 1998 in the state of Victoria, Australia. A part time Secretariat Officer was employed in October 1998 to develop the Secretariat Office.
The International Early Psychosis Association Rules of Incorporation comply with the Associations Incorporation Act 1981. Download the IEPA Rules of Incorporation (PDF).
The IEPA hosts an international conference every two years, providing an excellent opportunity for sharing experiences and exchanging ideas. For more information, see the IEPA Conference Website.