Do you hear voices or care for someone who hears voices?  If so, then you might be interested in the following workshops from Rachel Waddingham.

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Saturday 12 July 2014, 10.00 – 4.30pm
Rm 2.23, Augustine House
Rhodaus Town, Canterbury, CT1 2YA

Research suggests that hearing voices is a fairly common human experience that is not, in and of itself, indicative of a mental health problem. If we know where to look, succesful voice-hearers can be found in the pages of history books, spiritual traditions & the media.

However, when someone feels overwhelmed by the power and intensity of the voices they hear – knowing that Gandhi and Lady Gaga heard voices doesn’t always help.
This workshop explores ways we can better support people who feel disempowered by the voices they hear. Informed by the principles of the Hearing Voices Network, it explores the way in which we can support people to transform their relationship with difficult voices & reclaim their lives.

This one day event explores:

  • The diversity of voice-hearing experiences and their impact on people.
  • Different models of understanding voices.
  • Having safe & respectful conversations with people about the voices they hear.
  • Ways of coping with distressing voices, emotions & overwhelming beliefs.
  • Strategies for exploring, and improving, people’s relationship with their voices.

To book your place on this event, please click here.


Tuesday 22 July 2014, 9.30 – 4.30pm  Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 08.41.32
Victim Support, Alliance House
6 Bishop Street, Leicester, LE1

Tuesday 5 August 2014, 9.30-4.30pm
Rm 2.23, Augustine House, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury, CT1 2YA

Whilst hearing voices is often a taboo in western cultures, being linked with media stereotypes and images of ‘madness’, there are some kinds of voices that are even harder to talk about – ‘taboo voices’.

Taboo Voices may include ones that speak of violent and/or sexual themes – things that the voice-hearer, and those around them, find very distressing. They can be extremely graphic, sometimes overlapping with violent thoughts, impulses or disturbing visions.

Taboo voices can feel very powerful and overwehlming, but they are also the kind of voices that many find very hard to talk about with others – for fear of judgement.

This one day event explores:

  • The experience and its impact on voice-hearers and their wider network.
  • Understanding our own reactions and feelings about ‘taboo’ voices and the way this impacts on our actions/decisions.
  • Re-framing ‘violent’ and ‘taboo’ voices and exploring personal meaning.
  • Ways of thinking about, and minimising, risk of violence.
  • Working with taboo/violent voices in a safe and supportive way.

To book your place on ‘Working with “Taboo” and “Violent” Voices’ in Leicester on 22 July 2014, please click here.

To book your place on ‘Working with “Taboo” and “Violent” Voices’ in Kent on 5 August 2014, please click here.

These workshops are suitable for anyone interested in supporting people who hear voices, including voice hearers, family members, nurses, therapists, psychologists, social workers, youth workers, support workers & more ..

All courses are priced at £85 waged & £50 unwaged (or low waged). CPD Certificates are included. A limited number of £25 places are available for service users/carers.

For more information, please contact Rachel Waddingham and/or download the relevant flyer:



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