77A Greenfield Road
E1 1EJ London
Facilitated by Rachel Waddingham
About the course
One of the main tenets of the Hearing Voices Movement is that hearing voices, in and of itself, is not indicative of illness. However, for many reasons, people may struggle to cope with the voices they hear and feel frightened, confused, overwhelmed and even suicidal. Traditional ways of working with voices can often place the helper as an ‘expert’ and the person themselves as a client or patient. As helpful as these approaches can be, they can miss out on the potential of the voice-hearer themselves to lead the way in their own journey of healing and recovery.
This Hearing Voices Recovery Guide Training course, inspired by the work of the International Hearing Voices Movement, will introduce you to ways of ‘journeying with’ people who want to explore and work on aspects of their voice-hearing experience. Supported by Mind in Camden and facilitated by Rachel Waddingham, who has personal and professional experience of working with voices, it will explore:
- Recognising our own power; knowing the difference between guiding and leading
- Working together to establish a sense of safety
- Different levels of journeying – and how to support the voice-hearer to choose a depth that works for them
- Different areas of exploration, including:
- Listening to voices
- Getting to know voices (identity and characteristics)
- Relationships with voices
- Beliefs about voices
- Communicating with voices
- Power relationships with voices
- Working collaboratively to make sense of what is found, and relate it to the voice-hearer’s narrative
- Recognising, and managing, challenges along the way
This course is suitable for: Anyone in undertaking supporting journeys with people who hear voices. This may include: Mental Health Professionals; Support Workers; Substance Misuse Staff; Hearing Voices Group Facilitators; Peer Workers; Probation / Criminal Justice Sector Staff; Family Members; Youth/Educational Staff.
We ask that you familiarise yourself with the Hearing Voices Movement approach to voice-hearing before attending the course by reading the online materials available from Voice Collective, the Hearing Voices Network and Intervoice. This will enable us to make the best use of our time together rather than covering the basics in Day One. If you need any guidance on what to read, please email Rachel Waddingham.
£10 People with lived experience of hearing voices
£125 Voluntary organisations and individuals
£190 Statutory & commercial organisations (including NHS, Council & Private)