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Free half-day training courses, Glasgow & London

Up to 1 in 10 people will hear voices at some point in their lives. It is an experience that can happen to people with a psychiatric diagnosis such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anorexia and depression, as well as people who do not have a mental health problem.

Internalised stigma and disempowerment are perhaps the biggest barriers to people feeling able to talk about distressing voice-hearing experiences and find ways of managing them. There is a wealth of information available in print and online, but sometimes it can be challenging to know what to use, how to use it and how to integrate it into a supportive relationship without overwhelming or further distancing people and their loved ones.

Brought to you by Hearing the Voice (Durham University) in collaboration with Rai Waddingham (voice-hearer, mental health trainer), this workshop will explore the way in which we can use information and resources to help people distressed by their voices feel more empowered and reduce internalised stigma. It will include an introduction to Understanding Voices, a new website for voice-hearers, their families and health professionals, and ways of using this in practice, as well as exploring strategies and techniques for talking about voice-hearing in a normalising way.

This course is suitable for:

Anyone with an interest in this topic, including voice-hearers, family members, carers, mental health professionals, volunteers, social care workers, peer supporters, group facilitators, GPs and more.

Details and how to register:

The same half-day training course is offered in both Glasgow and London, and will take place at the following venues and times:

Friday 28 February, 10am-1pm (with lunch from 1-2pm)

The Albany Learning and Conference Centre

Woodlands Suite

44 Ashley Street

Glasgow G3 6DS

Tuesday 3 March, 10am-1pm (with lunch from 1-1.45pm)

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Rooms 1 & 2

Society Building

8 All Saints Street

London N1 9RL

The training is free to attend and runs from 10am to 1pm, with lunch provided at 1pm. Certificates will be available at the end of the course. If you would like to attend, please register here.

Travel bursaries are available for voice-hearers and Hearing Voices Groups who wish to attend the course.

Places are limited for these events, so advance booking is essential.  If you have any queries, please contact Victoria Patton.

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