The Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund has recently issued a Request for Proposals for an upcoming effort to bring Hearing Voices peer support groups to more communities across the United States. Response has been enthusiastic and it has been gratifying for us to speak with so many people passionate about the Hearing Voices Network. We are excited to hear about the creative and dynamic proposals being drafted in regions as diverse as the Midwest, the Rockies, and the West Coast.
While there is still plenty of time to submit proposals before the due date of June 1, we’ve begun to hear several of the same questions asked by multiple people so felt that it would be useful to everyone to offer an addition to the FAQ section of the original application guidelines.
Click here for the additional FAQ.
Proposals for free Hearing Voices Group Facilitation &
Network Development Training in your region are now welcomed!
The Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund, through the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, is beginning a 3-year training and research project to bring Hearing Voices peer-support groups to communities across the United States, and to research the mechanisms by which these groups work. The project will train more than 100 facilitators in 5 regions and create a stronger regional and local infrastructure of Hearing Voices peer-support groups across the USA.
Once a greater number of groups are up and running, the project will conduct a comprehensive study whose goal will be to identify the factors promoting effectiveness of these groups.
Proposals are now welcomed from individuals and organizations who would like to be selected as one of the 5 project regions across the USA where the trainings will take place. (Participation in the research phase of the project will be fully voluntary, regardless of whether or not someone has participated in any of these trainings.)
Applications are due June 1, 2015
In addition to more details about the Fund and the application process; these links include contact info for questions and consultation, FAQ's, other research and resources.
Monday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 15
@ Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center, Holyoke, MA
Registration is required and available on a first-come first-serve basis. Click here for a registration form.This three-day workshop is particularly for people working in clinical or peer roles, and other supporters who are working with people who hear voices or experience other unusual phenomenon. It focuses on teaching participants how to use the Maastricht Interview to support individuals to understand and navigate their experiences.The Maastricht Interview is a semi-structured questionnaire. It was developed by Dr. Sandra Escher, Professor Marius Romme and voice hearer Patsy Hage as a way to explore the experience of voice hearing in depth, map out voices, and provide the tools needed to build trust, openness and understanding.
This workshop will be facilitated by Peter Bullimore (and a second trainer TBA) who himself has heard voices since childhood. Peter is also an internationally known trainer, founder of the Paranoia Network in England, and owner/operator of Asylum Associates, and has taught at several universities in the United Kingdom.
'Experiences of hearing voices: analysis of a novel phenomenological survey', The Lancet Psychiatry, March 2015
The results from a new research study about the experiences of hearing voices have been published. This study was a collaboration between Hearing the Voice and the Lived Experience Research Network.
"Completed by 153 people (including 26 who have no history of mental illness), our open-ended online questionnaire aimed to strip away assumptions about what we think voice-hearers are experiencing, and instead ask people to describe what it is like to hear voices in their own words."
Click here to check it out!
On October 10th, 2014 Oryx Cohen (National Empowerment Center and HVN USA Board Member) and Marty Hadge (Western Mass Recovery Learning Community and HVN USA Trainer) presented a Hearing Voices Webinar entitled:
The 2 hour webinar was recorded (audio, slides and chats) and is available for replay by clicking on the title above or the link below!
Thanks to the presenters, hosts and other sponsors for supporting this and offering the recording free of charge: