The Hearing Voices Research & Development Fund (as supported by the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care) has scheduled its next Hearing Voices Group Facilitator training in Vancouver, Washington (just over the border from Portland, Oregon). The fund is administered by Gail Hornstein, Professor of Psychology, Mount Holyoke College, and Jacqui Dillon, National Chair, Hearing Voices Network, England. The trainings will be facilitated by experienced Hearing Voices trainers and group facilitators from the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community who also have personal experience hearing voices.
Both local and out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply. Information is as follows:
- When: Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 27, 2016
- Where:40 et 8 Chateau (also known as the 40 and 8 or Forty and Eight Bingo), 7607 NE 26th Avenue
- Trainers: Caroline White & Marty Hadge of the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community with special guests to be announced
- Cost: Free
- Deadline to apply: March 28th, 2016
- Application: Click HERE for the PDF version, and Click HERE for the Word version
- Additional Details: Please note that priority for this particular training will go to Veterans or people who work in roles where they support Veterans. Others are also welcome to apply.
This training has been organized in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Portland Healthcare System.
2-Day Voice Dialoguing Workshops:
Thursday, May 19 & Friday, May 20. Click HERE to register!
Monday, May 23 & Tuesday, May 24. (FULL)
Thursday, June 2 & Friday, June 3. Click HERE to register!
Wednesday, June 8 & Thursday, June 9 (FULL)
Half-Day & One-Day Workshops:
New York City, New York:
Unusual Beliefs, Tuesday, June 7 (FULL)
Two-Hour Public Events on Voice Dialoguing:
Thursday, May 19, 6:30pm to 8pm @ Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court
Tuesday, May 24, 7 to 9pm @ Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave
Thursday, May 26, 1 to 4pm @ Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville Street (reception at 3pm)
Tuesday, May 31, 2 to 4pm @ Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road
Thursday, June 2, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Location To Be Determined!
Who are Rufus & Elisabeth? Rufus has worked as a clinical psychologist for 19 years in England. He is also a writer and internationally recognized trainer and speaker. His work is inspired by 15 years working with the Hearing Voices Network and his own experience of extreme states, psychiatric treatment and recovery in his late teens. Elisabeth is an artist and has worked as a Hearing Voices speaker, trainer and facilitator since 2006 in Denmark and other parts of Europe, as well as Canada and Australia. Her work is inspired by her life long experiences with hearing voices. Learn more at Rufus's website.
HVN USA is happy to announce a new phone-in mutual support group for people who are currently facilitating HVN groups and for those interested in starting new Hearing Voices groups. This group is happening once-a-month via toll free conference call. Like other Hearing Voices groups, it's a place to share our stories, challenges and victories, to gain new perspectives and connect with others who may have similar experiences.
First Friday of each Month
3pm-4pm Eastern Time
HVN USA Facilitator Trainers Lisa Forestell and Marty Hadge recently presented a webinar for Hearing Voices Network of Lower Hudson Valley, New York. This webinar is now available for replay online for free. It is about one hour in length. Among other things, it covers the history, values and ethics of the HVN approach. Lisa and Marty also share personal stories regarding their own experiences with voice hearing, how it affected their interactions with others inside and outside the traditional mental health system, and experiences participating in and facilitating HVN USA groups. There is also a great Q&A session at the end.
Click here to check it out!
Note: It will ask for a name and email address to register for playback.
We are pleased to announce that our most recent open call for new Board Members has resulted in eight new people joining our group!
▪ Andrea Easton - Massachusetts
▪ Berta Britz - Pennsylvania
▪ Jeannie Bass - Massachusetts
▪ Lisa Planting - California
▪ Noel Hunter - New York
▪ Susan Grubb - New York
▪ Teressa Ford - Georgia
▪ Tim Ness - Colorado
They join the following existing members:
▪ Brenda Hammond - Idaho
▪ Francisco Gonzalez - Rhode Island
▪ Lisa Forestell - Massachusetts
▪ Oryx Cohen - Massachusetts
▪ Patrick Hayes - Illinois
▪ Sera Davidow - Massachusetts
Along with our international representatives:
▪ Peter Bullimore - United Kingdom
▪ Rachel Waddingham - United Kingdom
Want to learn more about the Board members? Read their bios here!
Initially, we had really hoped to further diversify our geographical representation. However, applications continued to lean heavily toward the Northeast and so the Board collectively decided to prioritize active energy to participate above geography for this round. Although geographic representation is critical, right now we're at a stage where building energy and momentum is the most essential next step and we hope that geographic diversity will follow.
That said, a couple of spots remain open, and the Board has determined that it will only accept applicants from outside of the Northeast for the foreseeable future.
'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!