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.
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 Hayley Taylor. Peter began hearing voices in childhood. He is an internationally known trainer, founder of the Paranoia Network in England, and owner/operator of Asylum Associates. He has also taught at several universities in the United Kingdom. Hayley began hearing voices at 20, leading to a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. She is currently medication free and working with the Sheffield hearing voices network. She also helps facilitate the Maastricht Assessment Centre in Sheffield, using her knowledge and insight to help others