The 2nd Annual Working with Voices: Listening and Gaining Understanding event, presented by Resources for Human Development comes to Philadelphia this month. There are a few different trainings, workshops and events running from October 28th - 30th. These will feature Ron Coleman and Karen Taylor, pioneers in the Hearing Voices Movement.
Some of the events are free, others have reduced rates for voice hearers. There are also needs-based scholarships available.
For more info: www.rhd.org/workingwithvoices
The Hearing Voices Research & Development Fund (as supported by the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care) has scheduled its first two Hearing Voices Group Facilitator trainings in Michigan and Delaware. 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 Mass Recovery Learning Community.
Both local and out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply. Information is as follows:
WHEN: Monday, October 26th - Wednesday, October 28th
WHERE: Downtown Lansing Library, Lansing, Michigan
TRAINERS: Marty Hadge & Lisa Forestell
APPLICATION: Click HERE.
Applications due by Monday, September 21
WHEN: Monday, November 30th - Wednesday, December 2nd
WHERE: Del Tech Community College in Dover, Delaware
TRAINERS: Caroline White & Marty Hadge
APPLICATION: Click HERE
Applications due by Monday, October 19
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.