Types of Training Available
Part of the intent and purpose of Hearing Voices Network USA is to support the development of new groups throughout the country, and to broaden understanding of the HVN approach across the US. In support of that, we have an experienced group of trainers who can offer you and your group or organization an option that meets your needs, including:
- An Overview to the Hearing Voices Approach: This option is typically a two-hour training during which participants will be oriented to the basic history and core concepts of the Hearing Voices Network's approach.
- Hearing Voices Awareness Training: This one-day training will address the same material covered in the overview, but will go into more depth to support participants' exploration in understanding hearing voices and other extreme or unusual experiences and some of the ways that the HVN groups and overall approach can support individuals to move forward toward integrating these experiences into their lives.
- Facilitator Training: This multi-day training (minimum of 24 hours) will cover all material addressed in the other trainings, and will prepare individuals to begin facilitating Hearing Voices groups.
Other topics (working with people who hear voices, etc.) available on request.
The HVN-USA training team is made up of a variety of people from the United States and the United Kingdom. Several on the team have personal experience with hearing voices, seeing visions and other unusual experiences. Those who don't are nonetheless deeply invested in and closely allied with the movement. Each trainer has their own style, but all work within the same general framework including minimum number of hours and major points covered in each training. Generally speaking, at least two trainers are involved in facilitating any training, and at least one will have experienced hearing voices, seeing visions or other unusual experiences.