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In order to register an HVN-USA group that you facilitate or manage, you must first have an account on our website.  If you already have an account, you can skip the first set of steps.  If you don't yet have one, you can sign up for an account as follows:

  1. Scroll down to the Login form at the bottom of the left column of the HVN-USA web page and click on "Create an account >".
  2. The account registration form will load in your web browser.  Fill in the form completely and click the "Register" button.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent to the address you provided on the account registration form.  If the email doesn't arive within a few minutes, check your email account's spam folder.
  4. Click on the link provided in the confirmation email to activate your account.
  5. You now have an active account on the HVN-USA website and can log in.  Go ahead and do so now.

Now that you have an account on our website, you can register an HVN-USA group as follows:

  1. Make sure that you are logged in. You should see a "User Menu" in the left column of the web page.  If you don't see it, log in using the form at the bottom of the left column.
  2. Click on Register HVN-USA Group in the User Menu.
  3. The "Register HVN-USA Group" form will load in your web browser.  Fill in all required information.  You can move the mouse cursor over an item's name to see more instructions for filling in that part of the form.  Make sure the email address you provide for "Email of Person Registering" is accurate, as we may need to contact you about your registration.
  4. Click the "Submit" button.  The information you have entered will be stored on the HVN-USA website and marked for review.  You should receive a confirmation email within a few minutes.  If you don't see it, first check your email account's spam folder.  If you still can't find it after an hour, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  5. In some cases, we may contact you for more information when we review the group's registration.

The newly registered HVN-USA group won't be listed publicly until we have reviewed the registration form you submitted.  You can check the status of groups you've registered by clicking on My HVN-USA Groups in the User Menu.

Here is a listing of all HVN-USA groups registered under your username. To edit a group's information, click on its name in the list below.

If you want to make changes to an existing group that is not listed here, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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If you'd like to register a new HVN-USA group with us, you can follow these instructions.

 

Do I really need to go through a training before starting a Hearing Voices group?

1.  Do I really need to go through a training before starting a Hearing Voices group?

Most of us have been directly and indirectly trained for many years to think about psychiatric diagnoses, hearing voices and other unusual experiences in a particular way.  Our ideas have been shaped and often ingrained by films and television, advertising, the news and professional training courses.  While the Hearing Voices approach may not qualify as 'rocket science,' it does represent a significant shift from this training to a different way of thinking and talking about these experiences.  As a result, for most people, it will be really important to have the time to peel away the old layers of training and explore new ideas in a group learning environment.  It is all the more important because group leaders will likely be challenged at one or more points by others who do not yet understand the approach, and particularly if the group is being held in an otherwise clinical environment.  

For this reason, we highly recommend training fo ALL people who intend to facilitate a Hearing Voices group.  However, we understand that not all people will choose to wait for a training to become accessible.  For this reason, we have also developed a 'Self-Reflection Tool' for individuals who are thinking about starting a group without training.  The tool is intended to support people to think about how ready they are to start a group and also provide some ideas as to what they might do to increase their readiness.

The Self-Reflection Tool can be found here.

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FOR GROUPS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF HEARING VOICES NETWORK USA

Adapted from the Charter developed by HVN England

While there may be other groups that address the experience of hearing voices and other unusual or extreme experiences in some way, not all of those groups are members of the Hearing Voices Network (HVN) USA.  Above all else, what defines a group as an HVN-USA Member is whether or not they operate in a way that is consistent with HVN values and approach.  This Charter, adapted from the hard work and careful thought of many individuals connected with HVN England, identifies the qualities that define both affiliated and full group membership within HVN-USA.  Only groups that clearly state that they follow the terms of this Charter will be listed on this site or considered to be HVN-USA members.

 

CRITERIA FOR AFFILIATED GROUP MEMBERSHIP

Affiliated groups meet all the most basic terms of HVN groups, but not the additional terms required for full group membership.

  • Ethos of self-help
  • Ethos of mutual respect, support and empathy
  • Acceptance that voices, visions, tactile sensations and other unusual or extreme experiences are real
  • Acceptance that people are not less for having voices, visions, tactile sensations and other unusual or extreme experiences
  • Attendance is completely voluntary and self-determined 
  • Primary focus is sharing experiences - no more, no less  
  • No assumption of illness
  • Freedom to interpret experiences in any way
  • Freedom to challenge social norms
  • Freedom to talk about anything, not just voices and visions
  • Not a 'treatment program'
  • Social group not clinical group
  • No clinical pressure on facilitator to report back on attendance, participation, etc.
  • No one expert; All are experts
  • Ordinary, common language is used
  • No discharge process
  • No risk assessment
  • Confidentiality within group is maintained as much as possible
  • Group is aware of any limits to confidentiality
  • Working towards fulfilling criteria for full membership

 

CRITERIA FOR FULL GROUP MEMBERSHIP

Full HVN-USA groups meet all the most basic terms listed above, in addition to also operating separately from clinical settings and other aspects as listed below.

  •  No referral needed 
  • Group is a community to which people belong    
  • Members join for as long as it suits them    
  • Group open to people not using services    
  • Group open to people from other geographical areas    
  • Group does not meet within a clinical setting    
  • Ethos of accepting people as they are    
  • Group is not a form of treatment to make people better    
  • Group decides limits to confidentiality  
  • Equality between everyone in the group  
  • Decisions are made by all the group together
  • Problems are worked out within the group    
  • Responsibility lies primarily with the group not the facilitator  
  • Aim is for the group to become run by individuals who have lived experience

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