Hearing Voices Network NSW

For people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual perceptions

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OCTOBER 2015: Hearing Voices Therapy Group starting in the CBD

Final Group for the year!

The Australian College of Applied Psychology is offering a low-cost ($40) 7 week Therapy group for people who hear distressing voices.

The group was designed by a voice-hearer with many years’ experience working in mental health settings and it draws on the Hearing Voices Approach of exploring voice experiences, changing the relationship with negative voices, and developing personalised coping strategies to manage distressing voices and the stresses that trigger them.

The group is supervised by our very own Vanessa Beavan, an active HVNNSW committee member and clinical psychologist.

For more information and to register click here

Queensland Hearing Voices Workshop in September

The Queensland Hearing Voices Community is pleased to announce the second of three workshops funded by the QLD Mental Health Commission (QMHC) Community Awareness Initiative and supported by Aftercare.

The second workshop ‘Understanding & Working With People Who Hear Voices’  is a 3 day workshop that will be held on Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th and Wed 30th of September 2015, at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church at New Farm.

The training will be facilitated by Amanda Waegeli  and Ros Thomas.  Amanda is a Peer Specialist and Independent Mental HealthRecovery Consultant who has gained mastery over her experience of voice hearing through Hearing Voices Groups and the Hearing Voices Approach. Ros is a mental health worker, who has worked for the last 20 years in non-clinical service provision. Both facilitators are highly regarded and well respected within the Hearing Voices Movement and will bring a wealth of knowledge to our workshop.

This innovative 3 day workshop looks both at the theory and practice of working with and talking to voices.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the 3 days all participants will have:

  • An understanding of hearing voices
  • Been introduced to developing Coping Strategies
  • Been introduced to the Maastricht Interview
  • The confidence to use the Victim to Victor Workbook
  • Been introduced to Voice Profiling
  • Been introduced to Voice Dialoguing
  • Developed confidence and awareness in working with voices
  • Developed a Toolkit for working with clients’ voices

Places are limited and participants are expected to attend all 3 days. Please see the attached flyer and registration form for further details.

It would be appreciated if you would circulate the details throughout your networks.

Please see below for more information and registration form.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards

Sam Jemison

REGISTRATION FORM 2

 

Hearing voices: Auditory hallucinations vary across cultures

Tanya Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, poses for a portrait in her office at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  She acquired the artwork about 10 years ago. On the left is a painting called "Stigma," about the stigma of mental illness, and on the right the painting is called "Laws of Nature," about hearing voices.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Tanya Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, poses for a portrait in her office at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She acquired the artwork about 10 years ago. On the left is a painting called “Stigma,” about the stigma of mental illness, and on the right the painting is called “Laws of Nature,” about hearing voices. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

STANFORD — Voices heard by some schizophrenics are strange, angry and threatening. But others hear voices that are familiar, helpful and comforting.

Varying across cultures, these voices tell us something: What we believe shapes what we hear — and how we feel, according to Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann, whose first-ever cultural comparison found that Bay Area patients experienced more negative voices than patients in India and Ghana.

Here’s a great collection of ideas on how to run a Hearing Voices group

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Great collection of ideas on how to run a hearing voices group

 

 

New Chairperson elected to board

Douglas Holmes became the new chairperson in November 2014. For more information about Douglas, and his vision for HVN NSW, please see  About Us>Committee

Newtown Voices running again from Tuesday October 13th, 1-3

After a break in October, hearing voices Newtown is now up and running again with two new facilitators.

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