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Social and biographical approaches to voice hearing – a lived experience perspective

Social and biographical approaches to voice hearing – a lived experience perspective


Two Day CPD workshop on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th July 2017

The traditional approach to working with voice hearers focusses upon inabilities and deficits, rather than individuals’ inherent ability to understand and cope with their voices and other experiences. This course is grounded on acceptance of lived experiences of voice hearing. Participants will be taught to employ the Maastricht Interview, an assessment tool developed by Dr Sandra Escher and Professor Marius Romme, which provides a structured method for understanding and working with a voice hearer’s experience.

This course is designed for professionals who are working in mental health and psychiatric services such as social workers, support workers, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists. The course is accessible for people in part or full-time work. It consists of an initial workshop over two consecutive days, followed by an optional one day workshop at a later date. It is facilitated by Peter Bullimore and Kate Crawford, two people with experience of voice hearing who are highly experienced in delivering training on this topic.
The course encourages practitioners to explore the experience of voice hearing and build trust, openness and understanding in their work with people who hear voices. It will enable practitioners to:
• Assist people to overcome the shame of talking about voices
• Acknowledge and validate the experience of voice hearing
• Support people to overcome feelings of shame related to talking about voices
• Offer space and support to systematically map all aspects of a person’s voices and build insight
• Empower the individual by promoting acceptance and the opportunity to take charge of their experience
• Support the person to gain a better understanding of why they hear voices
During the two day workshop, participants are introduced to the Maastricht Interview, and supported to explore the key features of the approach through group work. All participants interview a voice hearer using the Maastricht Interview, then distil and organise the information, in order to write a report of the voice hearer’s experience. Following this, feedback is provided, and participants are given a second opportunity to apply their learning from the first interview, with a different voice hearer. Finally, participants are supported to develop a construct, or detailed account of the voice hearers' experiences. Developing a construct is the final stage in analysing the relationship between an individual’s voices and their life history. This is done by gaining the answer to two main questions: what do the individual’s voices represent in their lives and who does the individual’s voices represent? This information will be shared and discussed, then compared with Escher and Romme’s best practice examples.

CPD Workshop July 2017 - External Participants


CPD Workshop July 2017 - Lancaster University Students


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