Training & Events Calendar

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Compassion Focused Therapy and the courage of compassionate relating with emotional parts, selves, and voices @ Cardboard Citizens
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

CFT and the courage of compassionate relating with emotional parts, selves, and voices

Trainer: Charlie Heriot-Maitland


Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert, 2009; 2010) aims to help people regulate threat-based emotions, experiences, and conflicts by building internal feelings of safeness and connectedness, and by providing contexts, practices and insights that facilitate the development of compassion to self and others. As such, CFT can offer a useful framework for approaching  mental health and wellbeing challenges at each of the personal, professional, organisational, and community levels.

In this workshop, we will explore how our evolved minds can be orientated in certain ways depending on our social motives, and consider evidence of how orientating our minds towards compassion for self and others can bring a variety of positive mental and physical and health benefits. The workshop will introduce ideas on how we might develop compassion for ourselves, as well as facilitate the development of compassion among others, including those who are experiencing distress in relation to voices and other experiences. We will also consider ways of creating social contexts and environments in which compassion may flourish. A combination of group discussion exercises and experiential practice will be used.


This workshop will be led by Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland, a clinical psychologist, researcher, and trainer (University of Glasgow and Balanced Minds). He is currently researching the social context of anomalous experiences and the application of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) for people experiencing distress in relation to psychosis. He provides psychological therapies for a CFT practice called Balanced Minds in London and Edinburgh, and also runs compassion training workshops for practitioners and the general public.
Hearing Voices Group Facilitation Training @ Old Diorama Arts Centre
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – Mar 12 @ 4:30 pm

A 3-day training course

Thursday 7th, Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th March 2019

This course is suitable for anyone thinking of setting up or facilitating a Hearing Voices Group, including: People with lived experience of voices or visions; support workers; psychologists; OTs, social workers; therapists; nurses etc.

Download application form:  app form Hearing Voices Training – March 2019

About Hearing Voices Groups


Since their inception in the late 80s, Hearing Voices Groups have become an established and valuable source of support for people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual sensory perceptions. They provide a safe space for people to share and find ways of making sense of, and living with, their experiences.

There are over 180 Hearing Voices Groups in the UK, in a range of settings – including charities, user/survivor-led groups, prisons, inpatient units, CAMHS, Early Intervention Services, Forensic settings and community mental health teams. Hearing Voices Networks can be found in over 26 countries across 5 continents (including Uganda, USA, Denmark, Malaysia, Japan and Australia).

About This Course

This 3 day training course equips you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to either set up a new Hearing Voices Group or co-facilitate an existing one.

It includes:

  • Exploring diverse understandings of voices, visions & ‘psychosis’
  • Coping strategies and pathways to recovery
  • Rethinking power & empowerment
  • Planning, launching & establishing safe and effective Hearing Voices Groups
  • Practical group facilitation skills and problem solving
  • Hearing Voices Network ethos

Course Fees

£300 – Statutory & Private

£200 – Charities & self-funded individuals

£100 – Students & self-funded individuals who work part-time only

FREE  – People with lived experience of voices or beliefs

To apply, please download and complete the application form:  app form Hearing Voices Training – March 2019

then return it to:

London Hearing Voices Network, Mind in Camden, Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Road, London, NW1 9LQ

Exploring Mindfulness and Voices @ Brockway Room, Conway Hall
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Exploring Mindfulness and Voices
Trainer: Andy Phee

Using mindfulness practice to support others and ourselves

A day of practice, exploration and reflection, suitable for hearing voices group facilitators, mental health workers and people living with voices or distressing beliefs.

The workshop includes mindfulness practices throughout the day and interactive exercises in pairs and small groups. We aim to explore

  • Grounding and promoting safety
  • Mindfulness practices in everyday life
  • The breath and the body in mindfulness practice
  • Mindfulness meditation practices and adaptions
  • Mindful Movement
  • Mindful listening and being with others mindfully

Additionally, there will be space to discuss

  • Why mindfulness can be helpful
  • When mindfulness may and may not be helpful
  • Trauma sensitive mindfulness
  • The current evidence base for mindfulness and voice hearing and paranoia
  • Materials to support mindfulness practice such as guided recordings
  • Mindfulness and other approaches and therapies.
  • Starting a mindfulness practice and practising together in groups

Andy Phee’s background was in community mental health nursing. He facilitated a Hearing Voices Group in Camden for many years. More recently since training to teach mindfulness, he has been facilitating mindfulness groups for people experiencing distressing voices and paranoia. He has been practising meditation and mindfulness for 20 years.

2 responses to “Training & Events Calendar”

  1. I have severe depression and I have no friends and I feel so lonely and I am looking for activities to get myself out of the house during the days and at weekends, please can you advise of places to meet and make new friends. I would really appreciate it, thanks very much. Mary

    1. Hi Mary, our Healthy Minds Community Programme may be able to support you in accessing free activities if you live within Camden. Please give us a call on 020 7241 8996 or email us at

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