Training & Events Calendar

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Supporting people who hear voices in forensic and detention settings @ Amnesty International UK
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This one-day awareness training will specifically develop skills enabling people to work in a one-to-one capacity with those who hear voices.

This training will lead to better understanding of how hearing voices, seeing visions and having other sensory experiences and beliefs might affect people within a secure setting.

Topics covered include:

  • Exploring diverse experiences & understandings of voices, visions & ‘psychosis’
  • Coping strategies
  • Pathways to recovery

This workshop is free for those who work in an Immigration Removal Centre, Prison or Forensic Unit (medium-high secure). We welcome enquiries from staff in all roles inclusive of officers and safer custody departments, mental health and healthcare teams.

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.

Supporting people who self-harm in forensic and detention settings @ Amnesty International UK
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This course will provide a space for staff to explore ways of understanding and supporting people who self-harm in forensic and detention settings.

Self-harm is common, however, staff often struggle with wanting to help but not knowing what is best to do. Amongst others, the words ‘suicidal’, ‘attention-seeking’ and ‘risk’, can come to mind. Two ways of responding are to ignore it or to try to get the person to stop.

During the course, we shall reflect on the impact of working with self-harm whilst developing skills to work with those we are supporting.

This workshop is free for those who work in an Immigration Removal Centre, Prison or Forensic Unit (medium-high secure). We welcome enquiries from staff in all roles inclusive of officers and safer custody departments, mental health and healthcare teams.

Creative strategies for peer support engagement @ Conway Hall
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Join Sascha Altman DuBrul in this interactive workshop examining an emerging engagement framework being used in peer support communities in the United States. Using tools such as story-telling, interactive discussions, and explicit training on both internal and external engagement strategies, attendees will benefit from the Saschas’ 20 years as a mental health advocate and professional with lived experience.

Being used in Peer Specialist services on clinical teams, T-MAPs (Transformative Mutual Aid Practices) is a guide for navigating challenging times, figuring out what you care about, and communicating with the important people in your life.


£12 Unwaged

£50 Self-funding part-time earners, and students

£100 Self-funding full-time earners, and voluntary sector organisations

£125 Private and statutory organisations (including NHS)

I is for Insult: questioning “Borderline Personality Disorder” @ Brockway Room, Conway Hall
Jun 17 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm



This one-day workshop will cover both practical and theoretical approaches to the disputed diagnosis of “Borderline Personality Disorder”, facilitated by someone with lived / living experience of these issues.

It aims to strike a balance between questioning the construct and discussing practical approaches to some of the difficulties associated with it. This is to minimise the risk that in the context of ever-decreasing budgets, changes in theoretical approach could inadvertently restrict access to support.

What we will cover

  • Feminist and queer issues around “Borderline Personality Disorder”.
  • Is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder a viable alternative to “BPD”? What might ICD-11 mean for those currently diagnosed?
  • Everyday trauma: day-to-day erosion and the idea of “a stable sense of self”.
  • The multiple meanings and functions of self-harm.
  • Practical and creative approaches to self-harm and suicidality, including harm minimisation, managing clinical fear of risk, and particularly the minimisation of iatrogenic harm.

Who is this training for?

This training is intended for anyone with a personal and/or professional interest in “Borderline Personality Disorder” and related issues such as self-harm, suicidality, and trauma. It is not a therapeutic workshop but survivors / service users and clinicians, support workers, etc., are welcome. Attendees should expect some of the subject material to be difficult and possibly triggering, but will be welcome to take a break at any point during the day.

About the trainer

Rachel Rowan Olive is an illustrator, researcher, and mental health service user/survivor with a particular interest in women’s mental health. She combines her artwork and research experience to facilitate training; her work has appeared in Asylum magazine, on the Mental Elf website, and in the Independent. She is a trustee of the National Survivor User Network. You can find her on twitter and Instagram as @rrowanolive.


  • Unwaged: £12
  • Self-funding part-time earners, and students: £50
  • Self-funding full-time earners, and voluntary sector organisations: £100
  • Private and statutory  organisations (including NHS): £125

*The full fee will be chargeable if you cancel less than 7 days before the event

For more information on booking, please contact:

John Wetherell
Project Assistant

020 7241 8978 |

Mind in Camden, Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Rd, London, NW1 9LQ

Supporting people with unusual beliefs in forensic settings @ Amnesty International UK
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

You may already be aware of the Hearing Voices Group approach, but working with people with beliefs or paranoia can sometimes feel a step further.

To talk to people about their beliefs may bring up anxiety in us – should I challenge them or should I listen? If I don’t challenge, will this be ‘collusion’? In a forensic setting, this might also carry additional weight, because of concerns around ‘risk’.

In this training, we will explore:

  • Understanding and reframing paranoia and beliefs
  • Ways to cope with distressing beliefs
  • Safe ways of talking about distressing beliefs
  • Our personal reactions to people with strong beliefs, and how this can impact on our work with them
  • Reflection on risk and on the challenges of creating and maintaining peer support groups in these settings

This workshop is free for those who work in an Immigration Removal Centre, Prison or Forensic Unit (medium-high secure). We welcome enquiries from staff in all roles inclusive of officers and safer custody departments, mental health and healthcare teams.

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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