Training & Events Calendar

Paranoia & Beliefs 3-day Group Facilitation Training @ Cockpit Arts
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – Dec 19 @ 4:30 pm


Thursday 14th, Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th December 2017

If you are interested in applying, please download the application form here: app form – Paranoia & Beliefs Training – Dec 2017 and return the completed form to

About the course

  • Are you interested in facilitating a peer support group for people who struggle with paranoia and beliefs?
  • Or are you part of an organisation already committed to developing a peer support group with us?

This is an innovative training course giving facilitators the necessary skills and confidence to set up and sustain a Paranoia & Beliefs Group.

The course covers the following main areas:

  • Understanding the experience of ‘Paranoia’ and the distress that can be related to beliefs
  • Different ways of making sense of paranoia and beliefs
  • Developing a repertoire of coping strategies to help people take back control of their lives
  • Helping people explore their beliefs in a peer support group context
  • Practical skills for group facilitation
  • Setting up, launching and sustaining Paranoia Peer Support Groups
Making Sense of Complex Trauma @ Conway Hall
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

“The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable. When the truth is finally recognised, survivors can begin their recovery. But far too often secrecy prevails, and the story of the traumatic event surfaces not as a verbal narrative but as a symptom”.

– Judith Herman

Trauma, and society’s response to it, can create deep wounds in those who survive it. In addition to the flashbacks, hyperarousal and numbing one might experience, repeated interpersonal abuse can leave survivors dealing with a whole host of creative and challenging adaptations to survive in a world that has demonstrated its dangerousness.

This one day workshop explores the many different ways complex trauma can affect survivors, including: flashbacks, vigilance, numbing, emotional regulation, dissociation, identity fragmentation, psychosis, shame, relationship difficulties, eating distress & issues with ‘the body’.

This course is facilitated by Rai Waddingham, an experienced trainer with personal and professional experience of complex trauma and dissociation (see for more info).

Topics include:

Understanding and recognising complex post-traumatic reactions

Working with hopelessness, guilt and shame

Recognising the things we, as supporters, may do to make matters worse … and navigating our way through difficult situations

Helping survivors make sense of, and manage, their experiences

This course is suitable for anyone who supports survivors of trauma, in a work or personal capacity.


  • Full price (Statutory/commercial): £120
  • Reduced price (Voluntary sector): £90
  • Concessions (Unwaged): £10

Special offer:

Once you book a place on this course you are eligible for a discount on our ‘Understanding & Working with Multiplicity’ workshop on 10 Jan. Please see: for more info.

Understanding & Working with Multiplicity @ Conway Hall
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Multiplicity – or having dissociative identities – is the experience of being more than one. For some, these parts are experienced as different aspects of themselves (a child part, a wise part, a sceptical part). For others, these parts are more distinct – perhaps having their own names, gender, characteristics and history – and can be separated by dissociative walls. Each part may have a function, containing important information and a narrative that other parts may not be aware of.

The resultant loss of time and confusion can make it difficult for people to make sense of what is happening to them. Yet, for those of us who have experienced severe trauma, such walls can be a lifeline when we are not at a point in our lives to address what has happened. Many of us are somewhere in between these two ends of the dissociative continuum – finding a way of understanding and living with our selves.

This course is facilitated by Rai Waddingham, an experienced trainer with personal and professional experience of complex trauma, dissociation and multiplicity (see

Topics include:

Challenging common myths and stereotypes – understanding diverse experiences of multiplicity and their impact on people’s lives

Navigating conversations around multiplicity – at different stages in people’s journeys (including when they are not aware of their parts)

Strategies to improve communication & collaboration between parts

This course is suitable for anyone who supports people who experience multiplicity of any kind, in a work or personal capacity.


  • Full price (Statutory/commercial): £120
  • Reduced price (Voluntary sector): £90
  • Concessions (Unwaged): £10

Special offer:

If you have already booked a place on the Complex Trauma workshop on 8 January, you are eligible for a discount on this course. Please choose the correct ticket band for you.

  • Full price Statutory/commercial: £80
  • Voluntary sector: £60
  • Unwaged: £5

If you have not booked a place on the Complex Trauma workshop on 8 January, please do not book a special offer place. If you do, it will be cancelled and you will be asked to re-book for the correct fee.

Supporting People in Immigration Removal Centres Who Hear Voices @ The Anna Freud Centre
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Supporting People in Immigration Removal Centres Who Hear Voices @ The Anna Freud Centre | England | United Kingdom

A 1-day training course

Thursday 11th January 2018

Following the successful launch of two Hearing Voices peer support groups at Colnbrook and Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centres, we’re offering a free Hearing Voices Awareness training to people who work in Immigration Removal Centres.

This one-day awareness training will specifically develop knowledge and awareness around hearing voices, as well as a grounding in skills enabling people to support people detained in IRCs who hear voices.

According to the Ministry of Justice (2013), 25% of women and 15% of men detained in prison report symptoms indicative of ‘psychosis’ (including distress around hearing voices, seeing things or beliefs). This percentage is likely to be much higher in IRCs, where many detainees have experienced some form of trauma in their life before detention.


Training will lead to better understanding of how hearing voices, seeing visions, having other sensory experiences and beliefs might affect people who are detained in an Immigration Removal Centre.

Topics covered include:

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

We run separate training courses on how to facilitate Hearing Voices Groups. This one-day training is not a necessary precursor to the group facilitation training, however, it’s a good taster of the way we work, our ethos and will develop solid skills for individual working.


The training is free for those that work in an Immigration Removal Centre, whether employed by the IRC itself, or for an organization that works within an IRC.

To apply for a place, please register your interest. We shall then be in touch to confirm your booking.

Legal Aid Peer Support Training @ Mayday Rooms
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

We’re offering free Peer Support training to legal professionals working with traumatised clients in legal aid.

Working in legal aid law can be extremely challenging. Clients may be in prison or IRCS where environments are tough, dealing with complex legal situations, leading to high levels of uncertainty and distress. This training will give an overview of mental health issues for people dealing with these conditions, and different ways of contextualising and understanding them.

We will look at how the distress of detainees can affect staff and volunteers, and we’ll explore some coping strategies on how to manage our own reactions and emotions. We will also put in place the core principles of peer support so that as staff or supporters we are better able to support ourselves and others

Topics covered will include:

  • An overview of mental health and the language and models we use
  • Distress and trauma, and bearing witness to distress and trauma
  • Coping strategies
  • The foundations of peer support and how to create a peer support group
  • Passion, compassion and self-care

Someone who attended one of our recent trainings gave this description of their experience: “I learnt how to manage setting up and holding a space whilst having to deal with limited capacity and how to set boundaries. I’ve also learnt how we can move away from the pathologisation of experiences, and why changing my language is important. It was absolutely transformative in the way I manage my own capacity in community activism and when supporting friends and other activists, and has allowed me to take on more, because I am confident in setting out what I can and can’t do in any role, so I can avoid burn out or feeling overwhelmed.”


The training is free for legal aids working in prisons and Immigration Removal Centres.

This training is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

To apply for a place, please register your interest. We shall then be in touch to confirm your booking.

N.B. Unfortunately, the space that we are using for this training is only accessible by stairs – there is no lift as it is a very old building.


Voice Collective: A Fresh Approach to Understanding Young People who Hear Voices @ Annex Room, Amnesty International UK
Jan 22 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Hearing Voices Group Facilitation Training @ Conway Hall
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – Mar 22 @ 4:30 pm

A 3-day training course

Friday 16th, Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd March 2018

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 2018

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

  • £290 (Full – statutory or commercial)
  • £180 (Reduced – including charity and voluntary sector agencies)
  • FREE (People with lived experience of hearing voices or seeing visions)

To apply, please download and complete the application form app form Hearing Voices Training – March 2018 and return it to:

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

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