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

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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.

Working with Taboo and Violent Voices in Forensic Settings @ Amnesty International
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

It can be difficult to talk about hearing voices, because of the stigma which can surround the experience. However, some voices, visions and sensory experiences can be even harder to discuss. Taboo voices are voices which talk about topics that are viewed negatively by the person and/or society. They may feel forbidden or dangerous, with themes of violence or sexuality.

Opening up a conversation about violent or taboo voices can bring up strong feelings of fear and shame in both the speaker and listener. In a forensic setting, they might also carry additional weight, because of concerns around ‘risk’. How can we open up space in Hearing Voices groups to talk about taboo and violent voices?

The course is free of charge to those who work in a prison, IRC or forensic unit, however please note you can only attend if you have:

• facilitated a Hearing Voices Group or Paranoia/Beliefs Group in a prison, forensic unit or immigration removal centre
• attended a Voices Unlocked 3-day Hearing Voices Group facilitation training

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Hearing Voices Group Facilitation Training @ Cardboard Citizens
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – Sep 24 @ 4:30 pm

A 3-day training course

Thursday 19th, Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th September 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 – September 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 150 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 – September 2019

then return it to:

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

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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