Training & Events Calendar

Jun
18
Mon
Understanding & Supporting Young People with Paranoia or Unusual Beliefs @ Conway Hall (Brockway Room)
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – Jun 19 @ 4:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE: This is a 2-day workshop. It runs from 10am – 4pm on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June 2018.

Q: If a young person was experiencing paranoia or unusual beliefs, and wanted to talk with you about it, would you know what to say or do?

Q: Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of paranoia and unusual beliefs, learn how to open up conversations with young people about these experiences and support those in distress?

Although the experience of paranoia or unusual beliefs is relatively common among young people, for some it can become overwhelming and distressing. Stigma, misinformation or unhelpful responses from the people around them can make it difficult for young people to share their experiences with supporters, and feel heard. However, everyone in a young person’s life can make a difference, and learn how to support them to cope and recover.

About this workshop:

This workshop is brought to you by Voice Collective, Mind in Camden. Founded on lived experience, and our experience supporting young people, it will provide an innovative approach to understanding and supporting young people experiencing paranoia or unusual beliefs. Through a combination of discussion, practical activity and role-play, it will cover:

  • Understanding paranoia and unusual beliefs & the impact these experiences can have on young people
  • Making sense of the different explanatory frameworks for paranoia and unusual beliefs
  • How to open up conversations with young people about their experiences
  • Practical coping strategies for managing distress
  • Supporting recovery and resilience
Who is it for?

This workshop is open to anyone supporting or working with young people, including parents, youth workers, counsellors, CAMHS, EIP, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, OTs, support workers, GPs, substance mis-use workers, YOTs, helpline staff, teachers, mentors & more. It is open to young people with lived experience, who are aged 16 or over.

About Voice Collective:

Voice Collective is a support service for children and young people up to the age of 20 who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual sensory experiences, paranoia or unusual beliefs. Funded by BBC Children in Need and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we provide support to children, young people and their families by email, telephone and face-to-face, via a dedicated online forum and in peer support groups across Greater London and in other parts of the UK. We provide training to CAMHS and EIP services, youth organisations, schools and many more. For more information visit: www.voicecollective.co.uk.

Essential information:

This workshop is open to people who support and/or work with children and young people (in a variety of settings, including the home). If you do not currently support or work with children and young people, we may not be able to accept your booking. Please contact us to find out if we have any spare waiting list places available.
As our courses are often oversubscribed, please book your place only if you are confident you are able to attend for the full two days.

Jul
13
Fri
INTRODUCING MINDFULNESS: Using mindfulness practice to support others and ourselves @ Cardboard Citizens
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

INTRODUCING MINDFULNESS: 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.

10.00am – 4.00pm Friday 13th July 2018

TRAINER: Andy PheeAndy’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. 

COURSE CONTENT: 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

Fees:

£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)

Small Print:

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

You can pay using the following methods: 

  • If you or your organisation cannot pay online, please contact John to discuss your other options. Call 020 7241 8978  or email jwetherell@mindincamden.org.uk

For more information on booking, please contact:

John Wetherell
Project Assistant

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

020 7241 8978 | jwetherell@mindincamden.org.uk

Jul
18
Wed
CRAZYWISE Documentary Screening and Audience Discussion @ UCL Institute of Child Health
Jul 18 @ 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm

CRAZYWISE

a film by Kevin Tomlinson & Phil Borges

What can we learn from those who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience?

CRAZYWISE follows two young Americans who achieved exactly that: Adam, 27, & Ekhaya, 32.

 FILM WEBSITE

 Watch Trailer

 

Doors: 6.00pm      Screening: 6.30pm      Bar Interval: 8.00pm      Discussion: 8.30pm 

The evening will be hosted and the discussion chaired by Akiko Hart, Mind in Camden’s Hearing Voices Project Manager.

TICKET PRICE: £12 waged, £7.00 unwaged (if you are unable to pay online, you can pay cash on the door, or otherwise please contact: John Wetherell 020 7241 8978 | jwetherell@mindincamden.org.uk) 

Panel to include: 

  • Jez Hughes (Shamanic healer & teacher)
  • Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed (Philosophy lecturer & researcher)
  • Satyin Taylor (NHS Spiritual Care / Chaplain) 
  • Natalie Tobert (Medical Anthropologist & author)

Scroll down for panellist biographies.

CRAZYWISE – as described by its co-director Phil Borges

“While documenting human rights issues faced by tribal and indigenous cultures around the world, I began meeting their healers and seers we call Shamans. Many of them recounted having extreme anxiety, hearing voices or seeing visions. They were typically comforted and told their symptoms were ‘a calling’ that identified them as having potential to become a Shaman. Typically an older Shaman would mentor them through an initiation process in which they learned to manage their very unique and powerful sensitivities.

“Back home, our film team began meeting many individuals who are part of a growing movement of survivors. What these ‘people with lived experience’ have to tell us, and what other cultures have to show us, could spark a much-needed conversation about our current mental health care practices and perceptions.”  

[from an interview in ‘PSYCHOLOGY TODAY’ 3rd April 2016]

About the panellists

Jez Hughes

Jez has studied intensively the ancient art of Shamanism for eighteen years. His journey began nearly thirty years ago when as a teenager, through illness, he found himself in an altered state of consciousness that knocked him into a reality far more powerful. It took a long time to integrate that experience and find healing for the physical and mental disturbances it initiated – which included convulsive fits, extreme anxiety, pyschological breakdown and psychotic episodes. This journey he now understands as a ‘Shamanic Illness’. It took him through various healing and spiritual traditions all across the earth, until he finally came home to shamanism and found practical methods to cure himself.

Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed

Currently Wellcome Trust ISSF Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, Mohammed’s most recent work examines the philosophy and politics of identity and recognition in light of contemporary mental health activism such as Mad Pride. This research is coming out in his book Madness and the Demand for Recognition (OUP). Mohammed is also interested in alternative cultural constructions of mental health phenomena, and has conducted ethnographic studies of spirit possession, magic, and healing in the Western desert of Egypt. 

Satyin Taylor

After an experience during university that was seen as psychosis, Satyin completed his Psychology degree and has worked for 20 years in the NHS in Occupational Therapy and then developing and encouraging Hearing Voices Groups alongside a core ‘CBT for Psychosis’ role in a Community Mental Health Team. Satyin is a member of Triratna Buddhist Order. In 2016 he became a Chaplain in NELFT and Buddhist Coordinator & Deputy Team Leader in ELFT Department of Spiritual, Religious & Cultural Care. He founded the London Group of the Spiritual Crisis Network, and has an active interest in traditional/spiritual healing approaches including through project work in Uganda and linking with East London Islamic healers.  

Natalie Tobert

Natalie Tobert is a British medical anthropologist.and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her books include Spiritual Psychiatries and Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing. Natalie has also written a “Training Pack on Cultural Equalities” to raise awareness of spiritual beliefs about mental health, for staff and students in medicine and healthcare. She facilitates workshops on Death, Dying, and Beyond, and writes to enhance the bridge between mainstream knowledge and what people actually believe and do for their wellbeing.

About the filmmakers

Phil Borges – Director & Executive Producer 

Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous cultures and striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face for over 25 years. For his program, Stirring the Fire, Phil produced and filmed several short films, capturing the stories of women heroes and the issues they face all over the world, both as solo projects and in collaboration with organizations such as UN Women and CARE. Phil has spoken at multiple TED talks; including TED in 2007, TEDxRainier in 2012 and TEDxUMKC in 2013 and hosted television documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic.

Kevin Tomlinson – Director & Executive Producer

Kevin Tomlinson has been an independent Seattle-based producer, director and cinematographer for over 25 years. He has earned numerous Emmys and Tellys for his network news camerawork with NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and Discovery. Kevin directed and co-produced the award-winning feature documentary, “Back to the Garden” which premiered at SIFF (2009) and at over 30 international film festivals, also airing both locally and nationally on PBS.

Jul
31
Tue
Advanced Working with Voices (Level 3) @ Amnesty International UK (Annex Room)
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction:

Those of us who support children and young people who hear distressing or difficult voices are constantly developing, finding new ways to approach voice-hearing with young people and support them towards their self-defined recovery.
Each young person and family is unique – one size does not fit all.

About This Workshop:

This workshop builds upon the principles explored in our ‘Supporting Children & Young People who Hear Voices’ training, and our ‘Voice Collective Group Facilitation Training’.
Using examples drawn from attendee’s prior experience of working with young voice-hearers, the workshop explores the following topics:

  • Developing trust and therapeutic relationships with young people who may not trust easily
  • Understanding ‘taboo voices’ (voices that talk about things the young person – and society – find very difficult, including violence & sexuality)
  • Finding safe ways of talking about voices and visions with young people in distress
  • Working with different, and often conflicting, perspectives on a young person’s experiences
  • Working with alternative belief systems (e.g. cultural or spiritual perspectives)
  • Using creativity to support conversations
  • Applying this learning within the workplace
  • We keep class sizes small to maximise the opportunity for discussion & reflection.

We require applicants to have attended either our ‘Supporting Children and Young People who Hear Voices’ training course, or our ‘Voice Collective Group Facilitation’ training course.

Fees:

This is a FREE training course for anyone working with children or young people who hear voices, see visions, or have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences.

Important Information:

This course is open to those who support children and young people (in a variety of settings) and who have attended a previous 1-day our 3-day training with us (listed above).
Please only book a place if you are confident that you can attend the course. If you can no longer attend the training, please inform us in writing on info@voicecollective.co.uk, and your place will be offered to someone on our waiting list.
Certificates of attendance will be given upon request after the training.

Aug
31
Fri
Hearing Voices Group Facilitation Training @ Conway Hall
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – Sep 7 @ 4:30 pm

A 3-day training course

Friday 31st August, Wednesday 5th & Friday 7th September 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 – September 2018

About Hearing Voices Groups

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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 – September 2018

then return it to:

lhvn@mindincamden.org.uk

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

Sep
4
Tue
A Fresh Approach to Understanding Young People who Hear Voices (Level 1) @ Amnesty International UK (Annex Room)
Sep 4 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Q. At least 8% of young people hear voices that other people don’t. If one of them came to you tomorrow and wanted to talk about it – would you know what to say or do?

Q. Would you like to understand more about what it’s like to hear voices or see visions, and learn some essential coping strategies that young people can use to deal with distressing experiences?

This half day workshop presents a fresh approach to voice-hearing. Founded in lived experience and the work of the Voice Collective project, it includes:

  • Exploring what it feels like to hear voices as a young person
  • The impact voice-hearing can have on a young person’s home, school & social life
  • An introduction to the Hearing Voices Network ethos & approach to unusual sensory experiences
  • Ways to open up conversations about voices, helping young people to feel heard
  • Simple youth-friendly coping strategies
This workshop is suitable for:

Anyone working with, or supporting, children or young people, including: parents, youth workers, counsellors, CAMHS, EIP, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, OTs, support workers, GPs, substance mis-use workers, YOTs, helpline staff, teachers, mentors & more.

Please note: This CORE Module is a prerequisite for attending further Voice Collective training. If you have already completed a Voice Collective course, you do not need to attend this course as you will have covered the material already.

Essential information:

This course is open to people who support and/or work with children and young people (in a variety of settings, including the home). If you do not currently support or work with children and young people, we may not be able to accept your booking. Please contact us to find out if we have any spare waiting list places available.
As our courses are often oversubscribed, please book your place only if you are confident you are able to attend for the full three hours.
If you are unable to make the course, please cancel your place as early as possible to avoid spaces going to waste, by emailing info@voicecollective.co.uk.

Oct
9
Tue
Supporting Young Offenders who Hear Voices or See Visions @ Amnesty International UK (Annex Room)
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Q: If a young offender told you that they were hearing voices or seeing visions, and they wanted to talk with you about it, would you know what to say or do?

Q: Would you like to learn how to open up conversations with young offenders who hear voices or see visions, and learn practical coping strategies to help those in distress?

According to the MoJ, 25% of women and 15% of men in prison hear voices, see visions, or have other unusual sensory experiences. Among young offenders, this figure is likely to be much higher.
Whilst some young offenders find their voices or visions comforting or reassuring, especially if they have experienced abuse, trauma or adversity, others can find them overwhelming or distressing. Such distress can lead young offenders to self-harm, use alcohol/drugs or isolate themselves, however, with support they can and do recover.

About this workshop:

This innovative 1-day workshop is brought to you by Voice Collective at Mind in Camden. Founded in lived experience, and the work of our prisons and detention projects, this workshop will present a fresh approach to voice hearing. Provding an introduction to the Hearing Voices Network ethos and approach to voice hearing, it will equip participants with increased understanding, skills and confidence to open up conversations with young offenders about their experiences, and provide support to those in distress.

Subjects include:
  • What it feels like to hear voices as a young person aged 13-20 in a Secure Children’s Home, Secure Training Centre or Young Offender Institution
  • The impact this can have on a young person in a SCH/STC/YOI, and after they have left
  • Different ways of opening up conversations with young offenders about voices, helping them to feel heard & supported
  • Simple and effective coping strategies suitable for use in secure settings
  • Positive stories of recovery and resilience

This course is suitable for anyone working with young people aged 13-20 in SCHs/STCs/YOIs, or with young offenders after release. It is suitable for professionals at all levels of experience, and we can accept workers from the voluntary as well as statutory sector.

Essential information:

This course is open to professionals who support and/or work with young offenders aged 13-20. If you do not currently support or work with young offenders, we may not be able to accept your booking. Please contact us to find out if we have any spare waiting list places available.
As our courses are often oversubscribed, please book your place only if you are confident you are able to attend for the full day.
If you are unable to make the course, please cancel your place as early as possible to avoid spaces going to waste by emailing info@voicecollective.co.uk.

Oct
23
Tue
Supporting Children & Young People who Hear Voices (Level 2) @ Amnesty International UK (Conference Room)
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Whilst around 8% of children and young people hear or see things around them that other people can’t, only a third of these are distressed by them and seek support. Even those with very distressing experiences can learn ways of understanding and dealing with them.

This highly interactive course will explore ways of supporting children and young people to make sense of, and manage, difficult and distressing sensory experiences.
The course includes group discussion, practical activity and role play, and offers participants the opportunity to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the experience of voices, visions and other unusual sensory experiences
  • Consider the impact of different explanatory models on a young person, their family & supporters (including psychological, biomedical and spiritual explanations)
  • Explore the link between voices, visions, emotions and difficult life experiences
  • Build upon a toolkit of strategies to support young people distressed by voices/visions/other sensory experiences
  • Hear positive examples of resilience and recovery
Who is this course for?

This course is open to anyone supporting children/young people who hear voices or have other unusual sensory experiences: e.g. psychologists, nurses, OTs, therapists, counsellors, SENCOs, parents/carers etc. It is open to young people (aged 16+) with lived experience.
The course is aimed at those who are already familiar with the Voice Collective ethos and approach: e.g. those who have completed our ‘Level 1’ half day training course, or who have attended an in-house training session/presentation. If you are unfamiliar with our approach, you will be asked to complete a short online study session in advance of the training.
If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact Lucy on info@voicecollective.co.uk to discuss.

Essential information:

This course is open to people who support and/or work with children and young people (in a variety of settings, including the home). If you do not currently support or work with children and young people, we may not be able to accept your booking. Please contact us to find out if we have any spare waiting list places available.
As our courses are often oversubscribed, please book your place only if you are confident you are able to attend for the full day.
If you are unable to make the course, please cancel your place as early as possible to avoid spaces going to waste, by emailing info@voicecollective.co.uk.

Nov
29
Thu
Paranoia & Beliefs 3-day Group Facilitation Training @ Conway Hall (Brockway Rm)
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – Dec 4 @ 4:30 pm

THIS IS A THREE-DAY COURSE:

Thursday 29th, Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th December 2018

If you are interested in applying, please download the application form here:app form Paranoia & Beliefs Training – December 2018

Then return the completed form to jwetherell@mindincamden.org.uk


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

  • 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?

 

About the course

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

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

Dec
4
Tue
Advanced Working with Voices (Level 3) @ Amnesty International UK (Conference Room)
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Those of us who support children and young people who hear distressing or difficult voices are constantly developing, finding new ways to approach voice-hearing with young people and support them towards their self-defined recovery.
Each young person and family is unique – one size does not fit all.

About This Workshop:

This workshop builds upon the principles explored in our ‘Supporting Children & Young People who Hear Voices’ training, and our ‘Voice Collective Group Facilitation Training’.
Using examples drawn from attendee’s prior experience of working with young voice-hearers, the workshop explores the following topics:

  • Developing trust and therapeutic relationships with young people who may not trust easily
  • Understanding ‘taboo voices’ (voices that talk about things the young person – and society – find very difficult, including violence & sexuality)
  • Finding safe ways of talking about voices and visions with young people in distress
  • Working with different, and often conflicting, perspectives on a young person’s experiences
  • Working with alternative belief systems (e.g. cultural or spiritual perspectives)
  • Using creativity to support conversations
  • Applying this learning within the workplace

We keep class sizes small to maximise the opportunity for discussion & reflection.
We require applicants to have attended either our ‘Supporting Children and Young People who Hear Voices’ training course, or our ‘Voice Collective Group Facilitation’ training course.

Fees:

This is a FREE training course for anyone working with children or young people who hear voices, see visions, or have other sensory experiences.

Important Information:

This course is open to those who support children and young people (in a variety of settings) and who have attended a previous 1-day our 3-day training with us (listed above).
Please only book a place if you are confident that you can attend the course. If you can no longer attend the training, please inform us in writing on info@voicecollective.co.uk, and your place will be offered to someone on our waiting list.
Please complete as much of the booking form as you are able to. This information is helpful to us, and is kept confidential within the service.
Certificates of attendance will be given upon request after the training

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