Training & Events Calendar

Jan
18
Thu
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.”

FEES

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.

 

Jan
22
Mon
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
Feb
28
Wed
Activism, Burnout & Self-care @ Mayday Rooms
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

ACTIVISM, BURN OUT & SELF-CARE

10.00am – 4.00pm Wednesday 28th February

trainer: Akiko Hart

Someone who attended one of our other recent trainings gave this feedback:-

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.

 

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Many of us work to change or influence something in the world. It might be to increase awareness around a specific issue, advocate for a new policy, or improve the way existing services are run. It might be that we influence, fight, shape or create in order to help build a world closer in line with our values.

But life as an activist brings its own challenges. The hope and optimism which we need to fuel our work, can sometimes dwindle into overwhelm, powerlessness and exhaustion.

In this training we will explore why we are activists. Why we choose to help someone or change something. We’ll also look at some coping strategies for when faced with daily and systemic challenges, and put in place the core principles of peer support so that 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 and recognizing burnout
• Passion, compassion & self-care

 

Fees:

£10     Unwaged

£50     Waged

 

Small Print:

  • The full fee will be chargeable if you cancel less than 7 days before the event.
  • We can sometimes negotiate a lower fee for individuals paying out of their own funds

 

You can pay using the following methods: 

  • If you or your organisation cannot pay online, please contact John to book your place and request an invoice, call 020 7241 8978  or email jwetherell@mindincamden.org.uk
  • Cheques payable to ‘Mind in Camden’. Please send to John Wetherell, Mind in Camden, Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Rd, NW1 9LQ (please mark clearly what it is for).

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

Mar
16
Fri
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

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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

  • £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:

lhvn@mindincamden.org.uk

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

Mar
28
Wed
Advanced Group Facilitation Skills: Hearing Voices / Paranoia & Beliefs @ Conway Hall (Brockway Rm)
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

ADVANCED FACILITATION SKILLS 

for HEARING VOICES GROUPS and PARANOIA & BELIEFS GROUPS

trainer: Akiko Hart

10.00am – 4.30pm Wednesday 28th March

 

A requirement for this course is that you must have either:  

  • experienced facilitating a Hearing Voices Group and/or Paranoia & Beliefs Group

or

  • attended Hearing Voices Group and/or Paranoia & Beliefs Group Facilitation training

 

About the course 

Hearing Voices Groups and Paranoia & Beliefs Groups are safe spaces for people who hear voices, see visions or hold unusual beliefs to meet with one another in an atmosphere of mutual support and respect. They are not therapy or treatment, but provide people with the opportunity to explore their experiences, make sense of them and find ways of living with them. All groups are based on the ethos of the Hearing Voices Network which promotes an open and accepting atmosphere where all interpretations and experiences are valid.

Simple as this ethos sounds, developing groups that are able truly to respect the full diversity of experience and beliefs can be a challenge. This workshop provides an opportunities for people who have experience of facilitating Hearing Voices Groups to explore some of the key challenges for facilitators and reflect on their own role within the group.

Topics covered include:

  • Creating, and nurturing, a diverse and open space
  • Thinking about our own style as facilitators and how much we input into conversations
  • Using our own lived experience wisely
  • Working with hopelessness and disempowerment
  • Recognising, and dealing with, the instinct to ‘fix’ or ‘intervene’
  • Navigating difficult conversations about unusual beliefs or troubling experiences
  • Making space for members to take ownership of the group
  • Thinking about how Hearing Voices Groups relate to wider communities, organisations and the world
  • Sharing, reflecting on and problem-solving real world challenges
  • Transforming challenges into opportunities for growth
  • Safeguarding the future of Hearing Voices Groups (finances, resources and values)

 

Fees:

£10     Unwaged

£90     Voluntary organisations and unfunded individuals

£120   Statutory & commercial organisations (including NHS, Council & Private)

 

Small Print:

  • The full fee will be chargeable if you cancel less than 7 days before the event.
  • We can sometimes negotiate a lower fee for individuals paying out of their own funds

 

You can pay using the following methods: 

  • If you or your organisation cannot pay online, please contact John to book your place and request an invoice, call 020 7241 8978  or email jwetherell@mindincamden.org.uk
  • Cheques payable to ‘Mind in Camden’. Please send to John Wetherell, Mind in Camden, Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Rd, NW1 9LQ (please mark clearly what it is for).

 

 

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

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 healthymindscp@mindincamden.org.uk

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