The Hearing Voices Movement: Beyond Critiquing the Status Quo

Jacqui Dillon is chair of the Hearing Voices Network in the UK, teacher, advocate, voice hearer, and a survivor of childhood abuse and the psychiatric system.

She is an inspirational speaker and a great friend.

This is her first post on the Mad in America web site.

She also sent this email update, which outlines some of her plans for this year:

I am feeling very optimistic about positive changes in mental health in 2013. My 2012 ended with a bang with a talk at Critical Perspectives and Creative Responses to Experiences of Trauma and Distress Conference at University College Cork, Ireland. Here is a link to my presentation which was filmed:http://panopto.ucc.ie/Panopto/Pages/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=45a4bb2c-6001-4a66-b5f1-bdec5e120f0e.

I also gave talks at the Institute of Psychiatry about the work of the Hearing Voices Movement which was very well received and at the Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference at University of Oxford with Professor Mary Boyle, Eleanor Longden and Dr Lucy Johnstone on Beyond DSM: What are the Alternatives. This work part of an on-going collaboration.

I also have a number of upcoming events. I will be delivering training on Hearing Voices Group Facilitation & Network Development at Durham University in February. This training is free and supported by:http://hearingthevoice.org/ Applications close this Friday, 18th February 2013.

I will also be speaking at conferences in Nottingham,LondonSweden and Dundee. Due to high demand, Eleanor Longden and I will running our training course, Abuse, Trauma & Dissociation: Understanding & Working Towards Recovery, in London. We regularly deliver this highly successful course in-house; if this is something you would like to discuss in more detail, please do get in touch.

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