Hearing Voices approach training in Australia

Happy new year to all!

Trevor Eyles has offered to come to Australia in February to run his widely respected training workshops on the Hearing Voices approach.

Trevor is originally from the UK and trained as Mental Health nurse, but has been living in Aarhus, Denmark for the past 25 years. He has trained extensively in the use of the Maastricht Interview for Voice Hearers and in Voice Dialogue, as well as Open Dialogue, and seven years ago was appointed Hearing Voices Consultant for the Aarhus district.

In that role he has been running training programmes for clinicians and support workers in Aarhus, across Denmark and throughout Europe, as well as being a Board member of the Danish Hearing Voices Network and an invited keynote speaker at a number of international conferences.

He is now offering a series of workshops in Australia – with series confirmed for Brisbane and Melbourne in the last two weeks of February, with possible additional workshops later in Sydney, regional NSW and Perth.

There are one-day and three-day workshops offered. All are experiential – with participants registering in pairs – a voice hearer and a clinician or support worker, who will together be led through the stages of the approach in a safe, supervised setting where the process can be explored and learned ‘from the inside’, which allows for genuine understanding of the voice hearing experience for both.

The outcomes include an improved relationship with the voices for the voice hearer and the development of the skills needed to systematically take this approach into their work for the clinicians and support workers.

The one-day workshops focus more on the leadership of hearing voices groups, and the three-day workshops on the use of this approach in individual work.

Please find the current flyers attached, and visit psychosislinks.net/workshops for more details and to register.

Best Wishes
Philip BenjaminMHN BEd MMind&Soc

(+61) 0418 887 007

(+44) 0748 270 0287
"Dreaming is free", Blondie, 1979

Brisbane flyer – Trevor 2016.pdf

Melbourne flyer – Trevor 2016.pdf

Web links of interest

List members who haven’t seen it will be interested to watch a recording of a presentation by Chris Gordon, a psychiatrist from Advocates, in Framingham, Massachusetts, and the service manager Brenda Miele Soares there, who have been implementing Open dialogue in dedicated crisis service and recovery services over the past five years: http://nswmentalhealthcommission.com.au/news/our-news/forum-on-open-dialogue-crisis-care

And here is a post from a Sydney GP highly crititical about the Hearing Voices approach to voices for a number of reasons, mainly to do with skepticism about the value of neuroleptic medication as the mainstay in treatment for psychosis by supporters of the HV approach. Some may want to respond the these criticisms, perhaps with anecdotal reports of the value of the HV approach… http://www.healthed.com.au/hearing-voices-network/

Readers of the ISPS journal Psychosis will have seen the current paper by Jones & Lehrmanm which explores the differential contents and phenomenology of experiences seem to be too often lumped together as "auditory hallucinations". This type of work seems so much more valuable than the opinion expressed in the healthed.com.au site above. The abstract for the Jones & Lerhmann paper is available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17522439.2015.1100670

APRHA registered heath practitioners can register and access this article on the Medical Observer web site – 7 messages for GPs from mental health patients. These are hardly surprising, but the comments from GPs relate to the time it would take to respond to these…

1. The prescription pad should not be reached for too quickly. Non-pharmacological options such as counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy and exercise should be offered first.
2. Side effects must be part of up-front discussions about treatment options.
3. The potential for sexual side effects should be discussed openly and honestly to help alleviate unnecessary shame.
4. Better understanding is needed if a patient decides to go off their medication.
5. Every general practice should have a practice nurse who has experience in mental health.
6. Patients should not be made to feel like a failure if their condition d oes not improve.
7. GPs should have regular conversations with patients about how their medication is going and whether there is the possibility of safely reducing or ceasing the medication.

These are links to the NIMH web site of interest, the first two referring the RAISE project discussed here recently, with more modern views about psychosis, but unfortunately (as in many large organisations) the older messages, as in the last link, remain – no wonder clinicians families and otrhers are confused and complain about missed messages…

Best Wishes
Philip BenjaminMHN BEd MMind&Soc

(+61) 0418 887 007

(+44) 0748 270 0287
"Dreaming is free", Blondie, 1979

Global map of Hearing Voices Groups and Networks

The Hearing Voices movement global map

There are 35 national networks, over 400 regional, and local hearing voices networks, groups, research & training centres which can be found on this map, They are indicated by different coloured pins. The pin legend and colour codes are list below the map, where you can find addresses and contact details.

The map has been updated in October 2015 at the time of the Seventh International Hearing Voices Congress, with over 700 delegates in Madrid, Spain. Reviews of the conference are available here http://entrevoces.org/en_GB/.

The 8th Congress will be in Paris in October 2016 – visit intervoiceonline.org for more details as they are released.

Another very useful resource to explain more modern view of the Voice Hearing experience is from a Dutch advocacy group, which can be read on line or downloaded and printed http://www.psychosegevoelig.nl/psychosis/index.html.

There is also a detailed explanation in English about the Anoiksis Dutch service users group and their proposal to replace the inaccurate and stigmatising term "schizophrenia" with the term "psychosis susceptibility syndrome". some of their web site is in English http://www.anoiksis.nl/content/schizophrenia-or-chronic-psychosis-association-anoiksis

HV Training Workshops

Finally, some on the list will recall Trevor Eyles visiting Perth for the International Conference on Recovery from Psychosis (2008). Trevor is an English mental health nurse, who has lived in Denmark for the last 25 years, and for the last 15 has been practicing in the Hearing Voices approach, with widely recognised expertise in the Maastricht Interview for Voice Hearers, and in Voice Dialogue. A recording of his Perth presentation is here https://vimeo.com/66526252.

Trevor will be in Australia from 13 Feb to 8 March 2016 and has asked me if we can organise a series of workshops and public lectures.

Trevor has a well established training programme he has delivered in many places across Denmark and in Europe in the last seven years, since his appointment as the Hearing Voices Consultant for the Aarhus district in Denmark. In this video he outlines some of his work and describes the workshops in part https://youtu.be/6d03SYh9fiE.

Those list members who have met Elisabeth Svanholmer, on her visit to Australia to teach with

Rufus May in April, will appreciate that Trevor’s work with her in groups and individually were important elements in her recovery, and they still work together in the Danish Hearing Voices Network.

Please see the attached information, and please email psychosislinks if you would like to host a workshop or lecture by Trevor while he is here.

Best Wishes
Philip BenjaminMHN BEd MMind&Soc

(+61) 0418 887 007

(+44) 0748 270 0287
"Dreaming is free", Blondie, 1979

Draft flyer – Trevor 2016.pdf

Draft flyer – Trevor 2016.pdf

Successful and Schizophrenic – NYTimes.com

Important article by Ellen Saks, Professor of Law and Psychiatry, about her experiences of psychosis http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/opinion/sunday/schizophrenic-not-stupid.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0&referer=http://m.facebook.com/

In a Pharmaco-Centric Era, Mental Health Nursing is More Important Than Ever – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

“There is no singular and uncontested psychiatric view of anything, but it is clear that a naive biomedical pharmaco-centric orthodoxy prevails at the present time.” Brilliant, Richard – many thanks

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