Understanding & Supporting Young People with Paranoia or Unusual Beliefs

October 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (Annex Room)
17-25 New Inn Yard
London EC2A 3EA
020 7911 0822

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 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.
  • We cannot accept group bookings – each attendee must register themselves and provide their contact details in case of emergencies.
  • 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.

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