Event Calendar

May
29
Tue
Supporting Children & Young People who Hear Voices (Level 2) @ Amnesty International UK (Annex Room)
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Supporting Children & Young People who Hear Voices (Level 2) @ Amnesty International UK (Annex Room) | England | United Kingdom

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. Whilst this course is FREE to attendees, you will be required to pay a £25 administration fee for non-attendance, unless we receive a cancellation in writing (via email, on info@voicecollective.co.uk) at least 3 working days prior to the event.

If you are unable to make the course, please cancel your place as early as possible to avoid spaces going to waste.

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
Understanding & Supporting Young People with Paranoia or Unusual Beliefs @ Conway Hall (Brockway Room)  | England | United Kingdom
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. Whilst this course is FREE to attendees, you will be required to pay a £25 administration fee for non-attendance, unless we receive a cancellation in writing (via email, on info@voicecollective.co.uk) at least 3 working days prior to the event.

If you are unable to make the course, please cancel your place as early as possible to avoid spaces going to waste.

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

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
A Fresh Approach to Understanding Young People who Hear Voices (Level 1) @ Amnesty International UK (Annex Room) | England | United Kingdom

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

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
Supporting Young Offenders who Hear Voices or See Visions @ Amnesty International UK (Annex Room) | England | United Kingdom

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
Supporting Children & Young People who Hear Voices (Level 2) @ Amnesty International UK (Conference Room) | England | United Kingdom

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.

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