Event Calendar

Sep
2
Mon
Advanced Working with Voices (Level 3) @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (Annex Room)
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Advanced Working with Voices (Level 3) @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (Annex Room)

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 have attended a previous 1-day our 3-day training with us (listed above).
  • 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.
Sep
25
Wed
Supporting Young People who Hear Voices & Self Harm @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (Annex Room)
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Supporting Young People who Hear Voices & Self Harm @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (Annex Room)

About the course:

Whilst awareness of the prevalence of self harm has grown in recent years, it remains a challenging area for youth workers and clinicians. When self harm is linked to voice-hearing (either as a response to the voices or as an expression of underlying distress) – this challenge can be amplified.

This training will demystify the relationship between voices and self harm, and provide space to explore:

  • Self-harm and voice-hearing from the perspective of a young person
  • The potential functions of self harm and how this can be related to voice-hearing
  • The relationship between self harm, voice hearing, emotions & traumatic life events
  • Ways of safely opening up conversations around self-harm and voice-hearing
  • Coping strategies to reduce distress and promote empowerment

This workshop is suitable for:

Anyone working with, or supporting, children or young people who hear voices and self-harm, including: parents, youth workers, counsellors, CAMHS, EIP teams, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, OTs, support workers, GPs, substance misuse workers, YOTs, helpline staff, teachers, mentors & more.

Young people (16+) with lived experience of voices, visions, other sensory experiences or self-harm.

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 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.
Oct
14
Mon
Advanced Working with Voices (Level 3) @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (Annex Room)
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Advanced Working with Voices (Level 3) @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (Annex Room)

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 have attended a previous 1-day our 3-day training with us (listed above).
  • 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.
Oct
21
Mon
Understanding & Supporting Young People with Paranoia or Unusual Beliefs @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (Annex Room)
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Understanding & Supporting Young People with Paranoia or Unusual Beliefs @ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (Annex Room)

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.