Talking with Young People about the Voices they Hear

November 1, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway
University Rd
Siobhan Smyth
+353-91-49 2832

Research suggests that 23% of CAMHS clients hear voices (Kelleher et al, 2013) – far more than we hear about in everyday practice. Fear, stigma and difficulty articulating the experience can stop young people opening up and getting valuable support.

This workshop explores:

  • some of the barriers to disclosure, and how these can be overcome
  • facilitating safe and helpful conversations
  • helping parents and carers navigate conversations around voices
  • strategies to facilitate communication that can be used individually, in groups and at different stages of intervention (including schools, CAMHS and inpatient units).

This workshops is one of a series of youth workshops funded by Nursing and Midwifery Planning Development Unit, Health Services Executive – North. It is organised by the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUIG.

Attendance at this course, or one of the other two provided in the same week, provides eligability to attend a subsequent 2 day peer support group for young people facilitation training course.


These workshops are open to anyone with an interest in supporting vulnerable young peopel, including: nurses, OTs, social workers, psychiatrists, peer support workers, youth workers, counsellors, therapists, mentors, CAMHS/EIS, substance mis-use workers and people from the voluntary sector. Applications from nurses are prioritised.

Apply by completing the following form and returning to Siobhan Smyth at NUIG.

Download: 2017 Galway Youth Workshops Flyer and Application Form

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