I have over 15 years of experience working with people who struggle with distressing voices or visions, including 7 years as manager of the London Hearing Voices & Distressing Beliefs Projects and Open Dialogue informed initiatives. I have specialist experience in supporting children and young people who hear voices, working with families and facilitating peer support groups for people in prison who hear voices. I am an experienced mental health trainer, media spokesperson and writer. I have an MSc by Research in Psychology and am currently undertaking a PhD in Survivor Knowledge at Nottingham Trent University. I am a trustee of two national UK charities, on the executive board of an international charity, a voice-hearer and use the principles of the Hearing Voices Movement to inform my work.
If you would like to know more about the services I currently offer, see: My Services.
Open Dialogue Trainee Practitioner (2015 onwards)
I have completed the first full three year Open Dialogue training course in the UK (2015-17) and have worked within the Open Dialogue UK clinic (that provides the Open Dialogue approach for a sliding scale fee) and KMPT’s new Peer Supported Open Dialogue Team (an exciting initiative within the NHS that uses an Open Dialogue approach to people at first point of access. I am part on an international training collaborative (Dialogue (R)Evolution) that offers training in dialogical approaches to mental health and social care. This has included co-developing and co-delivering Open Dialogue introductory and foundation trainings in the NHS in Wales and across sectors within Israel.
Independent Trainer & Consultant (2002 onwards)
I am an experienced independent mental health trainer and consultant, specialising in innovative ways of supporting people who struggle with extreme states (including ‘psychosis’, ‘dissociation’ and complex post-traumatic reactions). I also facilitate reflective practice spaces and offer supervision (with a focus on the use of lived experience within mental health work and the creation of dialogic spaces).
I am an HPL at London South Bank University’s MSc in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health (on the ‘Expert By Experience’ and ‘Psychosocial Interventions’ modules).
I have guest lectured at the following universities: University of Liverpool (Empowerment and Recovery); University College London (Dissociation, ‘recovery’ and communicating with voices); Canterbury Christ Church University (‘Living with Voices’, ‘Finding a balanced approach to psychiatric medication’).
Recent clients have included: Victim Support, Lincolnshire Foundation Mental Health Trust (NHS), Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing, Richmond Fellowship of Western Australia, Slotsvænget (Denmark), Anna Freud Centre, Montgomery County Dept. of Behavioural Health (USA) and Barnsley Metropolitan Council.
I am a current member of a number of committees, including: International Research Committee on Hearing Voices; International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS); English National Voices Network (as Chair), ISPS UK – International Society for Psychological & Social Approaches to Psychosis (as Vice Chair).
In 2017-18 I was the Chair of Intervoice (a charity which supports the International Hearing Voices Movement).
In 2012-13 I was a member of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guideline Development Group for the Psychosis and Schizophrenia Clinical Guidelines.
London Hearing Voices & Distressing Beliefs Projects Manager, Mind in Camden (2007 – 2015)
As Project Manager, I designed, fundraised for, implemented & evaluated a number of London-wide projects supporting people who hear voices or see visions. This includes:
- London Hearing Voices Project, developing a network of 42 Hearing Voices Groups across Greater London.
- Voice Collective, an award-winning project supporting children and young people who hear voices as well as providing training and mentoring for parents, clinicians, educators and youth workers.
- London Hearing Voices Prisons Project, establishing a network of peer support groups for people in prisons and secure forensic units who hear voices.
- London Paranoia & Distressing Beliefs Project, developing a network of peer support groups in partnership with statutory and non-profit agencies in Greater London.
I line managed a team of staff & volunteers, was responsible for budgets and risk management, liaising with external agencies, and was a member of the Management Team.
Within each project, I undertook direct work (e.g. individual support of young people/families, peer support group facilitation in prisons) as well as capacity building work (mentoring/training clinicians, facilitating reflective practice groups, in-house team development and wider training). I had an honorary contract with South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) and was vetted with the Ministry of Justice to work in prisons.
Read, J., Morrison, T. & Waddingham, R. (2020). Traumas, Adversities, and Psychosis: Investigating Practical Implications in Psychiatric Times, 37 (7), 48-51
Waddingham, R. (2020). COVID-19: how can we support each other (and ourselves)? in Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches, 12(2), 101-105.
Waddingham, R. (2018). A Step in the Right Direction or a Missed Opportunity? in CBT for Psychosis: Process-Orientated Therapies and the Third Wave. Oxon: Routledge, 135-149.
Waddingham, R. (2017). Bad Me? Learning from, and living with, toxicity. Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches, 9(2), 1-4.
Waddingham, R. (2016). Researching Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Psychosis: Are We Ready Yet? British Journal of Psychotherapy, 32: 274–278.
Waddingham, R. (2015). Whose voice are we hearing, really? European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, 17(2)/ [download]
Corstens, D., Longden, E., McCarthy-Jones, S., Waddingham, R., & Thomas, N. (2014). Emerging perspectives from the Hearing Voices Movement: Implications for research and practice. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40 (Suppl 4), S285-S294. [download]
Kapur, P., Hayes, D., Waddingham, R., Hillman, S., Deighton, J. & Midgley, N. (2014). The experience of engaging with mental health services among young people who hear voices and their families: a mixed methods exploratory study, BMC Health Services Research, 14:527 [download]
Waddingham, R., Escher, S., & Dodgson, G. (2013). Inner speech and narrative development in children and young people who hear voices; three perspectives on a developmental phenomenon. Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches, 5(3), 226-235.
Waddingham, R., (2013). Voice Collective: You Are Not Alone. in Escher, S., & Romme, M., (2013) Young people hearing voices: What you need to know and what you can do. Ross-on-Wye:PCCS Books. Part 1, Ch.1.
Waddingham, R., (2013). Voice Collective: Learning from parents who’ve been there. in Escher, S., & Romme, M., (2013) Young people hearing voices: What you need to know and what you can do. Ross-on-Wye:PCCS Books. Part 2, Ch.9.
I am a ‘foreign correspondent’ for Mad in America (www.madinamerica.com). My articles include:
- Breaking The Silence – Supporting Young People who Hear Voices in the US
- Me & The Meds: The Story of a Dysfunctional Relationship
- Symptom or Experience: Does Language Matter?
To see the full list of articles, please see: http://www.madinamerica.com/author/rwaddingham/