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Hi. My name's Rachel (Rai). I hear voices, see visions and have a whole host of unusual experiences that have, at times, overwhelmed me. Once labelled as 'severely & enduringly mentally ill', I am now an independent trainer specialising in innovative ways of supporting people who struggle with extreme states (including ‘psychosis’, ‘dissociation’ and post traumatic reactions).
In modern mental health care concepts of ‘empowerment’ and ‘recovery’ have become buzzwords, littering the pages of policies, reports and service descriptions. Over time these once radical ideas have lost
In modern mental health care concepts of ‘empowerment’ and ‘recovery’ have become buzzwords, littering the pages of policies, reports and service descriptions. Over time these once radical ideas have lost some of their zing and, at worst, become associated with experiences of individualisation, pressure and blame when recovery becomes yet another thing someone can ‘fail’ at. This workshop looks critically at the way empowerment, recovery and similar terms are used within mental health services.
Taking inspiration from civil rights movements, we will explore some of the ways in which services – and the language used – can be disempowering and oppressive for consumers, family members and practitioners who want to support people in their lives. Importantly, we will look at ways we can work together to reclaim our experiences, narrative and lives – creating opportunities for meaningful empowerment and connections.
(Monday) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm AEDT
Centre for Psychiatric Nursingcpn-info [at] unimelb.edu.au
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY TO RECEIVE ALL THE INFORMATION. Please note: this is a READING GROUP (not a talk, lecture or support group) Critical Perspectives on Madness Reading Group invites
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY TO RECEIVE ALL THE INFORMATION. Please note: this is a READING GROUP (not a talk, lecture or support group)
Critical Perspectives on Madness Reading Group invites you to:
INTO THE LIGHT: CREATING A SPACE TO EXPLORE, VALUE AND LEARN FROM OVERWHELMING EXPERIENCES – with UK-based guest author RACHEL (RAI) WADDINGHAM
“I have many sanitised narratives… Each time I tell a part of my story, describe the things I hear or talk about the beliefs that have guided me, I am aware of the people listening and mindful of not being ‘too much’. Even when I share my experiences of taboo and violent voices in workshops, I use carefully crafted excepts that dance on the edge of what I think people can hear. It’s only recently that I’ve begun to explore the impact of the different narratives that I’ve lived by – the medical one as the ‘schizophrenic’, the survivor, the voice-hearer – and be curious about the bits of my experience that resist definition. The bits that feel too powerful, painful or messy to word. The bits that don’t fit neat medical categories, or even step out of sync with the survivor narratives I often hear.
In this discussion, I’m interested in exploring how these experiences can get left behind, and what we might do to create spaces where they can be acknowledged and – perhaps – learnt from. How do we free ourselves from the language of distress that we’ve been indoctrinated into?”
RAI WADDINGHAM combines personal experience of trauma, psychosis and hospitalisation with experience gained through training and practice,including working in the first UK Open Dialogue team. A voice-hearer, Rai’s work is based in the principles of the Hearing Voices Movement. She has created and managed innovative projects supporting children, young people, families, adults and people in prison who hear voices or have unusual beliefs. Rai is an international trainer and spokesperson, promoting ethical and creative responses to people in severe distress. She is a trustee of the English Hearing Voices Network and Vice Chair of ISPS UK. www.behindthelabel.co.uk
1) http://www.behindthelabel.co.uk/does-language-matter/ – Symptom or Experience: Does language matter?
2) Bad Me? Learning from, and living with, toxicity (accessible when booking with trybooking)
3) On The Edge? Working With Taboo & Violent Voices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUFin5AZzX0
Please RSVP by clicking the trybooking link above. RSVP VIA TRYBOOKING is compulsory to secure your spot and receive the texts for this month.
Tickets: $ 5-15 sliding scale. If you’re experiencing financial hardship, please email us on [email protected] , we will find a solution!
If you’re dealing or living with restrictions (e.g. physical, intellectual, sensory or psycho-social differences) or neurodivergencies, have concerns about aspects of the workshop and would like to come, please contact us to discuss ways in which we might assist.
+++This is a READING GROUP, not a talk or lecture. We read and discuss texts together. So please come prepared by reading the papers which will be sent to you upon booking.
+++It is also NOT a support group. While sharing of personal experiences is not discouraged, the focus remains on the text and on intellectual engagement.
++Please read the texts before the meeting if you can and bring copies with you for close reading. If you’d like us to provide extra printed copies for you, let us know via email in advance.
*If you’d like to volunteer to bring snacks, tea and soft drinks, let us know – it’ll make us very happy.
Critical Perspectives Reading Group is offered monthly and facilitated by Natalia and Sarah from Off The Wall Inc. It is for anyone interested in the topic of politics and philosophy of mental distress and difference and the debates around madness. Service users, consumers, survivors of psy-care, people who assist others in professional or non-professional capacities, researchers and other enthusiasts are all welcome to attend.
Find out more about who we are on: www.offthewall.net.au
(Tuesday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
Humanist Society of NSW, Australia
10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale
One of the brightest and most engaging voices for change in the UK mental health system Rachel Waddingham is visiting Melbourne
One of the brightest and most engaging voices for change in the UK mental health system Rachel Waddingham is visiting Melbourne early in February and will be speaking at the VMIAC’s Offices on Feb 14 from 10.00 am to 12.00
Rachel will be speaking about the challenge of staying real to your own lived experience of recovery when sharing your personal stories with others. (see flyer for more info)
This event is free and open to all mental health consumers but please RSVP a place for catering purposes by calling VMIAC reception on 9380 3900 or emailing reception [at] vmiac.org.au
(Thursday) 10:00 am - 12:00 am AEDT
1/22 Aintree Street, Brunswick East
VMIACreception @ vmiac.org.au
Join inside out & associates and Hearing Voices Network NSW for a one-day workshop and learn creative ways of of working with voices with Rai Waddingham! Cost… $185.00 Some subsidies are available (see registration
Join inside out & associates and Hearing Voices Network NSW for a one-day workshop and learn creative ways of of working with voices with Rai Waddingham!
Some subsidies are available (see registration form for application details)
Research suggests that hearing voices is a fairly common human experience that isn’t, in itself, a sign of a mental health problem. If we know where to look, voice-hearers can be found in history books, spiritual traditions and popular culture. However, when someone feels overwhelmed by the power and intensity of the voices they hear, knowing that Gandhi and Lady Gaga heard voices doesn’t always help. Equally, a standard list of coping strategies can leave people feel isolated and hopeless rather than empowered.
Whether people feel unable to speak about the voices they hear, are afraid of sharing the details, feel stuck and talking just doesn’t seem to help or simply want to approach things from a different angle – working creatively together can provide some alternative ways to connect. Whether it’s finding a symbolic language that doesn’t trigger difficult voices, creating a playlist to communicate how it feels to hear the voices or drawing on mythology, film or literature to express experiences that are bigger than words – creativity goes beyond artist talent to thinking outside of the box. These strategies can be useful for those supporting adults, young people and children with their experiences.
This workshop explores: a relational approach to voice-hearing; ways of nurturing your own creativity as a supporter; strategies for exploring different aspects of the voice-hearing experience; strategies for coping with distressing voices, emotions and beliefs; ways of using creativity to improve people’s relationships with their experiences and feel more empowered.
Hearing Voices Network NSW is part of the wider Hearing Voices Network a movement of voice hearers, professionals and carers that operates hundreds of self-help groups all around the world. Together, we are united in our mission to promote recovery and reduce the stigma associated with voice hearing voices. More information at www.voicesnsw.com.au
(Friday) 9:00 am - 4:30 pm AEDT
Croydon Health Centre
24 Liverpool Road, Croydon
inside out & associates australiainfo [at] insideoutconversations.com.au
Whilst it’s being increasingly recognised that hearing voices is a relatively common human experience that is not necessarily linked to distress or illness, this fact may be little comfort to
Whilst it’s being increasingly recognised that hearing voices is a relatively common human experience that is not necessarily linked to distress or illness, this fact may be little comfort to those who are struggling with distressing and overwhelming voices.
Based on the non-pathologising approach of the Hearing Voices Movement, this workshop explores ways in which we can make sense of and relate to even the most difficult of voice-hearing experiences. We will consider the many ways social circumstances, trauma, poverty and adversity can impact on them. We will discover a range of creative strategies to help people explore their experiences, giving full attention to informed consent and ways of keeping such journeys as safe as possible.
Ultimately, we will look for ways to help people feel more empowered with their experiences within their lives.
You can book your ticket at the bottom of this page, or download the course flyer: Hearing Voices Training Flyer
Date: 4th March 2019
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Conference Room @ Dock, Pioneer Park, 75 Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NU
Directions and car parking: www.dockleicester.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Directions-to-Dock.pdf
Full price: £75 (includes NHS, statutory and/or commercial agencies)
Reduced price: £50 (includes those who are self-funding and voluntary sector/charity organisations)
Concessions: £20* (this is a special rate for those unable to afford the reduced fee, intended for those who are self-funding and are unwaged, students and/or on a low wage. We ask that people only choose this if they cannot afford the £50 rate).
*If you are unable to afford £20: I realise that times are challenging. If you would like to attend the training but are unable to afford £20, please get in touch to see if we can make alternative arrangements. This is intended particularly for those on benefits – no-one should have to choose between food and training.
This one day event explores:
Suitable for: nurses, social workers, peer support workers, psychiatrists, voice-hearers, family members, support workers, OTs, counsellors, CAMHS, managers, commissioners, substance misuse workers and anyone interested in the topic …
Having trained as an Open Dialogue Practitioner with Open Dialogue UK in London, and working as a practitioner for a year with the first Open Dialogue team
Having trained as an Open Dialogue Practitioner with Open Dialogue UK in London, and working as a practitioner for a year with the first Open Dialogue team in the UK that combined crisis and community care, I’m keen to encourage Open Dialogue initiatives in Leicestershire – now I’m a local.
To support this, I’m offering a one day workshop to introduce the principles and practice of Open Dialogue at a special price (buy one place get one free). I hope this will help more people access it, bringing more voices to the table.
Because it takes time to develop a new approach in a new area, and lots of planning and networking, the workshop will also take aspects of the approach and consider how they can be used within your existing context/role.
You can book your ticket at the bottom of this page, or download the OD Workshop Flyer.
Title: Understanding the Principles and Practice of ‘Open Dialogue’
Date: 29th July 2018
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Big Shed Conferencing, 93 Commercial Square, Freemens Common, Leicester, LE2 7SR
Full price: £75* (includes NHS, statutory and/or commercial agencies)
Reduced price: £50* (includes those who are self-funding and voluntary sector/charity organisations)
Concessions: £20* (this is a special rate for those unable to afford the reduced fee, intended for those who are self-funding and are unwaged, students and/or on a low wage. We ask that people only choose this if they cannot afford the €70 rate).
To support the implementation of the approaches covered in this course, we are offering a free place for another member of your team and/or family. To be eligible for this offer you must specify the name of the person and their email address at the booking stage. To help ensure that these places are used effectively, unused spaces will be subject to a £25 administration fee.
This one day event explores:
Suitable for: nurses, social workers, peer support workers, psychiatrists, family members, support workers, OTs, counsellors, CAMHS, managers, commissioners, substance misuse workers and anyone interested in improving the way we respond to people who are having mental health and/or social crises …
Open Dialogue combines a way of understanding mental distress, a therapeutic practice and way of organising mental health and social care services. Originating in Western Lapland, and supported by an emerging evidence base that demonstrates exciting recovery outcomes, Open Dialogue is being implemented in a range of settings across the world (including the USA, Denmark, Italy, Australia and Japan).
Whilst the evidence base focuses on ‘first episode psychosis’, Open Dialogue is pan-diagnostic and is a response to all forms of mental health / social crises.
The approach is systemic at heart, working with the person and those who are important in their lives (e.g. family and/or friends). Its commitment to dialogue, valuing different perspectives, transparency and continuity has inspired passionate support from service users, carers, clinicians and managers alike – leading to its implementation in a number of NHS Trusts and gaining funding for a large RCT.
For more information on Open Dialogue in the NHS, see: https://youtu.be/-DkfkuIqVaM.
(Friday) 9:30 am - 4:30 am
Big Shed Conferencing
93 Commercial Square, Freemens Common
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