A Fresh Approach to Living With Voices

HeadphonesResearch suggests that hearing voices is a fairly common human experience that is not, in and of itself, indicative of a mental health problem.

If we know where to look, voice-hearers can be found in the 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 doesnít always help.

This course, run over 8 weeks, offers trainees the opportunity to understand more about the experience of hearing voices, and learn how thinking about voice-hearing as a relational experience can help people find new ways of living their lives. It is based on the principles of the Hearing Voices Movement.

Course Details

Next course start date: 1 October 2016

Each online course consists of 4 x 2 week modules featuring online access to a learning video (60-90 mins), an interactive discussion area and video Q&A. Each week, new content is posted and you will have the opportunity to watch and learn at your own leisure. On completion of the course, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion. Find out more about online training here.

How to book: Just fill in your details at the bottom of this page.

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Full: £65
This rate is for people who are having their place paid for by the NHS, statutory or commercial organisations.

Reduced: £40
This rate is for people who are paying for their place themselves or are having their place paid for by a voluntary sector or charitable organisation.

Concessions: £15
This rate is for those who are unable to afford the reduced rate (for example, because they are on a low waged, unwaged or from a country where the other fees are exclusionary). If you want to attend the training but really cannot afford the concessions rate, please let me know. It is important to me that everyone who wants to take part has the chance to, and financial issues can be a real barrier to participation.


1. Hearing Voices: an introduction

This module lays the groundwork for the rest of the course. It covers questions such as: What is it like to ‘hear voices’; How common is it?; What about other sensory experiences?; Why might people hear voices?; How might they relate to people’s life experiences?; Does talking about voices make them worse?; What can help people deal with difficult voices?

2. Hearing Voices: a relational approach

This module explores how viewing voices as a relational experience might help give us new ways of understanding and navigating difficult or distressing voice-hearing experiences. It uses the trainer’s own experience of voice-hearing and the different ways she has understood this over time.

3. Finding Ways of Coping with Difficult Voices

Finding a new way of being in a relationship with voices is hard if a person feels overwhelmed, disempowered, confused or afraid. This module explores how people can find creative ways of dealing with voices they find difficult to hear. It introduces a toolbox of ideas, and explores the ways of exploring coping strategies respectfully with someone who feels like it is impossible.

4. Changing our Relationship with Voices

Living with voices suggests that, if someone hears voices they have some form of relationship with that voice. The relationship can be antagonistic, distant, collaborative, warm, oppressive, mixed – or anywhere in between. This modules explores the way in which we all have some experience of relationship-change – and how this can help us explore how people might begin to change their relationship with the voices they hear.

This course is suitable for:

Anyone interested in this topic, including: people who hear voices; family members; carers; mental health workers; students; voluntary sector; social care workers; substance misuse workers; educational professionals; GPs and more.

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