Guides, articles and presentations

 .Guides and Information leaflets on coping and understanding the voice hearing experience

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Complete this comprehensive questionnaire for people who hear voices, it may help you understand your experience better
This questionnaire was originally designed as a research tool to elicit information from people who hear voices. It has proved to be extremely useful in getting a much fuller picture of the shared experiences of voice hearers and the results have subsequently been used to develop a range of coping strategies that can help voice hearers to come to terms with their experience.
Read it here: Maastricht Interview for voice hearers

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Strategies for Coping with Voices Distressing : A comprehensive guide reproduced by kind permission of Hearing Voices Australia. Read it here: HVNA_Coping_Strategies_poster

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A practical guide to coping with hearing voices This guide has been written by the Hearing Voices Movement as an introduction to this different way of thinking about “hearing voices”. Read it here:  The Voice Inside

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Information about Children and Young People who Hear Voices for Parents and Carers by Sandra Esher.
Dr. Sandra Escher is from the Netherlands, she is an expert on the issue of children who hear voices and has spent the last fifteen years talking to children who hear voices and to their parents and carers. Sandra has carried out the most detailed and thorough research into the phenomenon in the world to date. In this article she offers a new perspective on what the voices may represent and how you can help your child cope if they are hearing voices. Read it here:  Children who hear voices

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Coping Strategies for Hearing Voices from New Zealand Hearing Voices Network: Things that help people to cope, things that don’t and techniques you can try from New Zealand.

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Hojas INTERVOICE: Red Internacional para la Formación, Educación e Investigación sobre la Escucha de Voces todo el mundo para propagar mensajes positivos y esperanzadores sobre la experiencia de escucha de voces. Trabajamos en Ipara favorecer la recuperación, la aceptación y la educación sobre la escucha de voces INTERVOICE es el organismo coordinador del movimiento internacional de escucha de voces que trabaja.

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Voice Collective, London – Information Sheet for young people about peer support groups: Mind in Camden’s Voice Collective is a project that is developing peer support groups for young people (aged 12-18) who hear, see or experience things that other people don’t. This sheet should give you a good idea of what the groups are about and whether they might be for you (or someone you care about).

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Articles

1st World Hearing Voices Congress: Speakers and Presents Abstracts and Profiles: Descriptions of the speeches, presentations and workshops plus profiles of the presenters particiapting at the 1st World Hearing Voices Congress held in Maastricht, Netherlands in 2009.

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Are hearing voices groups effective? A preliminary evaluation: (2006) This study sought to examine the effectiveness of a hearing voices group . The present study found that after attending the hearing voices group, members’ hospital bed use decreased and there was a trend for less formal admissions. Two people reduced or discontinued their medication.People used far more coping strategies and were able to talk to far more people about their voices after attending the group. Learning coping strategies was something people valued about the group and one of the common topics was to explore and experiment with different coping strategies.

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Lessons on voices from St John of the Cross: One way to get a sense of what properties of voices and visions the biological/medical model causes us to overlook is to head back in time to a different time, culture, and context, which didn’t have a predominantly medical view of such experiences. One such account is given by the16th century Spanish theologian St. John of the Cross.

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Kru Khmer in Cambodia -tradional healers and hearing voices: In Cambodia it is currently documented that there are 113 different types of traditional healers. This research considered similarities between the experiences of Kru Khmer and the experiences of individuals in the west who have auditory hallucinations and who have been given the diagnosis of psychosis or schizophrenia. The researcher conducted interviews with clients who attended the psychiatric clinic in Phnom Penh. The interview used with the clients at the psychiatric clinic was designed by Professor Romme and Sandra Escher who are pioneers of alternative ways of working with people who hear voices.

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