Training and Development

Hearing Voices Network Cymru has been a partner with IMHCN in running workshops for services and communities in Wales to raise awareness about the hearing voices and the discovery partnership approaches.

Participants at the workshops have told us that they want to use these approaches but need to increase their knowledge and confidence in applying them, especially in working with individuals. This is why we are going to provide specific training and development support on how voice hearers, workers and family members can work together as Discovery Partners.

Our focus will be in providing practical training in one to one work with people who have been using services for some time and need a different approach to move forward in their lives.

If you would like to discuss how we can provide training and development support contact us at [email protected]

Below you can see an example of workshops we have run so far.

One Day Workshops for Mental Health Practitioners, Service Users and Family Members

These workshops provide participants with innovative and complementary ways of working together toward the emancipation of service users with realistic outcomes as the focus.

We promote a Whole Life approach: we focus on younger people who require a different approach to the difficulties they are experiencing in their lives
We embrace and promote co-creation and co-production: the workshops challenge mental health practitioners to adopt ways of working that facilitate person centred approaches and meaningful partnerships with service users and families.

Aims and Purpose of the Workshops
• At these workshops, we learn and put into practice the discovery partnership and hearing voices approaches with young people who are “stuck” in their lives and within services.
• These approaches complement each other well, because they enable service users to self- determine their own whole life needs and solutions through an active partnership with practitioners, their family members and friends.
• The workshop intends to be the beginning of a process to embed these approaches within the service and practices of the Health Trust and local communities.
• The purpose of the workshop is to embed the practice of working with people as partners through the creation of a “Discovery Partner Community” in your local area.

If your organisation or service is committed to developing these kinds of approaches theses workshops would be helpful. We have run these workshops with Health Boards and Public Health Wales over the last twelve months. If you would like to know more contact us at [email protected]

The Discovery Partners Approach
• The approach recognises people have difficulties that are as much to do with their social and economic circumstances, as they are to do with their mental health conditions.
• The approach seeks solutions to these issues by working to improve family relationships, social networks, housing and other social and economic circumstances alongside their mental health condition.
• It facilitates a partnership between service users, their social networks and their mental health practitioners to construct a discovery journey based on the whole life needs and preferences of the person.
• This process is a shared experience; emphasising the importance of having a group of people
with the opportunity to work together to create a discovery partner community. This is an essential part of the approach and addresses issues of togetherness, empowerment and shared responsibility.
• The Discovery Partner journey is co-produced with peers, mental health workers and the persons family and social network.

The Hearing Voices Approach
• The approach frames hearing voices as a meaningful experience for the person that can be beneficially explored by the person and others.
• People who are overwhelmed by their voices can be supported to change their understanding of and their relationship with their voices.
• The approach has proved particularly effective in assisting people to live better with their voices.
• We will focus on one to one to work re. The Maastricht Interview Schedule and Voice Dialoguing. These techniques are co-produced and show that service users greatly benefit from being able to develop their own coping strategies to live successfully with their voices
• We will address the concerns that workers have been expressing in finding more successful ways to support clients who hear voices (or with other extreme experiences) who are not responding well to treatment.
• Services that have embraced this way of thinking and working have found it has led to a considerable increase in the confidence of their workers in working with voice hearers.
• Research shows that this way of working reduces anxiety and isolation, reduces hospital admissions & remissions and most significantly enables voice hearers to move on with their lives.

➢ Understand and take forward the Discovery Partner and Discovery Community Approach
➢ Be competent in developing co-produced services and practices
➢ Be able to construct and understand the persons whole life story
➢ Be competent in constructing an individual discovery journey
➢ Understand and take forward the hearing voices approach
➢ Be competent in working with voice hearers within their explanatory frameworks and beliefs
➢ Be able to complete the Maastricht Interview Schedule and create a report
➢ An understanding of voice dialoguing
➢ Workshop participants will be able to begin the process of developing these
approaches in their workplaces and lives

Facilitated by John Jenkins and Paul Baker from the International Mental Health Collaborating Network (IMHCN).

John Jenkins is the CEO of International Mental Health Collaborating Network. He developed the Discovery Partnership approach and Action Learning Sets. John has vast experience of planning and implementing the transformation of services.
Paul Baker is Secretary of IMHCN. He has extensive experience in this area. Paul was one of the founding members of the Hearing Voices Network in England and is currently the social media coordinator of INTERVOICE, the influential coordinating body for the international hearing voices movement.

For further information, contact: Paul Baker at [email protected]

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