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Making Sense of Voices – Paranoia – Starting Support Groups

on March 11, 2013

Making Sense of: Voices & Paranoia & Starting Support Groups

Two-day skills based workshop delivered by National Paranoia Network

15th & 16th May 2013

Venue: The First Floor Office, Victoria House, Victoria Viaduct, Carlisle(Above Tesco)

Time 10am-4.30pm

Facilitators: Peter Bullimore, Chris Tandy and Kate Crawford

Workshop Content
Day 1

  • History of understanding hearing voices and paranoia beyond a psychiatric perspective
  • The three stages of voice hearing
  • Voice profiling
  • Focussing Techniques
  • Coping Strategies
  • Making sense of paranoia
  • The three stages of paranoia
  • Making sense of ‘Unusual Beliefs’
  • Trauma and paranoia
  • Personal Experience of recovery
  • Deconstructing voices
Day 2

  • What are self-help groups?
  • Why start a group?
  • Getting started
  • Getting into the group
  • Facilitation
  • Developing communication skills
  • Coping with difficult members
  • Keeping going

Workshop Outcomes
Day 1

    • Take a critical and thoughtful     perspective on traditional ways of understanding voice hearing and paranoia.
    • Understand the potential connection between trauma voice hearing and paranoia.
    • Gain a contemporary understanding of paranoia and other alternative beliefs.
    • Construct a collaborative understanding of hearing voices and paranoia with service users in a respectful, ethical and therapeutic manner.
Day 2

  • To gain skills to set up and sustain support groups.
  • To equip staff with the skills and knowledge to understand and support their clients experiences within a group setting
  • To help service users gain a better insight into their experience by attending the support groups, enabling them to continue to get peer support from each other outside of the group.


Making Sense of: Voices, Paranoia & Starting Groups

This workshop is targeted at all mental health workers, criminal justice personnel, third sector agencies and people who experience voices, and paranoia. Costs are £40 (unwaged/student), £50 (part-time), and £80 (waged)

Apply now: Linda Whiting, Workshop Administrator, lindawhiting54@yahoo.co.uk

Tel 07763652490: peterbullimore@yahoo.co.uk Tel 07590837694

Please forward cheques/ invoicing details to National Paranoia Network, Address Limbrick Centre, Limbrick Road, Sheffield S6 2PE or email details to lindawhiting54@yahoo.co.uk


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