A set of useful approaches for handling voices
This diary is a useful way of documenting the experiences of hearing voices
a set of useful tactics for dealing with visions
a useful worksheet for breaking down the experience of hearing voices into more manageable categories.
a helpful worksheet for tracking the activating events, beliefs and thoughts, and consequences of experiencing voices
a useful worksheet for tracking the activating events, beliefs and thoughts, and consequences of experiencing voices. An example of how to fill the worksheet out is included.
A worksheet to help facilitate identifying beliefs about hearing voices
Perth Voices Clinic offers different evidence-based psychological treatments for voice hearers which run in the format of Individual Therapy & Group Therapy. Here you can learn about each of the approaches including a new evidence-based trauma therapy called Imagery Rescripting.
A charity in the UK that supports the International Hearing Voices Movement by connecting people, sharing ideas, distributing information, highlighting innovative initiatives, encouraging high quality respectful research and promoting its values across the world.
a website devoted to linking voice hearers across Australia and tracking the progress of the Australian Hearing Voices Establishment Project (AVHEP), an initiative investigating the possibility of establishing a national Hearing Voices Organization in Australia.
A Richmond Wellbeing program that is part of the global Hearing Voices Movement. HVNWA is a resource for people living in Western Australia who hear voices and experience other unusual perceptions, offering a place for the voice-hearing community to access relevant information, training, and hearing voices support groups.
A branch of the global Hearing Voices Movement based in New South Wales. They promote recovery and reduce the stigma associated with hearing voices.
A specialist psychological treatment and research clinic in Melbourne for people who hear voices or have similar experiences.
A website to support and promote compassionate approaches to voices and other experiences.
A national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness.
An organization run by people who have recovered from major mental illness. Their mission is to change the mental health system so that it truly supports recovery. Their website provides lots of FREE info! You can also order stuff from their online store, including the useful booklet Coping with Voices: Self help strategies for people who hear voices that are distressing, by Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D., illustrated By Carolyn Affa.
A translational research institute that aims to reduce the incidence of mental illness and the stigma around it, to actively reduce suicide rates and empower everyone to live the most mentally healthy lives possible
Simon McCarthy Jones, a specialist in hearing voices, gives a brief overview of the latest research papers on voice hearing as of July, 2017.
Research showing that hearing voices may be just thoughts perceived as sound.
Research showing that collectivist cultures are more likely to view auditory hallucinations as helpful
Recent research finds that hallucinations are far more common in the general population than most realise.
A thought-provoking article challenging the stigma of “madness” around hearing voices.
Check out these facts to brush up on what you know about voice hearing.
A useful book for both clients and clinicians on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for voices. Also available as an EBook.
This book is a resource book for those requiring an understanding of clinical and conceptual issues associated with psychosis, with chapters written by academics and clinicians who are leaders in their respective fields. The book also provides a guide regarding the methods of assessment for psychosis and its symptoms, with 120 rating scales, which are described and evaluated. Also available as an EBook
The experience of ‘hearing voices’ was once associated with prophetic communications. Today, the experience is typically portrayed as an unambiguous harbinger of madness caused by a broken brain, an unbalanced mind, biology gone wild. An alternative idea, forged mainly by people who hear voices themselves, argues that hearing voices is an understandable response to traumatic life-events. Simon McCarthy Jones addresses the urgent need to overcome the tensions between these two ways of understanding ‘voice hearing’.
Also available as an EBook.
This book is a groundbreaking development in modern mental health because it recognises the importance of the first hand experience and argues that hearing voices is not a sign of madness but a reaction to serious problems in life.
Also available as an EBook.
This book contains a wealth of information of great practical value to people who hear voices as well as to those who wish to broaden their understanding of this fascinating phenomenon.
This book travels from voice-hearing in the ancient world through to contemporary experience, examining how power, politics, gender, medicine and religion have shaped the meaning of hearing voices.
Also available as an EBook.
This book offers a step by step guide to self-improvement of paranoia, based on methods of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. A great book for both clients and for clinicians. Also available as an EBook.
Richard Bentall, a research psychologist pulls together a great deal of evidence to shatter the medical model myths about madness and to demonstrate that the so-called mysterious, symptoms of the mentally ill are actually extensions of what many of us experience every day. Also available as an EBook.
This is a great source for both the theory and practice of cognitive therapy with psychotic symptoms. Also available as an EBook.
Drawing on the authors decades of influential work in the field, this highly practical volume presents an evidence-based cognitive therapy approach for clients with schizophrenia, and psychotic symptoms that may be associated with other diagnosis. Step-by-step effective techniques are provided for working with delusional beliefs, voices, visions, thought disorders, and negative symptoms. The techniques integrate cognitive therapy with other forms of treatment, reducing the risk of relapse and helping clients stay motivated and engaged. Also available as an EBook.
An extremely readable book, based on solid research evidence and packed full of clinical insights and strategies that will satisfy any clinician seeking innovative approaches to the promotion of recovery from psychosis. Topics include: taking a developmental perspective on help seeking and affect regulation; Supporting self-reorganization and adaptation after acute psychosis; Understanding and treating traumatic reactions to psychosis; Working with humiliation, entrapment, loss; fear of recurrence; working with cognitive interpersonal schemata. Also available as an EBook.
A systematic book that ties together research, theory, and practical interventions. Includes useful suggestions about how to structure therapy sessions, and even ways to get clients to do homework. Also available as an EBook.
This book provides a practical framework for using a person based cognitive therapy approach for addressing the range of problems experienced by people with psychosis
Key features of this book include the integration of the author’s work on Mindfulness (a simple meditation technique for people with psychosis), the inclusion of the two-chair method, and group therapy. Also available as an EBook.
This book provides a useful critique of the ‘medical model’ of madness and examines the dominance of the ‘illness’ approach to understanding madness from historical and economic perspectives. It also documents the role of drug companies and outlines the alternative to drug based solutions; identifies the urgency and possibility of prevention of madness. Also available as an EBook.
This insightful book examines voices “from outside the illness model”. Marius Romme is a pioneer of listening to what voice-hearers have to say, while encouraging networking and peer support among them. He advocates acceptance of voices along with constructive coping.
This book is a unique volume in which leading clinicians and researchers in the field of cognitive therapy for psychosis present their individual approaches to the understanding of the difficulties faced by people with psychosis and how this informs intervention. Also available as an EBook.
This book is written by practitioners from differing clinical backgrounds who are all at different stages in their use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It provides vibrant and colorful descriptions of patient and therapist problems and the use of various techniques with them. It also provides useful sections on training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in psychosis and clinical supervision.
Can schizophrenia be prevented? Two major investigators in a landmark study demonstrating that schizophrenia can be prevented, provide specific details about the adaptation of standard cognitive therapy to the treatment of individuals at high risk of developing this disorder. In a clear readable style, French and Morrison guide the reader through the identification of high-risk individuals, crucial cognitive behavioral strategies, and relapse prevention. This book is a must for clinicians dealing with high-risk adolescents and young adults. Also available as an EBook.
An informative animation about hearing voices.
An interview with a man, demonstrating what it is like for a patient who is hearing voices.
A useful demonstration of what it might be like to experience auditory hallucinations.
A film about the compassionate approach to relating with voices, with potential for use as a therapeutic, educational, and de-stigmatising tool.
Once a patient himself, psychologist Rufus May tells about his work using Mindfulness, a Buddhist meditation practice, to help his clients accept and transform the ‘voices’ they hear.
An amazing TED Talk by Eleanor Longden about the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health. She says that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive
A documentary about the global Hearing Voices Movement, filmed at the 2012 World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff, Wales
What’s it like to live with a destructive voice inside your head? Triple J Hack’s Tom Tiley speaks to some girls dealing with exactly that every day. Languge warning!
Dr Rufus May is a clinical psychologist who suffers from schizophrenia. Here he speaks to Triple J Hack’s Tom Tiley about changing approaches to treating people who hear voices inside their heads.
What can advances in neuroscience and psychology reveal about the age-old phenomenon of hearing voices? And how might digital avatars help patients answer back?
An interview with Charles Fernyhough about the connection between thought, inner speech, and the voice in our heads.
We host and run a number of useful workshops to assist in your personal and professional development. Please follow the Perth Voices Clinic on Facebook for updates on workshops run by or hosted by Perth Voices Clinic.
The home-base for the Hearing Voices Network Western Australia (HVNA), Richmond Wellbeing provides a range of courses, training and events to assist you in your professional or personal development. They work to spread positive and hopeful messages about the experience of hearing voices and acceptance of all individual differences.
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