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Working with Taboo and Violent Voices in Forensic Settings

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It can be difficult to talk about hearing voices, because of the stigma which can surround the experience. However, some voices, visions and sensory experiences can be even harder to discuss. Taboo voices are voices which talk about topics that are viewed negatively by the person and/or society. They may feel forbidden or dangerous, with themes of violence or sexuality.

Whether in a 121 or group setting, they can be challenging experiences to share because they are about subjects we don’t normally talk about. Opening up a conversation about violent or taboo voices can bring up strong feelings of fear and shame in both the speaker and listener. In a forensic setting, they might also carry additional weight, because of concerns around ‘risk’. How can we open up space in Hearing Voices groups to talk about taboo and violent voices?

In this training, we will explore:

• Understanding and reframing violent and taboo experiences (including voices that command, are threatening, controlling, abusive or mocking, and voices/beliefs which are violent or sexual)
• Finding safe ways of talking about challenging voices and visions with people in distress
• Reflecting on our personal reactions to taboo and violent voices, and how this can impact our facilitating
• Reflection on risk & confidentiality and on the challenges of creating and maintaining peer support groups in these settings
• Recognising, and dealing with, the instinct to silence, ‘fix’ or ‘intervene’

Background:

Hearing Voices Groups are safe spaces for people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual sensory experiences to meet with one another in an atmosphere of mutual support and respect. They are not therapy or treatment, but provide people with the opportunity to explore their experiences, make sense of them and find ways of living with them. All groups are based on the ethos of the Hearing Voices Network which promotes an open and accepting atmosphere where all interpretations and experiences are valid.

How to apply:

THE COURSE IS FREE OF CHARGE, AND OPEN ONLY TO THOSE WHO HAVE:
• facilitated a Hearing Voices Group or Paranoia/Beliefs Group in a prison, forensic unit or immigration removal centre
OR
• attended a Voices Unlocked 3-day Hearing Voices Group facilitation training

Please email if you’re not sure you meet these requirements. To apply for a place on this training day, please fill out an Eventbrite application. We'll then be in touch at a later date to confirm your booking.

For more information please email or visit:

www.voicesunlocked.com

www.mindincamden.org.uk/services/prisons

@MiCPrisons

Mind in Camden
Barnes House
9-15 Camden Road
London NW1 9LQ

E: jpons@mindincamden.org.uk
T: 020 7911 0822

This training is funded by The Bromley Trust, The City Bridges Trust & The Tudor Trust

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