Training Initiative for Facilitators

Over the past year, three Hearing Voices Group Facilitation & Network Development Training workshops have been held around the country. Several Hearing Voices Support Groups have been set up as a result of these workshops. More training is coming up in Cork. See below…

3-Day Hearing Voices Group Facilitation & Network Development Training
Facilitator: Jacqui Dillon
Workshop Dates: either 2, 3 & 4 of October 2013 or 7, 8 & 9 October 2013
Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex
University College Cork, Ireland
Funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Planning Development Unit
Health Service Executive – South
Organised in Association with the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing

An Experiential Workshop for Mental Health Staff and People with Lived Experience who want to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate a Hearing Voices Support Group

Over the past year, three Hearing Voices Group Facilitation & Network Development Training workshops have been held around the country. Several Hearing Voices Support Groups have been set up as a result of these workshops. Interest in the workshops has been overwhelming, hence the offer of two further workshops, specifically targeting the Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Tipperary regions. (Please note that further workshops are being planned in other regions over the coming year).The two workshops have been funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Planning Development Unit, Health Service Executive – South, and are being organised by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC, in association with the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing.

The two 3-day workshops take place: one on 2, 3 & 4 of October and one on 7, 8 & 9 October 2013 (these are two separate stand-alone 3-day workshops, so no need to attend both!!) in Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, facilitated by Jacqui Dillon. On completion of the training, participants will be expected to start up a Hearing Voices Support Group and/or co-facilitate an already existing group. It is also envisaged that the series of workshops will lead to the establishment of a Hearing Voices Network where workshop facilitators can meet/email regularly to share their experiences and develop good practice.

Expressions of interest are now invited from voice hearers who have a genuine interest in facilitating/co-facilitating a Hearing Voices Support Group and from mental health staff who have agreement and/or opportunities to start a group in the setting in which they work. Joint applications are specifically welcomed from two voice hearers or voice hearer/mental health staff member (maybe supported by the services they use/work in), who have an interest in starting and facilitating a group. Others interested in starting a group, ideally those who have identified a service willing to support them to establish a group, are also welcome to apply.

Places on the programme are limited and will be allocated on the basis of and ability to attend all 3 workshop days and a willingness and commitment to start a Hearing Voices Support Group.

If interested, please complete either the joint application or the individual application form (attached). The closing date for applications is Friday 13 September 2013, with places confirmed by 20 September 2013.

If you would like to discuss making an application and/or would like more information about the workshop, please contact Harry Gijbels at either h.gijbels@ucc.ie or on 021 490 1551.