All posts by Ciara McEnteggart

Fundraising Cycle in aid of Hearing Voices Network Ireland

Harry Gijbels, an active member of the HVNI, started his annual cycling trip on 10 May in Rotterdam. He plans to cycle about 3000 kms, first to Oslo, then via Copenhagen and Berlin back to Rotterdam.

Like last year, he is fundraising for HVNI, raising funds to assist in the work of the HVNI. Last year’s fund raising helped to set up HV Facilitation Training, currently in progress, so hopefully HVNI may be able to do similar later this year.

HVNI would appreciate if you could share this message to your contacts to help Harry raise funds for HVNI, and, of course support the campaign yourself to reach its goal! https://gofund.me/7000edda

You can also follow Harry’s trip on his public Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/harry.gijbels

Research Study on Facilitators’ Experiences of Hearing Voices Support Groups

My name is Alison Branitsky and I am a PhD student at the University of Manchester in the UK. I am a lived experience researcher, meaning that my research is shaped by my personal experiences of voice hearing and facilitating peer support groups for voice hearers.

What is this research about?

While peer support groups for voice hearers exist across the world, they have only recently begun to take place online. I am interested in understanding how holding groups online impacts both the practicalities of running the group, as well as the experience of relationships and group dynamics between the members.

Who can participate?

Individuals aged 18 and over who have at least three months experience of facilitating support groups for voice hearers either face-to-face or online.

What would participation involve?

Participants will be asked to take part in a 1-hour audio-recorded interview with me about their experiences of facilitating hearing voices groups.

If you or any of your colleagues are interested in learning more about the study, please email alison.branitsky@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk. Many thanks in advance for your consideration.

Best wishes,

Alison Branitsky

Hearing Voices Group Facilitation Training with Jacqui Dillon – A Second Opportunity

There were more applications than places available for the May/June Hearing Voices Group Facilitation Training with Jacqui Dillon. Hearing Voices Network Ireland is pleased to announce that Jacqui Dillon is running another 8-week online Hearing Voices Group Facilitation & Network Development Training course, from 2-5 pm, starting Tuesday 6th September. Those whom we not able to offer a place on the 3rd May course have already been offered a place on the 6th Sept course.

There are however places available on the 6th September course, so expressions of interest are now invited from voice hearers and others active in the hearing voices movement in Ireland, who are in a position to set up and facilitate/co-facilitate a HV Support group (face to face or online), either independently or with the support from an organisation (either statutory or voluntary). This needs to be clearly demonstrated in the application. Joint applications are specifically welcomed. 

Limited number of Scholarships available (inquiries to info@hearingvoicesnetworkireland.ie)

We warmly welcome applications from people who hear voices. Please note, that we would encourage people who have developed a working relationship with their voices to apply, as training and group facilitation can be demanding.

Places on the programme are limited to 20 and will be allocated on:

  • the details provided in the application form
  • the ability to attend all (or at least 7) sessions
  • start/facilitate/co-facilitate a Hearing Voices group following completion of the course.

Format:

8 x 3-hour weekly online sessions from Tuesday 6 September – Tuesday 25 October 2022 from 14.00 – 17.00 IST/UTC+1

Cost:

€200 Euro – Waged/Professional (payments by instalments possible)

€50 Euro Unwaged/Voice Hearer (payments by instalments possible)

Application forms to be returned either by email to info@hearingvoicesnetworkireland.ie or by post to:

Harry Gijbels, 115 Atkins Hall, Lee Road, Cork T23 EA06

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 August 2022.

If you would like to discuss making an application and/or would like more information about the programme, please contact Harry at info@hearingvoicesnetworkireland.ie or on 085 7554220.

Research Study: The Everyday Lived Experience of Hearing Voices in Ireland

Joy Kelleher, a PhD student, is conducting research exploring the lived experience of people in Ireland who hear voices. There is a lack of research literature on the day-to-day lives of individuals in Ireland who hear voices and it is her hope to contribute research that will begin to address this lack of information.

If you are interested in sharing your story and your daily experiences of voice hearing, please consider taking part in this research project. Or if you know someone else that might be interested in this project, please consider sharing the information with them.

If you have any questions about the research, please don’t hesitate to contact Joy at 116320661@umail.ucc.ie.

Donegal Hearing Voices Training

Making sense of voices: Utilising a biographical and social orientated approach to empower and enable mental health recovery

Facilitators: Pete Bullimore, Shaun Hunt & Kate Crawford

The traditional approach to working with voice hearers focuses upon inabilities and deficits, rather than individuals’ inherent ability to understand and cope with their voices and other experiences. This course is grounded on acceptance of lived experiences of voice hearing. Participants will be taught to employ the Maastricht Interview, an assessment tool developed by Dr Sandra Escher and Professor Marius Romme, which provides a structured method for understanding and working with a voice hearer’s experience. This training has been split into three days to maximize the learning potential. Attendance at ALL three sessions is required to complete the class.

 Where and When?

Venue: Raddison Blue, Letterkenny.

  • 1st Day – Monday, April 4th 2022, 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • 2nd Day – Tuesday April 5th 2020, 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • 3rd Day – Wednesday April 6th 2020, 9.30am to 4pm

Lunch and Tea will be offered for three days of training.

Who can attend?

This training is especially appropriate for mental health providers across all disciplines, voices hearers (similar experiences) and their family members/peer. It is expected that participant will become part of the Hearing voice Group in Donegal supporting facilitation of this Self- help Group. Some of the content of the narratives can be difficult to hear please try and identify someone you can speak to if required.

Closing Date for application: 11th March 2022

Future Information about the course contact:

Ursula Gallagher – 0879053747

Eoin Toomey – 0863396881

Jarlath Cannon- 0860477815

Support meeting for Facilitators of Irish Hearing Voices Support Groups

15 March 2022 from 16.00 – 17.30

In May 2021, in response to a request made at the AGM, we offered two online support sessions for facilitators of Hearing Voices Support Groups.

We are pleased to announce another opportunity for facilitators to meet and share their experiences and discuss ideas for ongoing support.

Jacqui Dillon has kindly agreed to join the meeting, to listen and offer guidance, where appropriate.

The Zoom link for this meeting is https://us06web.zoom.us/j/94443736330

Any queries or suggestions, please contact us at info@hearingvoicesnetworkireland.ie

On behalf of HVNI

Hearing Voices Group Facilitation Training with Jacqui Dillon

Hearing Voices Network Ireland is pleased to announce an online Hearing Voices Group Facilitation & Network Development Training course, facilitated by Jacqui Dillon. It has been a while since training has been made available in Ireland and HVNI are particularly pleased to (virtually) welcome Jacqui back to Ireland. The course will consist of 3-hour weekly sessions over an 8-week period.

Expressions of interest are now invited from voice hearers and others active in the hearing voices movement in Ireland, who are in a position to set up and facilitate/co-facilitate a HV Support group (face to face or online), either independently or with the support from an organisation (either statutory or voluntary). This needs to be clearly demonstrated in the application. Joint applications are specifically welcomed.  

Limited number of Scholarships available (inquiries to info@hearingvoicesnetworkireland.ie)

Places limited to 20 participants.

We warmly welcome applications from people who hear voices. Please note, that we would encourage people who have developed a working relationship with their voices to apply, as training and group facilitation can be demanding.

Places on the programme are limited to 20 and will be allocated on:

  1. the details provided in the application form
  2. the ability to attend all (or at least 7) sessions
  3. start/facilitate/co-facilitate a Hearing Voices group following completion of the course.

Format:

8 x 3-hour weekly online sessions from Tuesday 3 May – Tuesday 21 June 2022 from 14.00 – 17.00 IST/UTC+1

Cost:

€200 Euro – Waged/Professional (payments by instalments possible)

€50 Euro Unwaged/Voice Hearer (payments by instalments possible)

Single application forms can be found here (hyperlink) and joint applications here (hyperlink). Application forms to be returned either by email to info@hearingvoicesnetworkireland.ie or by post to:

Harry Gijbels, 115 Atkins Hall, Lee Road, Cork T23 EA06

The closing date for applications is Friday 8 April 2022. 

If you would like to discuss making an application and/or would like more information about the programme, please contact Harry at info@hearingvoicesnetworkireland.ie or on 085 7554220.