April 28th - 29th Young People Hearing Voices Workshop

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
  • Hearing Voices Workshop
    Hearing Voices Workshop

22% of 11-13 year olds, and 8% of older teens hear voices that other people don’t. For some these experiences are transient or pleasant, and for others, they can become overwhelming - bullying, threatening, distracting, commanding or criticising. These distressing voices can leave young people feeling isolated, frightened and struggling at school and many young people hide it. The UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems will host three events in April addressing hearing voices in young people and adolescence. The trainer Rai Waddingham is an experienced international trainer specialising in innovative ways of supporting people who struggle with voices, visions, beliefs and the  impact of trauma. Rai hears voices and has particular expertise in working with children, young people and people in prison who hear voices, see visions. 

Workshop 1: Thursday April 28th 10.00 am – 16.00 pm

  • Explores the experience and its impact and different ways of making sense of distressing voices and visions
  • Links between voices, visions, emotions and trauma
  • Ways of challenging the stigma surrounding ‘voices’ in youth services.
  • Safe ways of talking with young people about voices and visions
  • Developing a toolbox of practical and
  • Creative youth-friendly coping strategies.

Who can Attend
This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in supporting vulnerable young people, including: nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, support workers, psychologists and other CAMHS workers, peer workers, youth workers, family members, counsellors, educational professionals, substance misuse workers and Youth Offending Teams.

Public Event Thursday April 28th - 18.00 - 19.30 pm
The public evening is open to all and will offer people an opportunity to meet other young people who hear voices or see visions. People can find out how people can learn to cope with difficult voices and visions, and hear from people who have recovered. It will also offer an opportunity to challenge the stigma around voices and visions - the time has come to break the taboo! Attendees will be able to take part in creative activities - and learn moreabout the Voice Collective project in the UK and tell us what extra support is needed over here.

Workshop 2: Friday April 29th 10.00 am – 16.00 pm

  • Explores ways of helping young people express their experience of voices and visions.
  • Supporting young people to develop a curious and questioning attitude to the voices they hear.
  • Creative strategies for exploring, and improving, relationships with voices.
  •  Creative ways of coping with distressing voices, emotions and beliefs.

Who can Attend
This workshop is open to people who have attended previous ‘hearing voices network’ style training, including the previous day’s ‘Understanding Children & Young People who Hear Voices’ course: Trainees may include: nurses, OTs, social workers, psychiatrists, support workers, psychologists and other CAMHS workers, peer workers, youth workers, family members, counsellors and educational professionals.

The events are funded by the Office of the Nursing Midwifery Director HSE, and hosted by the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing and UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems. They are free to all participants.

Contact: Ann Sheridan
Email: Ann.Sheridan@ucd.ie
Telephone: 01 7166427