Normalising Experiences

Notification of this event only just received, hopefully there are still places available

Normalising the Experiences of Voices, Visions & Paranoia

Two-day skills based workshop delivered jointly by Paranoia Network UK, Hearing Voices
Network, Sheffield, and the Institute of Mental Health.

Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 March 2013

Bevan House, Leeds

Facilitators: Pete Bullimore and Chris Tandy

Workshop Content

Day 1

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Understanding paranoia through the history of psychiatry
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The problem with diagnosis
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Making sense of paranoia
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The three stages of paranoia
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Making sense of ‘delusion’
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Trauma and paranoia

Day 2

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History of understanding voices and visions using a psychiatric perspective
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The difficulty with diagnosis
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Limitations of traditional therapy
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The three stages of voices
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Trauma and unusual experiences
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Understanding voices and visions
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Helpful approaches

Workshop Outcomes

Day 1

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Gain a contemporary understanding of paranoia and other alternative
beliefs.
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Gain a critical understanding of current bio-medical constructs of
paranoia.
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Construct collaborative understanding of paranoia with service users in a respectful, ethical and therapeutic manner.
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Understand the potential connection between trauma and paranoia.

Day 2

Take a critical and thoughtful perspective on traditional ways of understanding voice
hearing and visions.  Understand the potential pitfalls of the claims made from other therapies.
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Take a respectful and ethical approach to the experience of voice hearing and visions.
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Understand the potential connection between trauma and voice hearing and
visions.
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Develop new ways of talking to and working with people who experience voices and visions.

This workshop is targeted at all mental health workers, criminal justice personnel, third sector agencies and people who experience voices, visions and paranoia.

Apply now: please email Karen Sugars karen.sugars@notthsc.nhs.uk with the completed application

 Su

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6 thoughts on “Normalising Experiences

  1. I met Peter Bullimore last night at the LYPFT launch of their Sharing Stories campaign. Very impressive and I bought his book. I imagine this will be a very good event.

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    • Thank you for your comment. I only heard about the ‘Normalising’ conference since I’m signed up to their network, I had not seen publicity about the ‘Sharing Stories’ campaign, perhaps it would be useful to have a post about it? Feed about similar upcoming events, hard to report about if you don’t know about them.

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  2. This sounds like a great event for those who it is relevant for. I am sure we could all learn from it, actually. It’s a shame I couldn’t make the ‘Sharing Stories’ last night, it sounded really interesting. Thanks Su.

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  3. I thought the Sharing Stories event sounded interesting but I only read about it in the Evening Post on the day it was held. It was too late for me to arrange to go at such short notice. It’s one of my pet peeves when newspaper publish notification of events too late to be of use. But I’ve just found that Peter Bullimore did email me about it some time ago, and I had completely forgotten. Anyway, I’m glad to hear that by all accounts it went well. Yes, it would be good to hear a report on it from someone who was there.

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    • Thanks Jean, it would be helpful if LWBW had advance notice too…although in fact Vicky did invite me, but by the time I spotted that on FB it was too late, she tweeted it too but not being that confident with Twitter, didn’t realise what the event was about. The ‘Normalising’ conference is in March!
      Cheers ,
      Su

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