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HaVeN Training Pathways

HaVeN training pathways is funded by the NHS Tayside community innovation fund and is a project which aims to support voice hearings through a variety of training opportunities designed to enhance their skills, confidence and mental wellbeing whilst also providing support to others. The training can also be undertaken by non-voice hearers who wish to continue building on or learn how to support others as well as those who are planning on or are currently studying/working in the care sector.

The project has been split into phases, at the moment the project is in ‘Phase One’ which has a focus of Personal Development and Recovery.

This theme provides voice hearers with valuable workshops that will be carried out within the Hearing Voices Network Dundee (See here for directions and contact details) premises on a rolling basis. These courses will focus on recognizing and building upon participants’ strengths. This will hopefully build the individuals confidence and lead being able to support others and commit to a lengthier supporting recovery training course. The theme of Recover support is also touched on helping those who hear voices to build upon their lived experiences and assist in empowering and mutually beneficially to develop their skills and allow the participant to offer peer support if this is something they wish to take part in. Topics in Phase One are expected to include:

* Knowing Myself

* Hidden Talents

* Personal Narratives

* Non-Violent communications

* Healthy Relationships

* Boundaries

* Recovery

* Finding Personal Meaning in Voices

Also as part of Phase One, we are planning to create Ambassadors of recovery who are to build awareness and social acceptance for voice hearers and work to reduce and eventually remove the stigma that surrounds voice hearing and those who experience it. HaVeN will connect with local organizations, universities and other public sector organizations in Dundee and offer awareness raising workshops that could include simulation voice hearing and sharing personal recover stories of voice hearers who have benefited from HaVeNs services as well as found acceptance and validation.

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Voice Hearing Awareness Training

The Hearing Voices Network (Dundee) is keen to raise awareness and encourage understanding of the voice hearing experiences, and the impact these can have on those who have experienced voices, visions, paranoia, delusional thinking and other symptoms of psychosis. We also want to continue to promote the message that it is possible to have a diagnosis of a mental illness and live a fulfilling life along with the symptoms.

The Training Team is made up of volunteers with lived experiences of mental illness, whom offer a unique and personal insight into the path of recovery. They intend to provide strategies for coping with the illness, as well as to inform of things that may help or hinder the process of recovery.

We do not intend to replace traditional teaching, textbooks or training methods. Instead, we seek to strengthen and build upon the understanding and awareness students and professionals may have gathered through the more traditional teaching methods.

The training can be tailored to fit the organisations needs and availabilities. The sessions last for approximately  2 hours, and cost £75 for groups of 12 or less people, and £100 for larger ones.

Organisations that have worked in partnership with the training team in the past include:

  • University of Dundee Medical School
  • University of Abertay Dundee Mental Health Nursing Richmond Fellowship
  • University of Aberdeen, Counselling Course Dundee City Counci, Mental Health Officers
  • Pillar Kincardine