Voice‐hearing in adolescence – ‘CAMHS around the Campfire’


Event type Informal Journal Club

Online, via Zoom 17.00 UK, (USA - 12 noon ET, 11.00 CT, 09.00 PT)

Dr. Sarah Parry

A recording of the event will be available from Wednesday 3 February 2021.

Slides from the session

About what the session was

Discussion on Open Access CAMH paper by Dr. Sarah Parry and Dr. Filippo Varese doi.org/10.1111/camh.12403 First published: 11 July 2020

A panel, comprising Dr. Sarah Parry, an independent expert Dr. Emmanuelle Peters, Reader of Clinical Psychology, KCL, young person with experience Rebecca Burns, and Douglas Badenoch, Information Scientist, discussed the research and its implications. This discussion was be facilitated by Andre Tomlin (@Mental_Elf).


The following are further reading and event suggestions from Dr. Sarah Parry

  1. Corstens D, Longden E. The origins of voices: links between life history and voice hearing in a survey of 100 cases. Psychosis. 2013 Oct 1;5(3):270–85.
  2. Longden E, Madill A, Waterman MG. Dissociation, trauma, and the role of lived experience: Toward a new conceptualization of voice hearing. Psychol Bull. 2012;138(1):28–76.
  3. Maijer K, Hayward M, Fernyhough C, Calkins ME, Debbané M, Jardri R, et al. Hallucinations in Children and Adolescents: An Updated Review and Practical Recommendations for Clinicians. Schizophr Bull. 2019 Feb 1;45(Supplement_1):S5–23.
  4. 8. Parry S, Loren E, Varese F. Young people’s narratives of hearing voices: Systemic influences and conceptual challenges. Clin Psychol Psychother. 2020 Dec 15;cpp.2532.
  5. Gin K, Banerjea P, Abbott C, Browning S, Bracegirdle K, Corrigall R, et al. Childhood unusual experiences in community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in South East London: Prevalence and impact. Schizophr Res. 2018 May;195:93–6.
  6. Jolley S, Kuipers E, Stewart C, Browning S, Bracegirdle K, Basit N, et al. The Coping with Unusual Experiences for Children Study (CUES): A pilot randomized controlled evaluation of the acceptability and potential clinical utility of a cognitive behavioural intervention package for young people aged 8-14 years with unusual exper. Br J Clin Psychol. 2018 Sep;57(3):328–50.
  7. Kelleher I, Cannon M. Psychotic-like experiences in the general population: characterizing a high-risk group for psychosis. Psychol Med. 2011;41(1):1–6.


  1. Young People’s Webinar26 February by Voice Collective
  2. Unusual Sensory Experiences Discussion- Practitioners/Researchers Webinar – 26 March
  3. Unusual Sensory Experiences Discussion with Parents and Carers Webinar – 19 March

The Panel

Dr. Sarah Parry
Dr. Sarah Parry

Dr. Sarah Parry is a Clinical Psychologist and Practice Fellow with experience of working in a range of NHS and private sector organisations. Sarah principally works in the field of trauma and children’s mental health. Research interests include therapeutic uses of formulation and the therapeutic utility of compassion for clients and practitioners alike. Sarah and her colleagues also explore how interpersonal trauma can impact aspects of people’s lives, and how adults and young people develop coping strategies in response to traumatic experiences. Sarah’s research has been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Children’s Services, the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, and the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. Biog via Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr. Emmanuelle Peters
Dr. Emmanuelle Peters

Emmanuelle has specialised in the area of psychological approaches to psychosis for over 20 years, and published over 100 academic articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has a long history of collaborative research and supervision, training, and implementation of clinical services. She is the Director of the Psychological Interventions Clinic for Outpatients with Psychosis (PICuP) service, an award-winning specialist psychological therapies clinic for psychosis, which she set up in collaboration with Prof Elizabeth Kuipers 20 years ago. Bio and image via KCL

Rebecca Burns
Rebecca Burns

Rebecca is a young voice hearer and part of the McPin’s Young People’s Network. She is part of the lived experience advisory boards of several research projects concerning voice hearing. She strongly believes in the importance of actively seeking out lived experience knowledge for all aspects of formulating research and clinical practice policy. Her hope is that by the time she becomes a clinician lived experience experts will be integrated into psychological principles – and that they will be fully confident to tell her exactly what she is doing wrong!

Douglas Badenoch
Douglas Badenoch

I am an information scientist with an interest in making knowledge from systematic research more accessible to people who need it. This means you. I’ve been attempting this in the area of Evidence-Based Health Care since 1995. So far the results have been mixed. For some reason we expected busy clinicians to search databases and appraise papers instead of seeing patients. We also expected publishers to make the research freely available to the people who paid for it.. Ha! Hence The National Elf service.

André Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He’s worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service. *The Mental Elf is a blogging platform that presents expert summaries of the latest reliable research and disseminates this evidence across social media. They have published thousands of blogs over the last 10 years, written by experts and discussed by patients, practitioners and researchers. This innovative digital platform helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

Bio via The Mental Elf