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People use the term ‘Hearing Voices’ when describing a type of auditory hallucination that is often associated with mental health problems. In particular, this form of auditory hallucination is often linked to those who have a psychotic disorder, such as schizophrenia. However, a significant number of otherwise healthy people have detailed their experience of Hearing Voices; indeed, experiencing auditory hallucinations is in no way a direct indication of a mental health disorder.
This conference brings together experts from the fields of early intervention, support services, and research, to give delegates the opportunity to come together to discuss recent research and practical take-aways relating to Hearing Voices.
About the Speakers
Eve Mundy – Voice Collective
Eve will join us to speak about Voice Collective and what support they can provide young people who hear voices, and also what training they can offer professionals who work with such young people. She will also – with the support of some young people – run a practical workshop in the afternoon all around how professionals can implement a support service in their Trust/employer for CYP who hear voices.Voice Collective is a UK-wide support service for children and young people who hear voices, see visions
Voice Collective is a UK-wide support service for children and young people who hear voices, see visions or have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs. The Voice Collective team provide support to children and young people aged 6-25, in the community, within adolescent inpatient units and in detention, and their parents/carers and families. The team provide training and consultancy to community and inpatient CAMHS, EIP teams, youth organisations, schools and Young Offender Institutions, amongst others. Voice Collective is a Mind in Camden project funded by BBC Children in Need and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Paul Patterson – Forward Thinking Birmingham
Paul works as the Public Health Lead of the Early Intervention Team at Forward Thinking Birmingham. He will talk about his expertise in voices from a trauma and developmental/prevention perspective.Professor Lisa Bortolotti
Professor Lisa Bortolotti – University of Birmingham
Lisa Bortolotti was born in Italy and studied philosophy in Bologna, London, Oxford, and Canberra before starting her academic career as Honorary Lecturer in Bioethics in the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester and Research Associate on the EC-funded EU-RECA (on the concept of research and the ethical regulation of research activities).
Lisa is now Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham specialising in philosophy of psychology and psychiatry. She is particularly interested in the strengths and limitations of the human mind, and has written extensively about delusions, inconsistent beliefs, memory distortions, confabulation, and failures of self-knowledge; including Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Polity Press, 2008), Delusions and Other Irrational Beliefs (OUP, 2009), and her latest book, Irrationality (Polity, 2014). Her current 5-year research project on Pragmatic and Epistemic Role of Factually Erroneous Cognitions and Thoughts (PERFECT), is funded by the European Research Council and aims to establish whether irrational beliefs can make an unexpectedly positive contribution to our well being, success, or knowledge.
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