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The Hearing Voices Approach

Event Details
Date: 12-13 November 2019
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 14

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Organiser: Prahran Mission

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This course is the perfect starting place if you are new to the Hearing Voices Approach. By the end of the 2 days you will have a solid understanding of the Hearing Voices Approach and how to apply it in practical settings. These skills are transferrable either for yourself, in your work as a mental health professional or in your family/home environment.

The Hearing Voices Approach is the peer-led recovery model for people who hear voices, see and sense things around them that others do not. This training aims to provide tools to assist people to the alleviate distress associated with voices and work towards a meaningful life. Many people hear voices and find them helpful, sacred or just a normal part of life. Some people find voices confusing or frightening and seek help to cope. These people are commonly diagnosed with schizophrenia or another mental illness. This training is for voice-hearers, supporters of voice hearers and mental health professionals to facilitate and understand new ways of working with voices.

Learning objectives

  1. A solid understanding of what the hearing voices approach is and how it started
  2. A better understanding of the voice hearing experience
  3. A greater understanding of the link between voices and trauma/emotions/life experience
  4. Knowledge of how recovery can look like within the hearing voices approach
  5. The benefits of hearing voices groups and peer work
  6. Knowledge of different strategies and skills that can help voice-hearers
  7. Learn how to use some basic strategies and have the confidence to use them, such as voice diaries, time-lines, grounding skills, counter-statements and empowerment tools
  8. Understanding of duty of care and safety
  9. Understanding of how to work respectfully with unusual beliefs
  10. Understanding of how to work compassionately with voices

Presenter details

Inge Remmits, is a social worker with 10 years of work experience in mental health & dual disability both in Australia and the Netherlands. Inge was trained in using the Hearing Voices Approach by its founders and other (inter)national experts. Inge has been professionally using the approach for over 6 years.

Janet Karagounis is the Group Network Coordinator at Voices Vic. Janet has a Certificate IV in Mental Health and is trained in Intentional Peer Support. Janet is one of the founding members of Voices Vic and she was trained in the Hearing Voices Approach by its founders and other (inter)national experts. Janet has been professionally using this approach for 9 years. In 2017 Janet won the 'Inspirational Person' Intervoice award. Intervoice is the international body for the Hearing Voices movement. Janet also has lived experience in Hearing Voices and has used this approach in her own recovery.

Ben Hillard is the Peer Support Worker at Voices Vic. Ben has a Certificate IV in mental health & AOD and is trained in Intentional Peer Support. Ben has received training in the Hearing Voices Approach by (inter)national experts. Ben has been using this approach professionally for 3 years. Ben also has lived experience of Voice Hearing and has used this approach in his own recovery.

Amanda Waegeli was first introduced to the Hearing Voices Approach in 2005. She successfully used the hearing voices approach to gain mastery over her own personal voice hearing experiences. Amanda then became an advocate for the approach and started facilitating Hearing Voices Group. Amanda was trained in the Approach by the founders and other international leaders in the Hearing Voices Movement and has successfully completed certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Worker, Training and Assessment. Working professionally with the Hearing Voices Approach for the last ten years. Amanda became the State Coordinator of the Hearing Voices Network of WA and later an Ambassador for the Hearing Voices network of QLD, currently facilitating Hearing Voices Groups in forensic settings. She is the inaugural Chair of the Australian Hearing Voices Establishment Project Steering Committee and a Board Director of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) Australia. Amanda works as a casual trainer for Voices Vic and as a national Hearing Voices Approach Trainer and Consultant in her own business.

Kate Brinly has a Bachelor of Social Science and a Diploma of Health Science (Holistic Counseling) as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Kate works for Voices Vic as a Peer Support Worker and facilitates Hearing Voices Support Groups. Kate also has lived experience of voice hearing.

Petra Hinch is the Hearing Voices Regional Coordinator at Voices Vic, based in Horsham in regional Victoria and servicing south-east regional Victoria. She has been working in community mental health for 4 years and using the Hearing Voices approach professionally for 1 year. Petra is a mental health peer worker with lived experience of hearing voices who is passionate about peer mental health approaches and community education.

Location and date

Prahran Mission
86A Kooyong Road
Armadale, Victoria

12-13 November 2019


Concession/Student Fee: $325
Full fee: $450

Note: Voices Vic offers hardship rates on request

We do provide hardship rates please contact Voices Vic to find out more.


No lunch is provided for this training but there are kitchen facilities if you would like to bring your own. There are also a number of lunch options nearby the training location.


p: (03) 9692 9500

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