Authors: Charlotte Johnstone and Brian Johnston, SA
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Treatment, Therapy And Support, THERAPY SUPPORT, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: If you had a frightening dream in which someone was verbally abusing you, you could quite easily tell others about that dream. However it is clear that most people who hear voices find it very difficult to communicate about this experience. Recently we were reminded of this when a woman attending the support group for people who hear voices expressed the view that we were wanting her to practice techniques – but she was actually just getting used to talking about this experience.
It is easy for workers, including ourselves, to forget just how difficult it is for people to talk about this experience and realise that it isn’t just a matter of exploring techniques which we believe are helpful.
We are running workshops for people who experience hearing voices as a medication resistant symptom. We have organized four 10-week programs with an average of seven participants in each group. Most participants have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizo-affective disorder.