Friday, 22 March 2019

Hearing Voices


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The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community has been working to promote and improve access to the Hearing Voices Movement and groups in the United States since 2009. Now, through collaborations with the Hearing Voices Network USA and other local groups, the RLC continues to offer a variety of meetings, networking opportunities and trainings.

The Hearing Voices approach offers a non-pathologizing, open way of understanding and supporting people through the experience of hearing voices. It assumes that hearing voices (as well as seeing visions and other sensory experiences) can be a normal part of human experience with a variety of meanings for people. Hearing Voices groups are widely available throughout the United Kingdom and many other countries and are just taking hold in the United States.

Local trainings are free for people who live or work in Massachusetts. There is a $100 fee for people outside of Massachusetts, though it can be waived upon request. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for the most up-to-date training information.

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How to Bring Trainings to You:

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3-Day Facilitator Training*: This training is intended for anyone (individuals who hear voices, people working in peer roles, providers, family members, etc.) who is interested in starting up and facilitating a Hearing Voices group in your area.

3-Hour Hearing Voices Overview*: This overview is intended for anyone who wants to better understand the Hearing Voices approach and the way that hearing voices groups work.

* Full-day or multi-day trainings are typically 7 to 8 hours per day. Training lengths and topics can be adjusted to meet the needs of specific groups, so please contact us to discuss details.

PRICING:  Pricing is based on a sliding scale. Typically, the lowest end is intended for independent groups with no annual budget. Although we do not directly charge individual participants, some organizations choose to have registration fees to help defray their payment to us. All pricing includes any related trainer fees, meals for trainers, and supplies for up to 25 participants. It does NOT include travel (ground and/or airfare) and lodging. Any costs related to training sites or food provided to training participants are also at the expense of the host organization.

3-day Trainings - $2500.00 to $5800.00

3-hour Trainings - $300.00 to $650.00

Local (Western Mass) Hearing Voices Groups:

  • Northampton: **ON HIATUS** 
  • Holyoke:  A Hearing Voices group meets on Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 6pm at the RLC's Holyoke Center, 187 High Street, Suite 303
  • Greenfield: A Hearing Voices group meets on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5:30pm at the RLC's Greenfield Center, at 74 Federal Street.

How to Find Groups in Other Areas:

The best way to locate groups in other parts of the United States is to visit the Hearing Voices USA website Groups Section (click here).  

Although not all groups are listed there yet, several are and more are being added all the time.

Networking Opportunities for Hearing Voices Facilitators:

A phone-in networking group for existing and aspiring Hearing Voices group facilitators takes place each month on the first Friday, 3-4pm. Check out this page at the HVN-USA website (click here) for more information.


Other Related Resources:

There are many great Hearing Voices resources out there. Some of the best of the best include:



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