Connecting People and Ideas in the Hearing Voices Movement

The 1st World Hearing Voices Congress took place in Maastricht, Netherlands in September 2009. It was this congress that led to the formation of Intervoice.

Summary of the Congress

Presentations in this conference included:

  • Hearing voices: A common human experience – John Watkins (Australia)
  • Why relationships matter: The crucial role of the therapeutic alliance in helping people with psychosis – Richard Bentall (UK)
  • Childhood trauma and psychosis: The power of relationships to harm and to heal – John Read (New Zealand)
  • Survival techniques: An exploration of hearing voices, self harm, eating disorders and dissociation as the consequence of child abuse – Jacqui Dillon (UK)