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Proposals for free Hearing Voices Group Facilitation & Network Development Training in your region are now welcomed!

 Deadline for applications: June 1, 2015

The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care is pleased to announce that its Hearing Voices Research
and Development Fund has received $250,000 in funding for a 3-year project to bring Hearing Voices peer support groups to communities across the United States, and to research the mechanisms by which these
groups work. The project will train more than 100 facilitators in 5 regions and create a stronger regional and
local infrastructure of Hearing Voices peer-support groups across the USA. Once a greater number of groups
are up and running, the project will conduct a comprehensive study whose goal will be to identify the factors
promoting effectiveness of these groups.
Proposals are now welcomed from individuals and organizations who would like to be selected as one of the 5
project regions across the USA where the trainings will take place. (Participation in the research phase of the
project will be fully voluntary, regardless of whether or not someone has participated in any of these trainings.)
Guidelines for submitting applications:

Applications are now invited from interested individuals and organizations committed to establishing groups
and networks within their area. We expect demand to be high, so priority will be given to applications which:
  • Demonstrate collaborations between mental health organizations and peer-run community groups, or which involve a number of applicants from the same region
  • Are innovative in imagining ways to involve the public and to build the network in that area
To read more about the approach, see this recent article by the project administrators: Jacqui Dillon and
Gail A. Hornstein (2013). Hearing voices peer support groups: A powerful alternative for people in distress.
Psychosis, 5, 286-295.
For further information about the trainings, please contact: Caroline White, Coordinator, at (413) 539-5941 x316 or Caroline@westernmassrlc.org.
To download an information sheet and proposal guidelines, please use this link: http://www.mentalhealthexcellence.org/?p=5912