Starting & Sustaining Hearing Voices & Paranoia Support Groups



A TWO-DAY SKILLS’ BASED WORKSHOP:  6th and 7th December 2018

FOLLOW-UP DAY: 1st April 2019


School of Nursing and Human Sciences

Dublin City University


Facilitator: Peter Bullimore, an internationally renowned voices and paranoia trainer

 Background to the Workshop:

There are now a number of Hearing Voices Groups in Ireland ( )

To continue the development of a network of Hearing Voices Groups, a 2-day training programme for people interested in becoming group facilitators is now again available. A follow-up 1 day workshop is also provided to provide support and guidance for those who have completed the training and are facilitating a group.  Please note that you should be able to commit to both sets of workshops.

This is a free workshop, funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit (NMPDU) and organised by the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing ( ).

Aim of the Workshop:

A 2-day workshop for mental health staff and people with lived experience who want to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate a Hearing Voices Support Group.  On completion of the workshop, participants will be expected to start a hearing voices group or co-facilitate an existing group.  A 1-day follow-up workshop in April will provide support and guidance for those who have completed the training in their endeavours to set-up and facilitate groups.


Workshop Content:

Hopes & fears of starting a group

Why start a group?

Therapy or therapeutic group

Ground rules & starting points

The role of the facilitator

Benefits of a group

Understanding group members & communication skills

Conflict management & coping with difficult members

Extending the group

Reviewing the group

What are the challenges & rewards?

Support for facilitators

This workshop is targeted primarily at mental health nurses, whose applications will be prioritised, but applications are also open to other mental health workers and people who experience voices, visions and paranoia.

To book a place, please complete the application form below and email to or post to the address on the form. Places are limited, so early booking is advised. Successful applicants will be informed by the 23rd of November.

Hearing Voices Support Group workshop flyer and application