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Young People Hearing Voices: What you need to know and what you can do

Young People Hearing Voices: What you need to know and what you can do

Sandra Escher
Marius Romme

ISBN 978 1 906254 57 5 (2012)

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This book has replaced Children Hearing Voices. The content remains unchanged.

Listen to and interview with Rachel Waddingham, a contributor to the book who works with children hearing voices: http://bit.ly/YjA9my

Young People Hearing Voices is a unique, innovative book providing support and practical solutions for the experience of hearing voices. It is in two parts, one part for voice-hearing children, the other part for parents and adult carers. Sandra Escher and Marius Romme have over twenty-five years' experience of working with voice-hearers, pioneering the theory and practice of accepting and working with the meaning in voices.

The children’s section: This book has mainly been written for children who hear voices. The information in this book is largely derived from a three-year study amongst 80 children and adolescents who were interviewed about their experiences; children who ranged in age from 8 to 19 years at first contact. Little is known about voice hearing in children. Most people still have this notion that it is a disease for life. In this book, readers will find extensive information about how to look differently at voice hearing; learning to deal with it and discovering what might help to cope with the voices.

The parents’/adults’ section: It became increasingly clear to us how little information parents of children hearing voices were getting and that if parents found information, it was almost always based on the assumption that voice hearing was a serious disease. We noticed that the children of those parents who dared to search and go their own way were doing better.

The Children's section
Part 1: what you can do if you hear voices
Introduction: How this book works
1 Voice Collective: You are not alone Rachel Waddingham             
2 What Is Voice Hearing?                 
3 How Do You Deal with the Voices?           
4 What Kind of Influence Do the Voices Have?      
5 What Happened at the Start of the Voice Hearing?          
6 What Triggers the Voices?           
7 Voices and Emotions      
8 What Explanations Are There for Voice Hearing?

Part 2: The stories of eight children
Introduction: Why did we choose these stories?
Pete, Paula, John, David, Emily, Ben, Laura, Daisy

The adult's section
Introduction to the Adults’ Section                                                                   
1 The History of Hearing Voices                                                                  
2 Current Theoretical Explanations Within Mental Healthcare
3 Non-medical Explanations of Voice Hearing                                     
4 Children Who Hear Voices: The role of psychiatric treatment Prof Sami Timimi
5 The Maastricht Interview for Children and   Adolescents Hearing Voices: Research results
6 Exploring the Experience with the Maastricht Interview
7 Completing ‘Voices’ Jigsaw Puzzles Jeanette Woolthuis
8 Children Hearing Voices and Trauma
9 Voice Collective: Learning from parents who’ve been there Rachel Waddingham
10 ‘Resonance Association’ Advice for Parents Thea Boom-Legierse
11 Parents’ Experiences Anne, Marie Louise and Karin

Through its combination of research, clinical insights, and first-person accounts, Young People Hearing Voices provides its readers with extensive guidance and information not only for understanding voice hearing, but in reframing it as a meaningful experience that can be lived with rather than an unfortunate medical abnormality to be endured. The book equips parents and professionals with the necessary skills, confidence, and knowledge to explore and understand a child’s voice hearing experiences and, most importantly, outlines the necessary resources for children to cope with their voices, any attendant emotional difficulties, and ultimately lead fulfilled, productive, and happy lives. Eleanor Longden, Bradford Primary Care Trust (UK) survivor-activist and trainer.

The information and experiences presented in this book have broadened my understanding of voice hearing and how to support young people (and all people) who hear voices, in my counseling practice. The book  is rich in information and examples of experiences that break down fixed medicalized views and stereotypes, nomalizing the experience and helping frame voice hearing in a broader context … they effectively re-frame voice hearing as 'a human characteristic and an indication of problems that need to be solved, instead of a psycho-pathological problem'. For anybody who supports children who hear voices, this is the book to read. Caroline Rosta, Counselor and psychotherapist (UK) in Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 2011.

Sandra Escher

Sandra Escher

Sandra Escher, MPhil, PhD, was a science journalist and worked as a senior researcher at the University of Maastricht, focusing on children hearing voices. She is now an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Community Mental Health, Birmingham City University.

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Marius Romme

Marius Romme

Marius Romme MD, PhD, was Professor of Social Psychiatry at the Medical Faculty of the University of Maastrict. He is now a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Community Mental Health, Birmingham City University. Together with Dr. Escher they focussed their research on the experience of hearing voices. This led to the Hearing Voices movement and  to the estabishment of support groups for voice hearers  world wide.The main result is that the voices which are heard have a function in the person's life and their characteristics are directly related to the person's emotional problems.This opens the recovery perspective for voice hearers.

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