July 26th 2014- Event Paris Williams Psychologist and Author, and Beyond the Medical Model screening

rethinking Madness


On July 26th 2014, The Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ are hosting a talk by Paris Williams Psychologist and Author of Rethink Madness- www.rethinkingmadness.com 

We will share afternoon tea, then have a screening of the excellent ‘ Beyond the Medical Model’

See the trailer

All welcome.

Fickling Center, 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland
12.30pm to 3.30pm
Come along and hear Paris Williams, watch the movie, and share afternoon tea and discussion. All are welcome.
COST: $5 for waged. Voice hearers and HVNANZ members free.
We will hold our Hearing Voices Network Annual General meeting afterwards at 3.30-4.30pm if you are interested in making a difference, please stay and join in.
For Bookings please email: hvnanz@gmail.com or tel : 027 265 0266


Open Dialogue evening in Auckland May 30th 2013 with Jaana Castella


“OPEN DIALOGUE” with Jaana Castella.

an innovative approach to acute psychiatric crises developed by Jaakko SeikkulaMarkku Sutela, and their multidisciplinary team at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland. Jaana is a psychiatric nurse from the Region of Sjaelland who is trained in the “Open Dialogue” technique with Jaako Seikkula and Tom Anderson in 1999 and has been working with people with psychosis using this method and educating others in the techniques.


Fundamental to the approach is the shift away from an immediate emphasis on trying to eradicate symptoms.   The conversation, or dialogue, is not “about” the person, but a way of “being with” them and living through the crisis together.  What Tom Andersen M.D. called “withness practices” mitigates the sense of isolation and distance a frightening episode can produce and leads to a path of recovery.

Starting in the eighties, there have been a variety of research studies of Open Dialogue and its outcomes with early psychosis.The results consistently show that this approach reduces hospitalization, the use of medication, and recidivism when compared with treatment as usual. For example, in a five-year study, 83% of patients had returned to their jobs or studies or were looking for a job (Seikkula et al. 2006), In the same study, 77% did not have any residual symptoms. Such outcomes led the Finnish National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health to award a prize recognizing the Keropudas group for “the ongoing development of psychiatric care over a period of ten years.”                                                                          http://www.dialogicpractice.net/open-dialogue%E2%84%A0/

See a video trailer about the Open Dialogue method here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBjIvnRFja4

Jaana will share how Open Dialogue works and we will have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions following her talk. This event is suitable for Professionals as well as voice hearers. Jaanas focus in NZ is around Peer support.

Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ are a registered charity independent from Mental health services. Commited to providing research and support for voices and visions in NZ.

When: 7.00 to 9.00 PM Thursday 30th May 2013

Where: Room WF710 , Level 7 AUT Business  School WF Building, 42 Wakefield St, Auckland City 1142.

Cost: $20 for waged , Gold coin Koha for Unwaged. We are a registered charity. These fees will help pay expenses, and support sending our members to the World  Voices Congress in Melbourne this year.

Bookings: Adrienne at 0272650266 or email: hvnanz@gmail.com for a registration form. Please note spaces are limited. You will need to book.



 Are hosting a 1 day workshop

 “Understanding Voices and working towards






Rufus May is a clinical psychologist from the UK. He has written articles and teaches widely on psychotic experiences and recovery processes. His approach is also influenced by his experience of psychosis at the age of 18 and recovery. Rufus is an active member and supporter of the Hearing Voices Network UK .

The workshop will include:

  • Hearing Voices the experience of what are voices like 
  •  How do challenging voices behave?  How can we understand this?
  •  Hearing Voices research
  •  Coping Strategies
  •  Forming a construct/ understanding of the voice hearing experience
  •  Emotional healing, personal development work
  •  Using the Voice dialogue model to understand and work with voices (this  includes role play  exercises)
  •  Recovery stories
  •  Demonstration of using the Voice dialogue approach
When: 9.30 to 4 PM Wednesday 17th March 2010Where: Western Springs Garden Community Hall 956 Great  North Rd Western Springs.

Cost: $100 for waged-We would like to encourage support people to bring a voice hearer with them. And offer a discount of for this i.e $90 instead of $120 for both people. $20 for unwaged voice hearers and family members.

n.b Morning and afternoon tea provided. Participants to provide their own lunch.    

We are a registered charity. These fees will help support our voluntary work.

Bookings: Call Adrienne at 0272650266 for more details or email: info@hearingvoices.org.nz  for a registration form. Please note spaces are limited. If you don’t want to be disappointed you will need to book asap.

to download a flier and registration from, please visit Hearing voices Network Aotearoa NZ’s Website

Yoga Applications for Mental Health

Please feel warmly invited to two evenings of information on the Science of Yoga and its Application in Mental Health with

Visiting Neurophysiologist Philip Stevens (Swami Samnyasananda) – BSc (Psych, Physiol); BSc (hons) (Physiol); MWSCY; FWSCY

(please  see the Hearing Voices Network Website–  EVENTS for the fliers)

 ‘Yoga and Meditation for Mental Health Applications’

February, 17th Wednesday 6:30pm to 8pm

Followed by conversation over vegetarian meal – Please register for easy food planning by Mon, 15th Feb. Thank you.

St Lukes Community Centre – 30 Remuera Road – Remuera –   ‘Courtyard Room’  

Parking on site

Donation/Koha appreciated

 The Science of Yoga: Body, Breath & Balance’

Deepen your understanding of the neurophysiology of Yoga.

Learn about the benefits of yogic breathing and How it affects the heart, the brain and the nervous system.

February, 18th Thursday 6:30pm to 9pm

St Columba Centre – 40 Vermont Street – Ponsonby – ‘Brother Phelan Room’     

Free parking on site

Donation/Koha $20 suggested

 All welcome. Please feel free to extend the invitation to anyone who you think might be interested.

 Enquiries please to Brigitte Sistig: BrigitteS@orcon.net.nz or Mobile: 021-113 4171