This fund is intended to support the first ever Hearing Voices Group Facilitator training in Israel. Clinicians belonging to ISPS-Israel (International Society for Psycholocial and Social Approaches) have already commissioned multiple very successful and well-attended Hearing Voices workshops as offered by the Wildflower Alliance (formerly known as the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community). As a result, buy-in to this approach is increasing, and individuals from Israel have been staying up until all hours of the night to access on-line Hearing Voices groups being operated in the United States.
This has led to demand for training in Israel to support the development of new facilitators, and help the Hearing Voices movement really take root. While some of this work has been able to be done on-line - due to language barriers, time differences, and overall imitations of on-line learning - it is necessary to bring an in-person training to Israel as soon as COVID conditions allow and to make this effort sustainable.
Thanks to a small grant from Open Excellence, we are well on our way toward making this plan a reality. However, we need more support (for translation of materials, travel expenses, etc.) to make it truly possible. Please consider helping us bring this dream to life, and build access for people who hear voices, see visions, and have other related experiences to this approach which many of called life changing.
About the Hearing Voices Approach: The Hearing Voices approach is based on a fundamental belief that there are many ways to understand the experience of hearing voices and other unusual or extreme experiences. The approach has grown out of an international collaboration between professionals, people with lived experience, and their families to develop an alternative approach to coping with emotional distress that is empowering and useful to people, and does not start from the assumption that they have a chronic illness. To learn more, visit Hearing Voices USA or watch the attached film, 'Beyond Possible: How the Hearing Voices Approach Transforms lives.'
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