Making Sense of Voices

Jacqui Dillon
Jacqui Dillon, Chair, Hearing Voices UK

The international Hearing Voices Movement, an international collaboration between experts by experience and experts by profession, contests the traditional psychiatric relationship of dominant-expert clinician and passive-recipient patient, and views voice-hearing as a significant and meaningful human experience, for which there are numerous explanations. The combined experience of voice-hearers and professionals has overseen the development of ways of working with people who hear voices that draw on the value of peer support and which help people to live peacefully and positively with their experiences. In this workshop, Jacqui will explore the subjective experience of hearing voices and explore current research and innovative approaches to supporting people in making sense of voice hearing experiences.


Jacqui Dillon is a respected speaker, writer and activist, and has lectured and published worldwide on trauma, psychosis, dissociation and recovery. Jacqui is the national Chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England, Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University and Visiting Research Fellow at The Centre for Community Mental Health, Birmingham City University. Jacqui is the co-editor of Living with Voices, an anthology of 50 voice hearers stories of recovery, Demedicalising Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human Condition and the 2nd Edition of Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis. She has published numerous articles and papers, is on the editorial board of the journal Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches and a foreign correspondent for Mad in America. Jacqui is also a voice hearer. See