Mad in America’s Upcoming Mad Studies Webinar Series


Trauma-focussed therapy for distressing voices- research study

Dear all

Please assist with the recruitment of participants in this important research project. This will support the group who have recently published this important research!AqYGk_fU0MRtgbRQcYMRgUVb_7BrfQ

Rachel Brand has written:

I am a Clinical Psychologist working at The Voices Clinic in Melbourne. We are currently running a pilot trial (part of my PhD) evaluating a trauma-focussed therapy for people who hear distressing voices.

The therapy involves talking about past traumatic or stressful events in a safe space with a therapist in order to process and make sense of the memories. We are using an adapted version of imaginal exposure and seeing the trial as a ‘proof of concept’ to see whether exposure can help with distressing voices that are related to trauma. We hope to contribute to knowledge about whether/how exposure might be used as part of a wider, phased, trauma focussed therapy for people who hear distressing voices.

I am wondering whether you would be willing to share information about the study through your networks?

We are seeking Melbourne/Victoria based people who currently hear distressing voices, who identify as having experienced traumatic or stressful events, and who are at a point in their recovery in which they would like to access a trauma-focussed therapy that aims to address the impact of these events.

This study is being run by myself as part of my PhD studies, with Neil Thomas. Susan Rossell, and Sarah Bendall all supervising. We also have had consultation and input from international experts in the delivery of trauma-focussed therapies for people experiencing psychosis.

I am attaching a leaflet and more information can also be found at

Please let me know if there is any more information I can provide. I would be very happy to talk more with you about the project.

Best wishes,


Dr Rachel Brand

Clinical Psychologist
The Voices Clinic
Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre

PhD Candidate
Centre for Mental Health
School of Health Sciences | Swinburne University of Technology
Email: rbrand | Phone: (03) 9214 4840

The RECALL Project: Evaluating a trauma-focussed therapy for voice hearing experiences –

Sign Up by May 1st for an Early Bird Discount on MIA’s Upcoming Webinar Series!

Live Webinar of the 25th Int. Symposium on Controversies in Psychiatry

8th Service User Academia symposium – save the date

Digital Version of Asylum Magazine issue 24.4

Asylum Text 24.4 electronic.pdf

Child Abuse & Neglect: Alert 25 November-02 December

Three of these 11 articles are open access, and could be of interest to clinicians who support victims of these abuses, and the victims themselves

Free Event! Young People‚Äôs Experiences of Family Violence Melbourne

Psychosis and Society Professor Peter Gotzsche and Robert Whitaker Lecture Tour Australia and New Zealand Feb. 2018

Dear Bill

Thanks for posting this, it will be fascinating to see how these talks are received.

It’s an interesting time, for example, with Lynne Malcolm (All in the Mind, on ABC RN) speaking to progressive thinkers like Peter Kinderman, Flick Grey and Mike Slade in quick succession.

Regarding the medication issues, this simple approach was posted today on the DISSOC list, which some on this list will have seen: "A rule of thumb is to take one month for each taper for every year on antidepressants."

In this approach, a "taper" is some step down amount – a small part of the dose being reduced – often 10%, so reducing to 90% at the first taper, 80% at the second, etc.)

It would be great of the College of Psychiatry, or of General Practice were to produce some standards for de-medicating (and perhaps for de-diagnosing as well, at some point). I wonder if we might hear that something about this as a result of the tour.

And I would like to add a reminder to other readers that Bob Whittaker and his supporters’ web site is as well as the tour site,

Also, you might not have seen that Will Hall’s book Outside Mental Health: Voices And Visions Of Madness is now available for free download.


Best Wishes
Philip Benjamin(+61) 0418 887 007

(+44) 07482 700 287

On 14 November 2017 at 22:52, bill thomson <wjt1952> wrote:

Dear Phil,

Our plans are going very well. In Feb 2018 we have Peter Gotzsche and Bob Whitaker on a 3 week lecture tour : Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Christchurch, Wellington Hamilton and Auckland. For more info. and bookings see our site at A mention to your group would be appreciated.



Week in Review – Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care