Gail Hornstein, PhD takes the Hearing Voices approach to Utah for Mental Health Awareness Month

Public Lecture May 3

Dr. Gail Hornstein was interviewed by the local NPR affiliate last week ahead of her May 3 public lecture in Park City, Utah, “Our Minds and Each Other: Re-Imagining Mental Health“. It will be held at 6:30p.m. in the Blair Conference Center at the Park City Hospital. For more information contact Shauna Wiest, at CONNECT

Professional Development Seminar May 4

Gail will give a professional development seminar The Hearing Voices Approach: A New Paradigm for Understanding “Hallucinations” and “Psychotic States” on Thursday May 4, 2017 at the University of Utah Psychiatric Institute in Salt Lake City. For more information contact Anne Asman, Department of Psychiatry


Gail_Hornstein_FIGail A. Hornstein is an advisor to the Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund at the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. She is Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College, where she has been a member of the psychology faculty since 1978. She received her BS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972, her PhD from Clark University in 1981, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Personality and Social Structure from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981-82.  Since the 1990s, Hornstein’s research has concentrated on 20th-century psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis, supported by grants and fellowships from the National Library of Medicine, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, among other sources. She has been a visiting research fellow in the History of Science Department, Harvard University; the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College; Clare Hall, Cambridge University; Magdalen College, Oxford University; the School of Advanced Study, University of London; the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Cambridge University; the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, University of London; and the School of Advanced Study, Durham University. In 2011, she was awarded the Meribeth E. Cameron Faculty Award for Scholarship at Mount Holyoke College, and in 2014 she received the Ally Award of the Western Massachusetts Peer Network.

Hornstein’s articles, interviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in many scholarly and popular publications, and she is the author of two books: the widely-reviewed biography, To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World: The Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, and Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness, which documents the history, operation, and effectiveness of the Hearing Voices Network, among other peer-led initiatives, about which she has lectured across the US, UK, and Europe.  Her Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English (now in its 5th edition) lists more than 1,000 titles and is used by researchers, clinicians, and educators around the world.  Hornstein founded and co-facilitated one of the first hearing voices peer-support groups in the US (in Holyoke, MA) and she has trained dozens of facilitators across the Northeast.  For further information, see

jacqui-dillonJacqui Dillon is an advisor to the Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund at the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. She is a respected speaker, writer and activist, who has lectured and published worldwide on trauma, psychosis, dissociation and recovery. Her experiences of surviving childhood abuse and subsequent experiences of using psychiatric services inform her work and she is an outspoken advocate and campaigner for trauma-informed approaches to madness and distress. She has worked within mental health services for more than 15 years, in a variety of settings, including community, acute, low, medium and high secure settings, prisons, colleges and universities.

In 2005, Dillon designed a hearing voices group facilitator training course in order to create a systematic approach to developing a network of sustainable, user-led, hearing voices groups. The training course, which, unusually, trains people with personal experience of voice-hearing alongside mental health staff, has proven to be an extremely effective method of increasing the number of hearing voices groups. The course, initially piloted by the London Hearing Voices Network, has subsequently been run in many other parts of the world and has led to the formation of hundreds of hearing voices peer support groups.

Dillon 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. She 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 serves as a foreign correspondent for Mad in America ( ). Dillon is also a voice hearer.  For further information, see

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  1. TO: EXCELLENCE Editor
    I’d like to know if there is a possibility of receiving any handouts/written material pertaining to Dr. Gail Hornstein’s May 3 public lecture in Park City, Utah, on “Our Minds and Each Other: Re-Imagining Mental Health. I appreciate your time.
    Pam Arizona

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