Hearing voices peer support groups: a powerful alternative for people in distress

  title={Hearing voices peer support groups: a powerful alternative for people in distress},
  author={Jacqui Dillon and Gail A. Hornstein},
  pages={286 - 295}
Hearing voices peer support groups offer a powerful alternative to mainstream psychiatric approaches for understanding and coping with states typically diagnosed as “hallucination.” In this jointly authored first-person account, we distill what we have learned from 10 years of facilitating and training others to facilitate these groups and what enables them to work most effectively in the long term. Having witnessed the transformative power of these groups for people long considered unreachable… Expand
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