In March 2013, Ron Coleman, one of the leading figures of the Hearing Voices Movement, offered a keynote at Dulwich Centre’s 11th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work which inspired participants. We’re delighted to include five clips from his presentation here.
A short history of the Hearing Voices Movement
Ron begins with a lament that there was never a chance for Marrius Romme (founder of the Hearing Voices Movement) and Michael White to meet in person.
He then offers a short history of the Hearing Voices Movement. Within this history, he honours the contributions of Mickey de Valda, Jon Williams and Terence McLaughlin, all of whom have passed away.
Recovering our professions: The privileges, responsibilities and artistry of working in the mental health system
Here Ron challenges and inspires workers in the mental health system to reclaim our professions.
From ‘treatment resistant schizophrenic’ to healing away from psychiatry
Ron describes the key steps in his own healing and provides learnings for others in the process.
Power and pride: ‘Power is not given, power is taken’
Drawing on lessons from other social movements, Ron invites us to play our part in transforming understandings and practices in relation to mental health.
Dare we believe? Beyond the colonisation of madness
As a proud Scottish Celt, Ron dares to look beyond the colonisation of madness and invites us to do the same.
At the end of this presentation, Taimalie Kiwi Tamasese offers a reflection.
For further information about the work of Ron Coleman, see: