Though Le Pavois was established in 1989, the “Living Better with Voices” program is a more recent initiative. The program was established in 2005, inspired by the international movement of voice hearers and recent research conducted at Laval University.
Structure of the Program
Individuals enrolled in the program meet weekly for two hours, where they develop a structure of personal thought, which is used to work with their voices. Through an individualized plan, and actions, exercises, strategies and sharing with people who are coping with their voices positively, participants learn about their voices, and how to make sense of, and regain control over, them.
The first hour of the meeting is devoted to sharing the experiences lived by participants during the past week, as related to the voices and the strategies used to create change. The second hour is devoted to content from the volume (e.g. adaptation stages, journal of voices, negotiating with the voices, and commitment for the week).
The objectives of these meetings are to:
- Allow the participants to freely discuss their voices in a respectful context
- Find alternative explanations to the phenomenon of voices than those related to symptoms of mental illness
- Learn about research and experiments with people who hear voices in other countries
- Know and apply different strategies and approaches to better cope with the voices
- Develop a structure of personal thought that will facilitate adaptation to the phenomenon of voices
- Seek empowerment over their voices and their life.
Trainings and Research
Awareness training, provided by the non-profit, is also available to community organizations, hospital centers and people in recovery (and their carers).
Le Pavois has also worked with Laval University to further research evidence on this topic. Research studies have been conducted to validate the program. The team has also written documents and a book on the topic.
Other Related Initiatives by Le Pavois
Le Pavois created the REVQuébécois (Quebec Voice Hearers Network) and is now supported by two other organizations (AQRP and ROBSM). The network aims to promote an approach to voice hearers which accepts, supports and integrates their experiences and their different perceptions as related to the voices. It mobilizes and supports emerging groups, creates awareness, exchange and development activities, provides information on its website, and liaises with national and international networks.
The program team has produced a DVD entitled "Living with the Voices" in which different people who hear voices educate us about their experiences and allows us to understand this human phenomenon.