The Connecticut Hearing Voices Network (CTHVN) is designed to enhance current opportunities for people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual sensory perceptions to find and build supportive peer communities through support groups and community education.
Using expert training and consultation from the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community we have already trained over 100 certified Support Group Facilitators and started weekly and biweekly CTHVN Support Groups. Our goal is to have groups throughout Connecticut supporting both individuals and the communities in which they live.
CTHVN’s ethos is built upon the idea that people are not broken, and that they recover best when they are surrounded by others with shared experiences who view themselves as capable individuals. We view individuals as experts on themselves, and hold that their experiences, whatever they may be, are real. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive and judgment free space at the CTHVN support groups, where people can discuss whatever they choose without fear of judgment.
Our focus is on wellness, not illness. There is no attendance or notes taken, so people can be free to express themselves with full confidentiality. Our groups are social, not clinical, and we hope to make the groups available to all who have lived experience whether they are in the community, a hospital or a prison.
CTHVN provides ongoing Facilitator Trainings. Stay tuned for future training opportunities.
Connecticut Hearing Voices Network Charter
This Charter, adapted from the hard work and careful thought of many individuals connected with Hearing Voices Network (HVN) England, identifies the qualities that define both affiliated and full group membership within HVN-USA. Only groups that clearly state that they follow the terms of this Charter are considered HVN-USA and therefore CTHVN members.