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Hearing Voices Group: Methods Of Assessment


1:  Methods of Assessment  Following the screening of referrals to meet the inclusion criteria it is...  click here to read on.

Following the screening of referrals to meet the inclusion criteria it is important to follow the assessment procedure in order to provide consistent assessment data

  1. KGV - Self Report Form
    The KGV assessment scale should start with the section on hallucinations then delusions, anxiety, depression, suicidality and elevated mood.
    This very long form can be used by voice hearers to fill out themselves.

    KGV - Complete Report Form
    The KGV assessment scale should start with the section on hallucinations then delusions, anxiety, depression, suicidality and elevated mood.
    This is the complete form as revised by Stuart Lancashire at the Institute of Psychiatry.

  2. The frequency of voice hearing over the last 24 hours

  3. B.A.V.Q.R
    A questionnaire designed by Chadwick, Lees and Birchwood to understand the relationship a person has with a voice.

  4. S.F.S.
    Social Functioning Scale: The ability of an individual to interact in a normal way in society: Birchwood, 1990.

  5. Interwoven with these assessments would be a brief history and a list of present coping mechanisms. If possible the events around the first episode of voice hearing could be explored.

A summary of the assessment should be sent to the voice hearer and checked with them, then a copy sent to referrer.


2:  Inclusion Criteria  The participants must:...  click here to read on.


The participants must:

  1. Hear voices.
  2. Experience distress or disruption because of the voices.
  3. Have a diagnosis of severe mental illness (Schizophrenia / Schizo-affective disorder / Bi-polar disorder).
  4. Have tried a variety of anti-psychotic medication with little effect on the voices.
  5. Have a current key worker who will liaise with the group leaders.
  6. The voice hearers should ideally be attending the Day Centre where the Hearing Voices Group is held or on the caseload of the group leaders.

3:  Assessment  Referrals are received from key workers...  click here to read on.

 

  1. Referrals are received from key workers

  2. Assessment is arranged and uses the KGV assessment tool (see links above under Methods of Assessment), which assess hallucinations; delusions; suicidality; depression; anxiety as well as other parameters. Other assessment tools included are the Social Functioning Scale, and The Beliefs About Voices Questionnaire. A Quality of Life Scale is being considered as part of the assessment.

  3. It is very useful to assess the person's ability to cope with the voices, no matter how limited they consider this to be. This coping can later be enhanced by methods discussed by Nick Tarrier (ref: Tarrier et al, 1993) and others. Charles Rapp has suggested that we pay as much attention to a person's strengths as we do to their present difficulties and weaknesses (ref: Rapp and Goscha, 2006).

4:  Supervision   The facilitators will meet with other Hearing Voices Group facilitators...  click here to read on.


The facilitators will meet with other Hearing Voices Group facilitators for joint supervision with overall supervision offered by a Clinical Psychologist.