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Maastricht Interview for Unusual Beliefs & What Often Gets Called “Paranoia

January 19, 2021 @ 9:00 am January 27, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

Learn to use the Maastricht Interview tool to support people who hold unusual beliefs and/or experience what often gets called “paranoia”

This training is limited to 24 seats, and may fill up quickly!

This training has been split into four days to maximize the on-line learning potential. Attendance at ALL four sessions is required to complete the class. Dates and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 19, 9am to 4pm USA Eastern
  • Wednesday, January 20, 9am to 4pm USA Eastern
  • Tuesday, January 26, 9am to 1pm USA Eastern
  • Wednesday, January 27, 9am to 1pm USA Eastern

PLEASE NOTE: While there is some overlap between this training and the Maastricht Interview for Hearing Voices there are also some substantive differences in how the tool is used for this particular experience. If you have already taken the Maastricht Interview for Hearing Voices, and would like more information on how the two trainings are similar or different, please e-mail us!

The Maastricht Interview is a semi-structured questionnaire originally developed by science journalist, Sandra Escher, psychiatrist, Marius Romme and voice hearer, Patsy Hage. It was developed as a way to explore the voice hearing experience in depth and provide tools needed to build trust and understanding.

At this training, you will:

  • Learn how to conduct the interview
  • Undertake interviews with individuals who have experienced unusual beliefs/paranoia
  • Write reports and develop constructs
  • Develop shared understanding of this experience and ways to support people

This training is especially appropriate for providers of all kinds, but peer supporters, family members, and others are welcome and have reported positive learning experiences, as well!!

If you are on a limited income and can’t afford the ‘reduced cost’ ticket price, please e-mail us to inquire about other options.


Peter is a voice hearer who spent ten years as a psychiatric patient who heard voices, and held many unusual beliefs commonly described as ‘paranoid.’ Through learning holistic approaches and with support of the Hearing Voices Network he was able to reclaim his life from the system. He facilitates a hearing voices and paranoia support group in Sheffield. He also runs his own training and consultancy agency, Asylum Associates, and is the founding member of the Paranoia Network. He delivers teaching on hearing voices and unusual beliefs/paranoia internationally. He also teaches on the COPE initiative at Manchester University and currently undertakes a research post at the university looking at a collaborative working between voluntary sector organisations and the university. He is also undertaking research into what recovery means from the perspective of someone using services. Additionally, he co-authored the workbook Asking the Questions with Paul Hammersley and John Read, a guidebook around childhood trauma.

Peter will be joined in leading this training by other members of his team who have similar personal and training experiences.