Healing in Relationship
Our trainings center the healing power of having genuine human conversations about experiences that are often responded to with force, coercion, judgment, and fear.
Our work is grounded in anti-oppression and harm-reduction principles. We seek to deeply understand each other’s experience, and meet people wherever they are. Read our Defining Principles
Training for Anyone
All trainings are available both for peer supporters, and for providers, friends, families, and communities seeking to improve their understanding.
Meet Our Training Team
Wildflower Alliance trainers are experts in our own experiences. We have collectively spent thousands of hours offering peer support, facilitation, and trainings rooted in our own lived experience with trauma, suicide, hearing voices, addictions, homelessness, violence, disabilities, and other life-interrupting challenges.
In addition to our own training team, the Wildflower Alliance schedules and coordinates events with the following trainers:
The Hearing Voices approach offers a non-pathologizing, open way of understanding and supporting people through the experiences of hearing voices — as well as seeing visions, holding unusual beliefs, multiplicity, and other sensory experiences. This movement understands that hearing voices can be a normal part of human experience with a variety of meanings for people. This approach can be used in peer support groups or any other support context. Hearing Voices groups are widely available throughout the United Kingdom and many other countries, and are growing here in the United States.
Maastritch Training and Unusual Beliefs
The Hearing Voices approaches also includes tools for clinicians like the Maastritch interview, and approaches for working with what is commonly called paranoia, or unusual beliefs. For more information on these topics, please see our Peter Bullimore training menu.
Hearing Voices in the USA
The Wildflower Alliance has been working to promote and improve access to the Hearing Voices movement and groups since 2009, and is home to the longest running group in the United States.
The Hearing Voices USA website contains a wealth of information and resources for voice hearers, including information on accessing a support group in your area.
Alternatives to Suicide
The Alternatives to Suicide approach is about openly exploring the meaning behind thoughts and feelings of suicide, as well as what might be worth living for. In “Alt2Su” groups we find strength in coming together to support one another in our times of greatest distress. Our collective wisdom and individual stories have taught us that making space for this topic can be powerful and healing, whether in a peer support setting or anywhere else these conversations come up.
There are many myths and fears around this sort of approach and around suicide in general that Wildflower Alliance trainings seek to dispel and move past.
Is this “Suicide Prevention”?
The goal is not to simply force someone to stay alive from moment to moment. Rather, it is to support them to create meaning and a life that they want to live. Not killing one’s self is simply a side-effect of all that.
The Alternatives to Suicide Charter, created by the Wildflower Alliance, lays out the principles and guidelines of running Alternatives to Suicide support groups.
Systemic Oppression and Peer Support
Power Imbalances in Mental Health Settings
Understanding and Transforming Language
Gender and Sexuality
Alternative to Suicide
Starting a Peer Run Respite
Developing a Recovery Learning Community
Moving Beyond the Medical Model
Support and Facilitation Skills
Understanding the Impact of Trauma
Trauma Sensitivity in Medical Settings
Substance Use Harm Reduction
Working with Paranoia / Unusual Beliefs
24 Hour Trainings
16 Hour Trainings
8 Hour Trainings
3-4 Hour Trainings
2 Hours or less
*Does not include travel and lodging, price varies depending on number of separate days, and whether online or in-person. Sliding scale available where needed.