19/03/2011 | Feedback | 48 Comments
If you have heard me speak at a training event or conference, I’d love to get your feedback too. Just add your comments to the bottom of this post.
With thanks, Jacqui
Tags: Activism, Campaigning, Inspiration, Jacqui On Tour
Just wanted to say what a great website this is! LOVE the butterflies. Its incredibly impressive to see all your work and activism collated in one place- you should be VERY proud of yourself!
So pleased that you like my new website Bex – Rachel did a fantastic job! I LOVE the butterflies too – they are a collage of old, cut up magazines. It is very satisfying to have all my work in one place – I am feeling rather proud of my work!
I just wanted to write to thank you for the workshop you put on yesterday. I found the experience deeply moving and thought provoking, you are a truly inspirational woman and listening to you reminded me of that profound strength and resilience that lies within us all.
I felt completely drained at the end of yesterday but ironically came back to work today full of energy and enthusiasm. I have just had a session with a client who hears voices and I felt that I could empathise with what was going on for him in a way that was much more helpful to him than before. I feel really positive about the collaborative work that I can be part of in the future.
Wishing you all the best,
I just wanted to thank for you taking the time to write with such wonderful feedback. You expressed so eloquently what moved and inspired you about the workshop – so great to hear – I was really touched by your words.
All the best,
In a movement that is filled with charismatic and pioneering individuals, I believe that posterity will remember the work of Jacqui Dillon for several reasons, but not least because of her generosity of spirit and strength of vision.
Jacqui’s courage is contagious, her intelligence luminous, and her wit, wisdom, beauty and strength an inspiration to all those who are fortunate enough to hear her speak and share her story. She has a brilliant capacity to negotiate and blend the experiential, academic, personal, and political, in a way that fortifies and inspires an audience. Her legacy is in the people she has inspired, the lives she has touched, and the theory and practice she continues to shape and influence through her writing, speaking, and training.
Thank you Jacqui, for being you!
And thank you brilliant, brave, beautiful Eleanor, for being YOU!
Great to see your new website Jacqui. Hope it helps get your ideas out to even more people than have already had the privilege of hearing you speak or of using your various other skills! More power to your wondrous elbow.
Thanks John for all your support of my work – it means so much to me and my wondrous elbow.
We have been gifted to have Jacqui deliver training for us in Melbourne, Australia, and look forward to her third installment in May this year.
Jacqui’s messages continue to resonate here in Australia, and we are so happy to see more and more mental health workers willing to work with the impacts of trauma.
People who have attended Jacqui’s training tell us frequently how deeply it has affected them, and how much they have learnt, and changed, as a result. She gives us all deep insights, courage, and powerful ideas.
Don’t stop this important work Jacqui – your gifts are immeasurable!
I have no intention of stopping Indigo – I am a woman on a mission!
Thanks so much for that brilliant feedback – put a huge smile on my face! I am so looking forward to coming back to Melbourne in a few weeks and hearing more about all of the fabulous work you are all doing there. I have tonnes of great, new material to share with all you lovely people – prepare to be inspired!
Abuse, Trauma and Dissociation: Understanding and Working Towards Recovery with Eleanor Longden.
The best training I have attended in the past 15 years – a great mix of personal experience and insights from well-known (and not so well known) therapists in the field, all backed up by academically sound research. At times extremely moving, the two days past quickly due to the presenters’ wit and illuminating critiques of how clinicians like me can, despite our best intentions, sometimes harm as much as we help. I left inspired to try new things and avoid common pitfalls.
Dr Guy Holmes
Wow that’s so great to hear Guy – thanks so much for that brilliant feedback. You were a great partcipant – you asked lots of important questions and were willing to share your thoughts, feelings and reflections which was so valuable for us all. Look forward to working on that manifesto!
Can’t wait to see you in Sheffield tomorrow, as a student MHN and MIND volunteer I am just doing a bit of research so I can make the most of tomorrow. Your experience is very moving and your story inspirational. I for one am completely inspired by what I have seen so far on this excellent website and am looking forward to challenging the status quo @ Uni encouraging more talking therapies and less pharmacological straight jackets, you are at the center of a positive revolution in Mental Health.:)
Hope you enjoyed the Sheffield training Rich – sorry we never got to meet face to face – and very pleased to hear that you like my new website – you’ve got great taste! Brilliant that you plan to encourage more talking therapies in your work – way to go! Good luck with all of your work.
Congratulations Jacqui on the stunning successes of your trip to the US
Just a short note to wish you a happy holidays and thank you for the great talks I’ve witnessed.
Please dont forget us end-users!
Thank you so much for sharing your story and knowledge with us. I was deeply moved by your story, and the modesty with which you presented it. You have inspired me to continue living and learning, so that one day, I can make a difference too. You are an incredible person for having survived what you did, and your life as it is now is a testament to your fortitude and courage. You’re amazing!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write and let me know how moved and inspired your felt by hearing my story, especially that you felt inspired to continue living and learning. No doubt you too will one day be out there inspiring others and making a difference as well – so you MUST keep on keeping on! With all best wishes, Jacqui
I could not write my thoughts any better than those above have articulated, especially what you wrote Eleanor about Jacqui’s intellect and compassion – perfect.
You are a remarkable inspiration Jacqui. I greatly admire your fierce determination to light more candles in the darkness. Thank you for all your shared with us here in Perth Western Australia last week. You were a most fantastic presenter. Very engaging. what really stood out for me is the love/compassion you showed to all members of the audience as you imparted your message. You could feel it in the room.
Well done. May your coming days, until we see you next, be filled with peace, love and all the support and compassion you need for yourself.
Wow its wonderful to receive such brilliant feedback – I feel very lucky to have such lovely appreciation of me and my work – thank you! I really enjoyed my time in Perth – I met some fabulous people who were very receptive to my message which is so encouraging and heartening. It was wonderful to meet you – a fellow traveller, soul sister, woman on a mission.
Until next time…Jacqui
Thanks Jacqui for coming to Bristol today to give a talk to the Bristol Hearing Voices Network about your own experiences and the wider hearing voices movement. I was touched by your courageous honesty and wisdom that filled me with hope and optimism about overcoming the struggle we face. I hope you can return to Bristol again in the future and help us develop our trainers package…
Good on you Jacqui for the fantastic work you are doing both in the UK and abroad…
Oh thanks for that Nick – very kind of you – your words have put a big smile on my face! I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon with the Bristol Hearing Voices Network. What a great group of people! I would be delighted to help develop your trainers package in the future so let’s stay in touch and work out the best way to make that happen. In the meantime, take good care and hope to see you all again sometime soon…
Although I unfortunately missed your speeches way back at Building Bridges 2008 I very much admire the title of your newest book coming out in September – The Medicalisation of Misery fits my opinions very exactly and I do admire your ability in writing it and will get a copy as soon as possible
I attended your workshop on Wirral yesterday and I was very impressed. I wondered if you can signpost me to voice hearing professional contacts in my region so that i can get involved. I have had a diagnosis for 22 years and I have experienced psychosis a number of times so i understand the issues. However, I have managed to get myself a professional qualification as a counsellor and I am currently doing my CBT programme as well. I have worked privately on a number of personal theories surround voice hearing and as you said yesterday there is work yet to be done. I feel I cannot run away from this very important work and I want to get involved with people, hearers, carers, other professionals, and play a part in intervention, acceptance, coping and managing. I will wait to hear from you, Many thanks and thank you again for the fantastic work you are doing to raise awareness and educate the population worldwide. Regards, Maureen Brumby
Hi Jacqui,I attended your event on 9th June on the Wirral, which I found fascinating. Would it be possible to email a copy of your presentation over to me.
(PS I’m the guy who works in Supported Employment with a sister who hears voices).
I just wanted to say I thought your presentation in Victoria this week was fantastic. I agree with everything you said and as a support worker it was great to get some ideas for how to work with clients who experience voices, particularly engaging directly with the voices and trying to establish a positive relationship and a healthy dialogue with them. I’m also hoping a few of our clients will get involved with the HVN group when it starts up.
Thanks so much,
Thank you so much for traveling to the US to facilitate the Hearing Voices Training in Glens Falls, NY. It was an incredible training. I can’t wait to get more Hearing Voices groups started in the US.
Please come back to the States soon!
Sorry the wonded healer won’t be happening. I really need it at the moment. Get well soon.
Love Mims (The archetypal wonded healer)
Just fell upon your website. Have seen Jacqui speak on a couple of occasions…………….both not only moving,informative,thought provoking but real. Due to the common denominator of training budget cuts i won’t be attending many courses but would like to thank-you for the impression you have made on me along with (to name but 4)Peter B,Ron C,Rufus M, Sandra E.)
Keep it real
Brillant you,dig your site and layout. The creative mastery touched with whimsy so delightful !
Undercover angel with a message for healing & happiness…
Peace for the close of this year of 2011
peace laughter love for the new year
Until next time ~
Roe NY USA
voices of the heart,inc.
Love the website!
The butterfly design is just superb.
I’m particularly impressed by the page of satanic ritual abuse and mind control (http://www.jacquidillon.org/resources/ritual-abuse/).
Could you cover CIA involvement more in SRA/Mind Control/DID? You reference one of Colin Ross’s books but there is way more on the subject. A key cause of DID is ongoing CIA experiements into Mind Control, and I think the British secret services are doing the same.
Satanists and witches are still up to their work, just as they were in the 1990s. Your work is helping to illuminate the world to the abuse such people perform and your written work and speeches are vital.
Can’t wait to hear you speak!
Completely agree with you diagnosis is not a valid way to treat a human being and has no value in relation to working with people who are experiencing mental distress! Well done for the site Jacqui, jacx
Hi i have never herd you personally speak but had the pleasure of seeing a dvd featuring yourself thanks to ros and kellie.
And i felt at ease after seeing it cause i too was not alone and went through alot of horrific trauma.
I really just wanted to thank you i belive recovery is possable with a healthy relationship with my parts of self WE are trying to change our future thanks too a great sight like this and people like yourself.
Thanks everyone aswell reading c:
I am really pleased that the DVD that the lovely Ros and Kellie showed you helped you to feel less alone – that is great news. You are right – recovery IS possible, even when you have experienced lots of horrific trauma and its so good that you know that having a healthy relationship with all the parts of yourself is both possible and healing.
Wishing you all the best on your journey.
All best wishes,
Heard you speak at Loughborough University the other week in John Cromby’s lecture (I was the guy sat right in front of you).
Just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you for taking the time out to come in and share your heart and thoughts with us – very inspiring and challenging to hear. You did a great job in helping sum up a lot of what John had been trying to get across to us throughout the module as well as injecting a shot of adrenaline into our flagging (after 4 years of uni) spirits.
Above and beyond the specifics of what you said, for me (and some of my fellow students whom I talked to afterwards) it was your passion for seeing things changed that really caught us. That and your unwillingness to settle for anything less than a humane and realistic approach to human experience becoming the norm, and your determination to break through the barriers that stand against such an approach being accepted.
Thanks for lobbing petrol on the embers of our undergraduate hearts
I so appreciate you taking the time to write and thank me for the lecture at Loughborough – your message put a big smile on my face! I loved the description of lobbing petrol on the embers of your undergraduate hearts – brilliant! I really enjoyed the lecture and I am delighted to hear that it had such an impact on you and fired you up – I’m sure it was well needed after 4 long years of study! You’re right about my passion and commitment to creating humane approaches to extreme distress – I hope that you and some of your fellow students will join me, in some way, in that endeavour.
In the meantime, wishing you all the best in completing your course – good luck!
Well done Jacqui for chairing a great Hearing Voices Network 25th Anniversary conference – some great talks from Marius Romme, Rachel Waddingham (at short notice – inspirational as ever), Ron Coleman and Kate Crawford (whose brutal honesty was quite amazing). Workshops were also highly informative and so much better than the quite awful training that is mandatory for people like me in the NHS. The plenary made me think back to the 1970s…’emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds’…
here’s looking forward to the next 25 years.
Hi Jacqui, I heard you speak in Cork – so eloquent and so inspirational!
No personal Voices, but your words remain very much in my mind a week later.
Thank you. annie
That is lovely to hear Annie – thank you for taking the time to let me know that – very kind of you.
I think it has been around 2 years since Jacqui visited the provider I worked for in New England. She remains one of those moments in my life I could simply never forget, ever. Simply extraordinary. As a person who identifies as having lived psychiatric experience, working as a Peer Support Coordinator, I just found myself wishing everyone in our entire agency wide communitry had been there. The more we assume perspectives and techniques and trainings and storytelling – THE LESS THEY ARE CAN CONTINUE TO DISMISS AND IGNORE US. She gave herself that day and love of that caliber is gold. Thank you Jacqui.
I’m working with a person who has struggled with voices who push her to do things that endanger her life and those of others, by overdosing on meds driving erratically and keeping a gun in her home. Early on in therapy, she revealed sexual abuse, physical abuse by the uncle who sexually abused her, abuse by the school system and being labeled a bad person by the mental health community. She is starting to work on listening and responding to the voices. Instead of trying to drown them out, I am encouraging her to begin a dialogue with them, the thought being that in some way she (as the voices is trying to protect herself. Any comments on the direction I am pursuing. Coping with trauma-related dissociation by van der Hart, Steele and Boon is one of my guides.
Rarely in life do we meet people who are truly inspirational…Jacqui is one of those people.
The presentation Jacqui gave us today validates those of us with similar beliefs and I hope alters the perceptions of those who still believe that hearing voices is an abnormality that is to be eradicated.
I sat in awe at the Nottingham Meeting yesterday (21/02/2013) at you addressing the complex issues that befall us voice hearers, relating to proffesionals, stigmas and medication.
Please accept my thank you for such an in depth, so accurate, so precise talk.
As you were speaking I could not divert myself from my own trauma, and experienced an overwhelming empathy for you. You are so exact in what you say.
I myself will not take medication and think myself very lucky that I have a doctor that knows it’s not the answer.
I will pass on the experiences I learned from your lectures.
It will never be forgotten!
Thank You once more
Hi jacqui. I heard you speak at an employee training course. I found what you had to say excellent. I’ve been watching and reading quite a bit of information on the use of drugs in psychiatry. Its shocking and makes me not want to be a part of the profession. Do you have any tips on how to get into research in this area like yourself? Many thanks.
Hi Jacqui. I heard you talk on the two day training course that you ran with Eleanor in Bristol/Keynsham on the 13/14 March 2013. You are a really great speaker and I was truly inspired and fired up by what you and Eleanor taught us and spoke about. It all made so much sense to me and validated how I have come to understand mental health problems and the work/help that I attempt to do with service users/fellow human beings. Keep up the good work.
P.s what did you refer ‘BPD’ as standing for?
Thanks for your email. Great to hear that you found the course so helpful and inspiring! You were a great participant too – lots of excellent, thoughtful questions and comments. Hope to see you again.
PS – I referred to BPD as standing for Bullshit Psychiatric Diagnosis!
I had the pleasure of hearing Jacqui speak at the recent Family Care Foundation conference in Sweden. Anyone who gets the chance to hear her speak should jump at the chance. The combination of her heartfelt communication about the experiences she has been through and her down-to-earth common sense is both refreshing and inspiring.
She is testimony to the potential for healing in all of us, no matter how much suffering we have endured, and she offers new hope to those who have and who continue to suffer.
Thank you Jacqui!
Thanks so much for taking the time to share that lovely feedback Nick – really, very much appreciated! Was great to meet you in Sweden – hope our paths cross again sometime soon!
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