Thank you Chicago for welcoming the ICHR, and thank you Sarah Keedy, Cherise Rosen and Nev Jones for hosting an extremely successful conference on Sept. 26-27, 2016 at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
The program was wonderfully diverse (see http://www.ichr2016.org/), and we were very pleased with the stimulating conversations and the attendees’ genuine willingness to share ideas and learn from each other. We were thrilled to hear that families and carers of people who hear voices were encouraged and motivated about the presentations and speakers. We are currently looking at ways to disseminate information in a more effective way so that everyone can benefit from the latest research findings on voices, other hallucinations and related experiences.
Congratulations to Stephanie Louise, who won the 2016 travel scholarship to attend ICHR Chicago. Here is a short report from Stephanie:
I felt privileged to be one of the travel scholarship awardees afforded the opportunity to attend the ICHR satellite in Chicago last month. As both a student researcher and clinician I was pleased to see such a diverse range of presentations delivered by academics, mental health professionals and experts through experience. These presentations really highlighted the progressive, collaborative and respectful nature of research being undertaken in this field. I was both delighted and honoured to present my research amongst such a thoughtful program of presentations and the feedback I received was invaluable to both my research and clinical careers.
Stephanie Louise, PhD Candidate, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia