Centre for Mental Health


Trauma-focused psychological intervention for voice hearing following trauma or adversity

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a research project. The purpose of this project is to evaluate a trauma-focused treatment for voice hearing experiences. Trauma-focused treatments involve talking through traumatic events in order to process the emotion and meaning of the events and reduce their impact in the present day.

Participant criteria

To participate in the study, you must:

  • be 18 to 75 years old
  • have experienced events in your life that might be considered to be traumatic
  • hear voices, sometimes referred to as ‘auditory hallucinations’, that may be related to this traumatic event
  • be fluent in English.

Study details

Participation will involve: 

  • receiving a six-session trauma-focused psychological therapy intervention
  • completing three assessment sessions (a baseline intake assessment and follow ups at eight and 12 weeks). These sessions will involve talking about your mental health, voice hearing and past traumatic experiences and completing some paper and pencil questionnaire.
  • completing 12 days of monitoring of your voice hearing and memories of the traumatic event using a smart phone app (six days in week one and six days in week eight).

Participants will be financially reimbursed for time and travel for these assessment sessions. The assessment and intervention sessions will be held at the Voices Clinic at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn campus.

How to participate

For further information, please contact:

Rachel Brand
e: rbrand@swinburne.edu.au
t: +61 3 9214 4840