Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 88, Issue 4, pp 769–785 | Cite as

The hearing voices network: initial lessons and future directions for mental health professionals and Systems of Care

  • Thomas Styron
  • Lauren Utter
  • Larry Davidson
Review Article


For more than two decades, the Hearing Voices Network (HVN) has provided alternative approaches to supporting voice hearers, and an emerging body of research is now confirming their value. HVN approaches present unique opportunities and challenges for mental health professionals and systems of care that work with individuals who hear voices. An overview of the HVN is presented, including its history, principles and approaches. HVN approaches are compared and contrasted with traditional mental health treatments. HVN’s potential contribution to the transformation of mental health care is discussed. Directions for future research are presented.


Hearing voices Hearing voices network Hearing voices movement Auditory Hallucinations Support groups Mental health services Mental health Transformation. 



A special thank you to Debra Lampshire, Berta Britz, Oryx Cohen, and Arana Pearson for sharing your knowledge of the HVN with us.

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The authors have no conflict of interest as set forth in psychiatric quarterly’s conflict of interest form


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Parsons Child and Family CenterHudsonUSA

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