Explore a range of AVATAR-related resources and useful links below.
Craig, T. K., Rus-Calafell, M., Ward, T., Leff, J. P., Huckvale, M., Howarth, E., ... & Garety, P. A. (2018).
AVATAR therapy for auditory verbal hallucinations in people with psychosis: a single-blind, randomised controlled trial.
The Lancet Psychiatry, 5(1), 31-40.
Ward, T., Rus-Calafell, M., Ramadhan, Z., Soumelidou, O., Fornells-Ambrojo, M., Garety, P., & Craig, T. K. (2020).
AVATAR therapy for distressing voices: A comprehensive account of therapeutic targets.
Schizophrenia Bulletin, 46(5), 1038–1044.
Rus-Calafell, M., Ward, T., Zhang, X. C., Edwards, C. J., Garety, P., & Craig, T. (2020).
The role of sense of voice presence and anxiety reduction in AVATAR therapy.
Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(9), 2748.
O’Brien, C., Rus‐Calafell, M., Craig, T. K., Garety, P., Ward, T., Lister, R., & Fornells‐Ambrojo, M. (2021).
Relating behaviours and therapeutic actions during AVATAR therapy dialogue: An observational study.
British Journal of Clinical Psychology.
PRESENTATIONS & CONFERENCES
AVATAR2 Launch Event
Our Launch Event on 11th January 2021 was a huge success. If you missed it, you can watch the full recording here in which Professor Philippa Garety, Professor Tom Craig and the trial team introduce the AVATAR2 trial and provide software demonstrations and Q&A.
What is hearing voices?
This three minute animation explores what it’s like to hear voices, how common they are, and the different ways in which people interpret and find meaning in voice-hearing experiences.
Produced by Hearing the Voice, Durham University
Coping with voices: Being with people
Hearing voices can come in many forms – some voices are friendly, helpful, insightful and inspiring whilst others are scary, critical or commanding. This animation, produced by the University of Oxford and the McPin Hearing Voices Lived Experience Advisory Panel, shares the stories of people who hear one type of voices: those which threaten them or criticise them. Our hope is that this animation inspires more conversations about voices, because nobody should be hearing nasty voices alone.
This invaluable website contains over 100 pages of information on different ways of understanding voices and supporting those who are struggling to cope with their experiences.
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.
Voices in the dark: An audio story
What’s it like to hear voices? Are they hallucinations or a normal human experience? Chris Chapman explores what they are, why they happen and how they are being understood. Produced by Mosaic - the Wellcome Trust’s online science magazine, the podcast features interviews with researchers from Hearing the Voice researchers at Durham University as well as some familiar faces from our own Avatar research.