International Conference: Hearing Voices and Recovery - with Ron Coleman & Karen Taylor

Speakers & Contributors (currently):

Ron Coleman & Karen Taylor (expert by experience/training & by training, Scotland)

Christian Feldmann (expert by experience, Switzerland)

Oana-Mihaela Iusco (expert by experience, Austria)

Senait Debesay (expert by training, Germany)

Dr. Joachim Schnackenberg (expert by training, Germany & England)

Dagmar Loose (expert by training, Germany)

Nicole Hilgers (expert by experience) & Thomas Mann (expert by training) German Hearing Voices Network, Berlin & Lübeck, Deutschland)


19. and 20. January 2018 in Kropp, Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany

As a recovery expert and former long-standing psychiatric patient with a diagnosis of chronic schizophrenia, Ron Coleman is one of the most sought after speakers for conferences and trainings of the international Hearing Voices and Recovery Movement. Together with his wife Karen Taylor (mental health nurse and recovery pioneer) he is going to present the keynote speeches and workshops on both Friday and Saturday.

Additional speakers and contributors include, among others, Christian Feldmann, Switzerland (expert-by-experience and peer), Oana-Mihaela Iusco, Austria (expert-by-experience, group facilitator), Senait Debesay, Hannover (EFC trainer & consultancy, including for children/young people), Dr. Joachim Schnackenberg, Kropp and England (EFC trainer & researcher), Dagmar Loose, Kropp (MBSR trainer), and Nicole Hilgers & Thomas Mann (German Hearing Voices Network, Berlin, Germany).

Please note: some of the speakers will only speak German. A translation may potentially be provided for some or all of these contributions.



efc Institut & Stiftung Diakoniewerk Kropp

Conference address:

Haus Kana, Johannesallee, 24848 Kropp, Northern Germany


Target audience:

The conference is aimed at people who hear voices and/or who are interested in recovery, friends and family, as well as professionally interested persons, e.g. from the fields of psychiatry, psychotherapy, therapeutic education and social work.



The psychotherapeutic association of the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein recognises this conference with 12 points.



Ron Coleman & Karen Taylor - Working to Recovery (Isle of Lewis, Schottland);

Dr. Joachim Schnackenberg - efc Institute and Diakonie Kropp, North of Germany

Senait Debesay - efc Institute and child and adolescence psychiatric out-patient clinic, Hanover, Germany

Christian Feldmann - efc Institute and recovery support worker in Burgdorf, Switzerland

Oana-Mihaela Iusco - efc Institute and group facilitator and student, Graz, Austria


Additional workshop facilitators:

Dagmar Loose - Diakonie Kropp and MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) trainer

Nicole Hilgers & Thomas Mann (German Hearing Voices Network, Berlin, Germany)

additional speakers and workshop facilitators will potentially be confirmed.


Conference facilitator:

Dr. Joachim Schnackenberg (Kropp, Schleswig-Holstein, North of Germany and Essex, England)


Conference programme:

You can find an overview of the conference programme here. Please note: we reserve the right to change the programme at short notice.


Conference fee per participant:

2-day conference (including drinks & food): 329 €*

Early bird rate - registration by 31 October: 299 €

A social get together in the evening of the 19.01.2018 (optional): 30 €

*For people without their own income or people who are on a small income, there will be a limited number of spaces available at reduced prices. Should you be interested in making use of this option, please contact the efc Institute via phone (00491747643969) or e-mail (info[at]


The registration deadline was extended beyond the 30 November 2017, so that registrations will continue to be possible - if spaces allow:

You can register here.

Potential registrations will have to be cancelled once the limited spaces available have been filled.



The Hotel Wikingerhof in Kropp (Tel: 0049 (0)4624/700) has reserved some rooms until mid-December 2017 for potential conference participants. The Hotel Romantisches Landhaus in Kropp can be contacted on: 0049 (0)4624/803289). Both are situated within 5 minutes walk of the conference venue.



Nearest train stations are Owschlag, Rendsburg and Schleswig. The venue is about 15 min drive away from Schleswig or Rendsburg and about 10 minutes away from junction 7 (Owschlag/Hüttener Berge) of the motorway A7.