Training - Experience Focussed Counselling

efc part 1 - 2 days

In this workshop, theoretical and practical principles are taught in the application of the <LINK _blank - "Stimmenhören verstehen und bewältigen">„Working with Voices“</link> (Coleman und Smith) workbook. 


efc part 2 - 2 days

The application of the Maastricht Interview with a person who hears voices and the Maastricht Hearing Voices report is imparted in theory and practice in this workshop. Central foundation of this workshop is the Making Sense of Voices book (Romme & Escher, 2000) - (German: "Stimmenhören verstehen) (Romme und Escher 2008). Please note: if in doubt, do please check with the English language publishers whether it is okay to download the Maastricht Interview for use. The efc Institute does not accept responsibility for its use. 


efc part 3 - 2 days

In this final workshop, the systematic decoding process to understand who and what the voices represent is the subject of enquiry. Establishing a construct in theory and practice helps in this process. Foundation for this workshop is again the "Making Sense of Voices" book by Romme & Escher (2000). 


efc part 4 - 2 days

Introduction to the theory and practice of constructive dialoguing with voices. This training can either part of the basic training or it can be organised separately. Central foundations for this part are both practice experience as well as the application of insights from Voice Dialogue according to Hal & Sidra Stone (a type of work with personality parts, which can contribute to an improvement of relationships in both voice hearers and non-voice hearers).


Training is normally provided by Dr Joachim Schnackenberg, Senait Debesay and Christian Feldmann (in Switzerland) or with Oana-Mihaela Iusco (in Germany and Austria). 

Additional training

efc Voice dialogue workshop

This workshop does not form part of the three-part basic training. In this workshop theoretical and practical foundations on voice dialogue are imparted to participants. The efc Institute will normally seek to offer these workshops in collaboration with <LINK _blank>Dr. Corstens</link> or <LINK _blank>Dr. May</link>, as they are two of the leading professionals in this area worldwide. 

Shorter training

Shorter training can last between 2 hours and 2 days and can be tailored to the individul needs of an organisation. These shorter trainings are often favoured by organisations which prefer to have an overview of the efc approach to start off with. These shorter trainings can potentially be conducted by 1 or 2 efc trainers only. 

Dr. Joachim Schnackenberg

Insights into the nature of efc work

Get to know us in a short training session. We would also be happy to come to your facility for a lecture or an informational event. You will get an insight into our work and can then decide to organize an internal training in your institution. You are also welcome to get to know us at one of our training courses in Hanover.
Dr. Joachim Schnackenberg