MA, DiplPW, PhD Candidate, Therapist and Trainer
Will Hall, MA, DiplPW, PhD Candidate Maastricht University, is a therapist and trainer internationally recognized for his innovative work with psychosis treatment, psychiatric medications, and changing the social response to madness. He is host of Madness Radio on KBOO FM in Oregon, co-founder of Freedom Center, co-founder of Portland Hearing Voices, past Board member of the Hearing Voices Network and of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Healthcare, and a past co-coordinator of The Icarus Project. Will was trained in Open Dialogue at the Institute for Dialogic Practice and holds a Diploma in Arnold Mindell’s Process Oriented Psychology. A schizophrenia-diagnosis survivor who was forced into treatment at San Francisco’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, Will is a longtime organizer with the international psychiatric survivor movement, and has appeared in several documentary films including Crazywise, Healing Voices, and Coming off Psych Drugs; A Meeting of Minds.
He has received media coverage in the New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Radio New Zealand, Radio Sarajevo, and The Guardian. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Best Practices in Mental Health and Oxford University’s Textbook of Modern Community Mental Health Work: An Interdisciplinary Approach, and his new book is Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness. His awards include the Judi Chamberlin Advocacy Award and the Stavros Center for Independent Living Disability Rights Award.
Will is author of the Harm Reduction Guide To Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, which has been translated into 14 languages and is a widely used resources by patients, families, clinicians, and recovery groups around the world, and his international counseling practice via skype and phone has worked for more than ten years with individuals and families around medication withdrawal and harm reduction, psychosis recovery, domestic violence, family conflict, and living with altered and extreme states. He has trained clinicians, peer supporters, family members, students, and advocates in more than 15 countries around the world. Will is certified in NADA ear acupuncture and is longtime meditator and yoga practitioner. Hall. W (2016).Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness. Madness Radio