Ron Coleman is an international speaker and trainer who draws on his own experiences of the psychiatric system to develop recovery focused services based on individual and community decision making. He has been influential in the development of the Hearing Voices Network in the UK.
Areas of interest
- Hearing Voices Network
- The design of mental health services
- Recovery orientated care
- Building communities of recovery
Ron Coleman’s own route to recovery, after spending 13 years in and out of the psychiatric system, has given him many insights into the difficult issues facing today’s mental health services.
Ron has been active in the field of mental health since 1991, when he starting drawing on his own experiences to develop his ideas for recovery centered treatment of others. Since then he has gone on to write numerous books and papers on the subject, and has been influential in the development of the Hearing Voices Network in the UK.
Ron now works with his wife Karen Taylor under the banner of ‘Working To Recovery’, a company doing training and consultancy work in mental health. He is an international speaker and trainer, with current work focused on developing a range of recovery focused services in Scotland and Australia.
There are few people who provide training in the way Ron and Karen do. This is why they have an international reputation, not only as trainers, but also as speakers and authors of high quality innovative thinking and practice.
Ron is working with others to develop local communities of recovery in order to create a paradigm shift away from institutional control towards individual and community decision making. Together with Karen he has run three recovery house models and the Mental Health Summer Recovery Camp – now in its third year, a camp for people to experience and create recovery communities.