Dirk Corstens

Dirk Corstens
Maastricht University | UM · Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Doctor of Medicine

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There is growing clinical interest in addressing relationship dynamics between service-users and their voices. The Talking With Voices (TwV) trial aimed to establish feasibility and acceptability of a novel dialogical intervention to reduce distress associated with voices amongst adults diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. The single-si...
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Aims: The Talking With Voices pilot trial assesses feasibility and acceptability of a novel dialogical intervention to ameliorate distress associated with auditory hallucinations. The results will inform a definitive randomised trial to assess clinical and cost-effectiveness of the intervention. Method: The trial is single-site with a single-blind...
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Purpose: To present a treatment protocol for delivering Talking With Voices, a novel intervention for people with psychosis that involves dialogical engagement with auditory hallucinations. Method: This paper presents a manualized approach to therapy employed in the Talking With Voices trial, a feasibility and acceptability randomized control tr...
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Objectives Mental healthcare is commonly aimed at reducing symptoms in individual service users. When only symptomatic recovery is addressed, not all service users experience sufficient recovery, and when care is aimed only at individuals (instead of the neighbourhood), not all people in need of mental healthcare are reached. This study evaluated a...
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The ‘Making Sense of Voices’ (MsV), or ‘Maastricht’ approach has become established within large sections of the voice hearing community, as well as being adopted by some professional mental health workers. However, there has been limited research to assess this intervention. A recent case series using the MsV approach reported promising results ac...
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The current evidence-base for the psychological treatment of distressing voices indicates the need for further clinical development. The Maastricht approach (also known as Making Sense of Voices) is popular within sections of the Hearing Voices Movement, but its clinical effectiveness has not been systematically evaluated. The aim of the approach i...
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Over the past three decades in Maastricht, the Netherlands, psychiatrist Marius Romme and researcher Sandra Escher have developed a new approach to hearing voices which emphasizes accepting and making sense of the experience. Since Romme and Escher's initial work, substantial empirical support has been provided for the Maastricht approach's key pro...
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We describe a case of a 51-year old man who used GHB only in the afternoon and evening during 10 consecutive days in a recreational way: 20 ml a day in 4 ml per 2-3 hrs. He developed an excited delirium syndrome at the second day after stopping. Apparently even after relatively short recreational use severe disruptive behavior can develop. This is...
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The international Hearing Voices Movement (HVM) is a prominent mental health service-user/survivor movement that promotes the needs and perspectives of experts by experience in the phenomenon of hearing voices (auditory verbal hallucinations). The main tenet of the HVM is the notion that hearing voices is a meaningful human experience, and in this...
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A data synthesis is presented from 100 clinical cases, 80% with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder, in which Romme and Escher’s “con- struct” method was used to formulate voice-hearing content and characteristics in relation to life events. Across the sample, most participants heard between two and five voices and the average...
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We comment on a recently published article in Schizophrenia Bulletin: 'The treatment of hallucinations in schizophrenia spectrum disorders' (Sommer et al., 2012). Contrary to the recommendations made in this piece, we suggest that, on the basis of available evidence, psychological therapies (including, but not limited to cognitive behavioural thera...
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For most of the past half century, auditory hallucinations (hearing voices) have been viewed by the psychiatric community (along with much of the general public) as synonymous with madness. The image of someone talking to themselves, as portrayed in movies and in the media, has become shorthand for mental illness. Indeed, since 1980, one can receiv...
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Growing evidence suggests a meaningful association between life experience, particularly trauma and loss, and subsequent psychotic symptomatology. This paper describes a method of psychological formulation to analyse the relation- ship between the content and characteristics of voices (“auditory hallucinations”) and experienced adversity in the lif...
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Although people who hear voices may dialogue with them, they are regularly caught in destructive communication patterns that disturb social functioning. This article presents an approach called Talking With Voices, derived from the theory and practice of Voice Dialogue (Stone & Stone, 198930. Stone , H. and Stone , S. 1989 . Embracing our selves: T...
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De schemagerichte cognitieve therapie die werd ontwikkeld door Young, wordt onder meer toegepast bij de borderline persoonlijkheidsstoornis. Het bestaan van vijf kenmerkende schematoestanden, schemamodi genoemd, vormt het uitgangspunt van de therapie. Elke modus kent een eigen presentatie en vereist een passende aanpak. De behandelfilosofie zal wor...
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The curriculum for the Academic Training Course in Psychiatry in South- Limburg (UOP-ZL) needed to be modernised. There were widely differing views about the purpose and function of psychiatry and about the structure of the curriculum. Trainees failed to attend regularly because of their daily duties. Following discussion about the need for moderni...
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Although people who hear voices may dialogue with them, they are regularly caught in destructive communication patterns that disturb social functioning. This article presents an approach called Talking With Voices, derived from the theory and practice of Voice Dialogue (Stone & Stone, 1989: Embracing our selves: The voice dialogue training manual,...
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Inleiding Het cursorisch onderwijs binnen de Universitaire Opleiding Psychiatrie (UOP) Zuid-Limburg was verouderd. Visie op psychiatrie en programmaopbouw waren onduidelijk en sterk docentafhankelijk. De aiossen waren te veel afwezig vanwege interferentie door de dagelijkse werkzaamheden. De discussie rond de Herziening Opleiding en Onderwijs Psych...
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For most of the past half century, auditory hallucinations (hearing voices) have been viewed by the psychiatric community (along with much of the general public) as synonymous with madness. The image of someone talking to themselves, as portrayed in movies and in the media, has become shorthand for mental illness. Indeed, since 1980, one can receiv...
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Although people who hear voices may dialogue with them, they are regularly caught in destructive communication patterns that disturb social functioning. This article presents an approach called Talking With Voices, derived from the theory and practice of Voice Dialogue (Stone & Stone, 1989: Embracing our selves: The voice dialogue training manual,...
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This paper describes the collaboration between a psychiatrist and a voice hearer in making sense of the latter’s experiences and integrating the voices into his life. The stories from this partnership are described from both perspectives. In a third, hypothetical scenario, the work they did is contrasted with the general practice guidelines for tre...
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Inleiding In de traditionele psychiatrie worden inmiddels veel zogenaamde psycho-educatie cursussen gegeven. Veelal is het uitgangspunt van dergelijke cursussen een diagnose, zoals bipolaire stoornis of schizofrenie. Een deskundige vertelt dan aan een gehoor van patiënten en/of familieleden wat de ziekte inhoudt, hoe die behandeld wordt en wat bela...
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The history of the Maastricht approach and of the hearing voices movementRelevant research findingsAssessment: The Maastricht hearing voices interviewFormulation: Making the construct/breaking the codeCase vignette: MaureenMaking a treatment planTalking with the voicesRecoverySummaryReferences
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Patricia van der Pas, verzekeringsarts, ziet Chris van Boven in november 2007 voor een beoordeling ‘Hersteloperatie 45–50’.1 Chris is 53. Na de ulo ging hij meteen werken, deed dat 25 jaar bij een scholengemeenschap waar hij zich opwerkte van conciërge tot hoofd interne dienst. psychiatrische expertise-depressie en behandeling-hersteloperatie (oSB...
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While auditory hallucinations are considered a core psychotic symptom, central to the diagnosis of schizophrenia, it has long been recognized that persons who are not psychotic may also hear voices. There is an entrenched clinical belief that distinctions can be made between these groups, typically on the basis of the perceived location or the ‘thi...
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‘What you ignore persists, what you look at disappears.’ (N.D. Walsh) Dit artikel geeft een kort overzicht van behandeltechnieken bij auditieve hallucinaties, vooral mensen die stemmen horen. De meeste aandacht gaat uit naar de Voice dialogue-methode, ontwikkeld door Stone en Stone, die als inspiratie dient voor het veranderen van de dialoog tuss...
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In dit artikel wordt de cognitieve therapie van de wanen van een psychotische man beschreven. Eerst wordt een dimensionele opvatting over wanen aan de hand van literatuur gepresenteerd. Vervolgens wordt onderzoek naar de cognitieve therapie van wanen gepresenteerd. Deze methode wordt geïllustreerd aan de hand van een casus. Het begint met het tot s...

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