Developing Empathy for the Lived Experience of Psychiatric Disability: A Simulation of Hearing Distressing Voices

  • 06 May 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Blair County Altoona Water Authority
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Developing Empathy for the
Lived Experience of
Psychiatric Disability:
A Simulation of Hearing
Distressing Voices

Target Audience: The training has been developed and adapted for a wide range of mental health professionals, consumers, family members, individuals who work with older adults, community-based first responders, police officers, District Attorneys and Judges.

Altoona Water Authority

900 Chestnut Ave.
Altoona, PA

Date: May 6, 2015

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Be sure to check out our afternoon session, Medicare/Medicaid Basics for Mental Health Professionals, from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Click the link to register for the afternoon session. You must register for each session individually.

Cost: This is a FREE training.
There are NO CEUs awarded for this training.
Certificates of Attendance will be available.

Description: In this 3-hour workshop, participants will listen to a recorded lecture by Pat Deegan, Ph.D. about the voice hearing experience, will use headphones to listen to a specially designed audiotape that simulates the experience of hearing voices that are distressing, and will participate in a discussion/debriefing after the simulation. We will then review the research literature on voice hearing, review a number of self-help strategies and make suggestions for working with people who hear distressing voices. Through the simulation experience participants will increase their understanding of the lived-experience of psychiatric disability and increase empathy for those who struggle with it.

Note: This training is intended for non voice hearers. Others will be encouraged to participate in the training however during the simulation experience will be asked to do so without the sound.

Learning Objectives
1. To learn the types and varieties of voice hearing experiences.
2. To increase empathy and understanding of the experience of hearing distressing voices
3. To learn more effective ways of helping people who hear distressing voices.

Refunds/Cancellations: Canceled registrations more than two weeks before the activity will be refunded less a 20% service charge. Cancellations less than two weeks before the program will be invoiced or a substitute is permitted. If registering less than two weeks before the program, the fee is due in full and substitution is permitted. Registered no-shows will be billed.

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