Hearing Voices Training - Workshop #1 Accepting Voices
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Hearing Voices Training - Workshop #1 Accepting Voices

Hearing Voices Training - Workshop #1 Accepting Voices

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Friends House

60 Lowther

Toronto, ON, Canada

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This unique and innovative workshop offers you a non-diagnostic understanding of the kinds of experience like hearing voices that  are som.etimes called "psychosis".

We offer you simple,  everyday language to show you how you can understand such experiences not as "disconnected from" but intimately connected with reality and in ways that can be overwhelming, painful, frustrating, and sometimes terrifying response to the reality we share

We also share a framework you can use to connect and draw from your own experiences to help you truly empathize and understand how better to support people who might be undergoing such difficult experiences and struggling.

You'll leave feeling more at ease with both yourself and your ability to offer yourself as a one-person safe-space to people who struggle.

Join us in enacting a society that understands voice hearing, supports individuals who hear voices and views them as full citizens
 and connect yourself with a community of people doing just that.

This workshop will enable you to …

  • Understand hearing voices [and other experiences] as a normal human experience, that can become problematic, when a person is left to struggle without support..

  • Share simple data and stories about just how common it is to hear voices- how it is not nitself a proble, many people and some cultures regard ist as having great benefit.

  • Peer through and beyond diagnostic frameworks - resist the urge to catalogue and categorize everything you witness as “symptom”.and instead,

  • take an interest in the person struggling with their experience of voices and otehr eexperiences called "psychosis" as a human being having a hard time..

  • Begin to accept even the most difficult of human experiences as something that can be understood, explored and even valued.

  • Look within your own experience and relate with different experiences like hearing voices, visions, unshared beliefs.

  • Explore how you can be more at ease in your role and also be more real with people who struggle with difficult experiences.

  • Offer yourself as a one-person safe-space to people who struglle with experiences like hearing voices.

Who this workshop is designed for…

We believe the hearing voices approach is emancipatory for all.

If, in your work, you work with you come into contact with people who hear voices and who struggle with that; and you have experienced how that can leave you feeling uncomfortable or worse, then we think you’ll find this one day workshop useful.
- So, if you’re a doctor, nurse, social worker, community worker, housing worker, peer support worker, psychologist, therapist, police officer, etc. then it may be for you.

The workshop is also highly suitable for you if you love, live with, care for people in your life who hear voices and struggle withthat - and you have come to realise the limitations of an approach that limits understanding to illness-brain chemicals and you are curious about how else you may understand, and what else you can do..

It is less suitable, perhaps, for those who are simply curious, though you are welcome.

Workshop design…

This is an intensive workshop covering a lot of ground, together we will :

  • Gain insights from people who hear voices, and from others who work with people who hear voices.

  • Learn how we can think differently about voices and other experiences that are sometimes labelled "psychosis"

  • Explore how, as workers, we can accept ourselves and each other, relax and enjoy our work: the better to offer support for people who hear voices.

  • Interact – with deep personal reflection,  shared sense-making and dialogue.

  • We will also share some simple, practical approaches that you can use in your practice on return to work.

  • Connect with resources and both local network and the global hearing voices community.

This workshop is designed to leave you feeling more competent and confident in your own ability to offer yourself as a one person safespace for people who hear voices.

You will not become an expert in one day but you’ll have a good basis for starting and feeling more comfortable - and more human - as you do.


Please feel free to help us let people know about this by print, post, distribute, …or why not hand to your worker colleague o boss, and ask… “when are you going to do this training?”

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