- Work with people who hear voices and who struggle with their experience of that?
- Have someone in your life who hears voices and struggles with difficult experiences that get called “psychosis
- Feel limited in your ability to understand and support them?
- Feel frustrated at how the story that voices must mean illness limits us - not only the lives of people who hear voices, but all of us?
- Feel weary of the notion that we must fear ourselves and fear each other?
- Feel ready to learn more, ask yourself “what else can I do?”.
- Want to know more about how you can be part of the future, join us in enacting a world that understands ?
Are ready to tilt your universe?
If so, then this workshop might help you tilt your universe and emancipate yourself with very simple and very human ways to understand and begin to act to support a person who struggles with difficult experiences that get called names like “psychosis”.
Our aim is that you can feel more confident in your ability to offer yourself as a one-person safe space to people who hear voices and struggle.
Join us in enacting a world that understands voice hearing, supports the needs of people who hear voices and regards them as full citizens.
This unique and innovative workshop offers you a non-diagnostic understanding of the kinds of experience like hearing voices that are that are sometimes 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, sometimes terrifying response to the reality we share,
It also offers 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.
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. .
What you can expect and connect yourself with a community of people doing just that.
We believe the hearing voices approach is emancipatory for all.
This workshop will enable you better 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 in itself a problem and many people do – some cultures regard it as bringing great benefit.
- Peer through and beyond diagnostic frameworks – resist the urge to catalogue and categorize everything you witness as “symptom” but, instead…
- Take an interest in the person struggling with their experience of voices and other experiences 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 at ease in your role and be more real with people who have difficult experiences .
- Offer yourself as a one-person safe-space to people who struggle with experiences like hearing voices.
Who this workshop is designed for…
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 with that – and you have come to realize 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.
Together we will…
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.
- 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 safe-space 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.
Hears voices that you don’t and has done for as long as he or his voices can remember. Founder and coordinator of www.recoverynet.ca, Toronto Hearing Voices group and the Hearing Voices Café.
Drawing on skills and experiences gained from three decades of group work in organizations, in peer support and the wider community he develops innovative trainings and workshops that enable others to better understand and support those who struggle with the kind of experiences that get called “psychosis”.
A member of the hearing voices worldwide community, in Oct 2016 was honored to receive the first Intervoice annual Award for Innovation at the World Hearing Voices Congress in Paris.
Led the design, development and delivery of Peer Support Training for a leading MH charity; rooted in human values and simple ideas like “peer means equal” and fully aligned with the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s guidelines and recovery principles.
As a speaker is regularly sought to speak at AGMs, Grand Rounds in major hospitals, conferences, in media: print, radio TV, talking about understanding difficult human experiences; recovery; Hearing Voices and inviting people to a different kind of conversation about what it sometimes means to live as a human in this world.
For many years Dave would only say only one word, now he authors articles at www.recoverynet.ca and moderates online support groups for voices to talk directly with each other round the world, and coaches and co-presents in workshops for approaches like voice dialogue.
Enjoys creating memes: out of things voices say, about living in a universe that mostly comprises what he refers to as The Weird, `and sharing his own wry observations on the human obsession with calling each another horrible names, categorizing and crushing each other into boxes that don’t fit.
Voices have stories too His favorite pastime is pretending to be a muppet, next is remarking upon how “voices” and “humans” behave in ways that are often very much the-one-is-- like-the-other. Dave doesn’t really have a bio – like other superheroes he has an “Origins Story”, and like “The Truth...”, at least some of it, "is Out there...”