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Voices, Visions, and Other Altered Perceptions: Changing Outcomes with CBT

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Suppressing or ignoring often doesn't work: learn what else people can do to reduce distress and disability related to these experiences!

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We depend on our senses for accurate information about the world, but for many people, a significant portion of what they experience as sensory information has no apparent basis in our shared world. This may appear to be a definite problem, yet, research in the last quarter century shows that only some of the people who hear voices and see visions have significant problems from these experiences; others seem to get on with their lives successfully.

What makes the difference? One huge factor is how people interpret and relate to these experiences. This training will explore CBT methods of shifting from often unproductive or even counterproductive attempts to eliminate “hallucinations,” to constructive ways of coping. With this change in relationship, experiences like voices may fade, become less troublesome, or even shift into something the person experiences as an overall positive in their lives.

A special area of focus will be the problem of compliance with command voices. Patterns of compliance with command voices dramatically increase the risk of self harm and other destructive behavior; we will review and practice CBT approaches which have been shown to be effective in significantly reducing such compliance.

Learning Objectives:

• Use an acceptance and commitment therapy approach to help people change relationships with voices, visions, and other “hallucinations.”

• Identify relationships between problems with voices and with difficult emotions, allowing attention to shift to facing core issues and schemas

• Utilize a proven CBT strategy to help people reduce even partial or imagined compliance with command voices

About the instructor: (Ron Unger LCSW): “I’m a therapist who has been practicing CBTp for almost two decades, and during that time I have led many seminars on CBTp at a variety of universities and agencies in the US and Canada. These seminars present CBTp as part of a deeply humanistic and open-minded approach to difficult experiences that can otherwise be too easily framed as “not understandable.” I am the author of 3 prerecorded “online courses” related to CBT for psychosis (these courses cover some of the same material that will be covered in these live seminars.) I am chair of the educational committee for the US Chapter of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS-US) and am a blogger at recoveryfromschizophrenia.org and www.madinamerica.com.”

3.5 hours of Continuation Credit for many US professionals will be provided: for information about that please see https://recoveryfromschizophrenia.org/home/ce_info/

Schedule: 9:00am-12:30pm Pacific Time / (12:00-3:30pm Eastern Time).

Target audience: Mental health professionals, especially psychologists, social workers, and counselors.

Level: Intermediate

Accommodations for the Differently Abled: Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Ron Unger LCSW, 4ronunger@gmail.com, 541-513-1811.

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

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