The Hearing Voices Network (HVN) – USA is one of more than 30-plus nationally-based networks around the world joined by shared goals and values, incorporating a fundamental belief that there are many ways to understand the experience of hearing voices and other unusual or extreme experiences. This workshop is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about the experience of hearing voices and/or the Hearing Voices movement. Individuals who hear voices and have successfully integrated that experience into their lives will share their stories and participants may ask questions.
Participants will be able to:
• Give three examples of misleading societal and media images and perceptions about hearing voices, seeing visions, and having other unusual experiences
• Discuss research and literature upon which the movement has been built
• Demonstrate an understanding of voice hearing (and other unusual experiences) in a Hearing Voices movement framework
• Discuss new strategies to navigate the voice-hearing experience beyond drugs or distraction techniques
Registration deadline is Wed., June 1, 2016, or when full capacity is reached. Fee must be received before admission to the course. FREE TO CONSUMERS.
Lisa has heard voices and had what others would consider unusual experiences for as long as she can remember. After spending the first half of her life trying to assimilate into the non-voice hearing world, she and her companion voices have chosen to work to bring HVN to the U.S. and support its development around the globe. She works as coordinator for statewide development for Western Mass RLC, serves on the HVN-USA and Intervoice boards, and cherishes her training role supporting HVN efforts nationwide.
Caroline first interfaced with psychiatry at age 8, and later found a path out of a world defined by diagnoses and medications through roller derby, social activism, and support of HVN.
Since moving out of a group home seven years ago, she has worked to create change in the mental health system, developing and re-defining peer roles. She is part of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, promoting values of self determination and mutual support, and is training coordinator for the Hearing Voices Research and Development Project.
Register online by Wed., June 1 mainebehavioralhealthworkforce.org
• Registered attendance includes workshop, continental breakfast, and lunch.
• CE credit is available for behavioral health professionals with $20 registration fee.
• Voice hearers, those who see visions and/or have other unusual experiences and their allies, friends, and family are encouraged to register and attend for free.
• Confirmation emails and directions will be sent one week before the workshop.