By Patricia Deegan, PhD
WHAT IS IT?
Hearing Voices That Are Distressing is a complete training/curriculum package in which participants use headphones for listening to a specially designed recording. During this simulated experience of hearing voices, participants undertake a series of tasks including social interaction in the community, a psychiatric interview, cognitive testing, and an activities group in a mock day treatment program. The simulation experience is followed by a debriefing and discussion period. The curriculum also includes a one hour recorded lecture.
“…The first graduate students who experienced ‘Hearing Voices’ said it changed their lives. We now require it for all our graduate students in sites across the country.”
~ Paul J. Carling, Ph.D. Executive Director The Center for Community Change, Trinity College, Vermont
“…The voices simulation gave me a good overview of what people who do hear voices go through on a day to day basis.”
“…Incredible experience which gave a great insight. ”
“…Every Officer should have this experience so they can understand what people who hear voices are going through.”
~ Law Enforcement Officers from Utah CIT Academies
WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS TRAINING?
This curriculum has been developed and piloted for a wide range of mental health professionals including: Inpatient/outpatient psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, social workers; psychologists; direct care workers in residential, day treatment and psychosocial rehabilitation programs; mental health administrators, policy makers; and police officers, academic faculty and students.
“…I recently participated in the ‘Hearing Voices’ training. I must confess, I was disturbed by the sudden realization that I have been treating schizophrenia for four years, yet I have never known what it really was. I may have had the knowledge, but not the wisdom or true empathy -Â until now.”
~ Jim Willow, M.D. Psychiatric Resident, PsycHealth Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
WHO CREATED IT?
Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and developed this curriculum as part of her work with the National Empowerment Center. She also publishes and lectures internationally on the topics of recovery and empowerment. Pat is a person with a psychiatric disability, who also has experience hearing voices that are distressing.