Worker Training- Workshop#1: Accepting Voices – Fri 21 Nov 2014

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If, in your work, you encounter people who hear voices – and who might be struggling with the experience – then this workshop is designed for you.

Over 150 workers from from more than 20 agencies across Ontario have now attended our foundational workshop for those who, in their work, encounter people who hear voices, see visions or have other experiences that can be difficult.

Learn how you can…

  • find common the ground between your own experiences and the kind of extreme states that others may experience.
  • create a one-person safe-space for people to talk about their difficult experiences.
  • emmancipate yourself: even in a system that puts pressure on you to be otherwise you can be a human being first- even at work.


Fee: $150

Spaces are limited. Registration is required

Register NOW online at Eventbrite.

Workshop Description

Note this workshop is not like a TV make over: it will not pretend to instantly turn you into a expert.

It is designed to leave you feeling more competent and more confident to work one-to-one with people who hear voices and struggle with their experiences, and will also enable you to connect with a community of folks who are doing similar.

What you can expect

This workshop will enable you to…

  • Understand hearing voices [and other experiences] as a normal human experience, maybe not one shared by everyone, but part of the variation and diversity of what it means to be human.
  • See through and beyond diagnostic frameworks and resist the urge to catalogue and categorize everything as “symptom”.
  • 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 .

Who this workshop is designed for…

If, in your work, you come into contact with people who hear voices and who struggle; 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.

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.
  • 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 work one-to-one with 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 as you do.

Participants in this workshop will be also invited to join our ongoing learning community.

The workshop is designed and led by Kevin Healey and Marc Roininen.


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Please feel free to print, post, distribute,

or why not hand to your worker colleague o boss, and ask…

“when are you going to do this training?”


Want more?

This workshops part of a series:

  • Workshop#1    Accepting Voices

Introductory, or foundational, module designed to help you to understand a range of experiences including angry and critical voices, strange visions, to connect on a human level and have confidence in your own ability to work with people who hear voices.
Workshop#1 is a basic introduction and also the foundation for continuing with Workshops #2 and #3.

  • Workshop#2    Working With Voices  

Solid introduction to voice profiling, Maastrict Interview, voice mapping and voice dialogue – key  approaches and tools for working one to one with a person who hears voices. Includes opportunity to practice.

A two-day, intensive, small group workshop offering an intro to key approaches and with time to begin practicing.

  • Workshop#3    Facilitating a Hearing Voices Group
    Starting, sustaining and facilitating a hearing voices group.
    Four days small groups of people from single agency or who will be working together, covering:

    • Is your organization or agency ready to host a Voices-Safe space?
    • What a hearing voices group is, isn’t, and can be.
    • The HV groups charter, different types of groups, who decides?
    • Starting is easy, what about Sustaining?
    • HV Group Facilitor role, skills, toolkit and practice, practice, practice.


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6 Responses to Worker Training- Workshop#1: Accepting Voices – Fri 21 Nov 2014

  1. kenyatta2009 says:

    Reblogged this on A Little Local Color.


  2. Reblogged this on Pride in Madness and commented:


  3. This is incredible!

    Do you have workshops for people who hear voices? That could greatly benefit my friend.


    • Hi prideinmadness
      good to hear from you…
      Thanks, and thanks for spreading the word.

      your friend…
      We run WRAP programmes/workgroups for people who hear voices – and/or have other experiences “extreme states”, or whatever you prefer want to call them. we’ve come to call that “X-WRAP”, it’s a full WRAP plus extras, or “extreme WRAP” because it goes places others may fear to tread – WRAP but lots of other stuff too.

      We also ran a full-day “Living With Voices” workshop in July open to everyone people who hear voices, workers, carers, the curious [and blessed to have Rufus and Elisabeth as guasts] – we’re working on a 2hr version that we can offer in any public / community space so if you know one and can help set that up let us know.

      We also have a free group that meets monthly: anyone who hears voices – or has the kind of experience that, when they talk to others about they freak out – is welcome.


    • Thank you so much! I will pass that information along!


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