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Hearing Distressing Voices, a Simulcast

Thursday, May 10th, 9:30 -12:30
Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) Office
4105 Derry Street, Harrisburg PA

About the Hearing Voices Training

What is it?

Developing Empathy for the Lived Experience of Psychiatric Disability: A Simulation of Hearing Distressing Voices is a free 3-hour workshop developed by Pat Deegan, PhD. Participants will begin by watching a recorded lecture by Dr. Deegan about the experience of hearing voices, followed by a specially designed audio recording that simulates the experience of hearing voices. While wearing the audio equipment, participants will undertake a series of mock tasks/activities including cognitive testing, social interaction in a community setting, a psychiatric emergency room, and a day treatment activities group. Through the simulation experience, participants will increase their understanding of the lived-experience of psychiatric disability, increase empathy for those who struggle with it, and gain insight into the impact their involvement/intervention can have on a person who hears voices.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

Who Benefits from the Training?

This free training has been developed and adapted for a wide range of behavioral and physical health professionals, as well as community-based first responders, and criminal justice professionals. This training event is also useful for individuals who receive services, their family members, and other interested community groups. PMHCA notes that Certified Peer Specialists and Recovery Specialists are encouraged to attend.

Please Note: This training is intended for non-voice hearers. Others are encouraged to participate in the training, however during the simulation experience will be asked to do so without the recorded voices.


Sponsored by Community Care Behavioral Health, hosted by PMHCA.

The Simulcast is free.

Maximum of 20 seats. First come, first served. Call or email Samantha Harkins at 717-564-4930 or email samantha@pmhca.org. Provide your name, telephone contact, and email address.

Trainers are Tracy Carney, Gina Russo. Tracy tells us this is a powerful experience you don't want to miss.