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Voices, Visions & Unusual Beliefs: Innovative Support Strategies (Mon, Tues, Wed)

March 18 March 20

In current Western medical paradigms, hearing voices is often a deeply marginalized experience. Those who hear voices and/or see visions are typically given a poor prognosis. Suggested coping strategies tend to be limited to distraction techniques or heavy neuroleptics. Clinicians, voice-hearers, and family members have often felt frustrated by the limitations of this model.

Another world is possible. This training is for anyone who is interested in learning the current research, strategies and supports that are being developed by people with lived experience of voice-hearing world-wide. We will explore:

  • How trauma, culture and social factors influence voice-hearing
  • Common myths about voices & visions and how to shift these paradigms
  • A new dialogue framework to discuss non-consensus reality states in a supportive way
  • Dozens of real-life strategies that are used by voice-hearers to cope with a distressing experience

Application for MaMHCA/MCEAP continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at info@wildfloweralliance.org for the status of CE’s for LMHCs.

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at info@wildfloweralliance.org for the status of social work CE accreditation.

This event will be co-facilitated by Cindy Marty Hadge and Caroline Mazel-Carlton, both of whom have extensive personal experience with voices, visions, and navigating the psychiatric system. Both have well over a decade of professional experience supporting other voice-hearers in community settings, clinical environments and online. Caroline and Cindy have had the privilege of both learning from and supporting system change in the international community, from the Netherlands to Brazil to Israel to Australia. Their work has been featured in mainstream media outlets, academic articles, and books, including the most recent work from NYT best-selling author Daniel Bergner, “The Mind and the Moon”.

All three training days will run from 9AM to 5PM with a full hour for lunch. Admission price will cover space rental, training manual, and compensation for the voice-hearers who design and facilitate this curriculum. Coffee and tea will be provided. Admission price does not include lodging or meals. This is an in-person training. If you are interested in bringing this training to another area please submit a request form here: https://wildfloweralliance.org/request/

Accessibility:

  • Holyoke Community College is on the B23, P11, and and R41 bus routes operated by PVTA. For more information, visit http://www.pvta.com/
  • Here is a link with more information about getting to HCC, including directions: https://www.hcc.edu/about/visit-hcc/getting-here
  • Designated accessible parking is available in Lot G (permit required).
  • The training will be held on the 3rd floor of the Kittredge Center, which has an elevator and accessible bathrooms. Gender neutral bathrooms are on the 2nd and 4th floor.
  • For accommodation requests or questions, please contact info@wildfloweralliance.org.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you wish to cancel your registration, please contact info@wildfloweralliance.org to let us know as soon as possible so that we can ensure there is space available for others who want to participate. For cancellation requests received on or before March 3rd, you will be refunded the cost of the ticket minus eventbrite fees. For cancellation requests received on or after March 4th, we are unable to refund the cost of your ticket.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances (such as serious illness/accident or family emergency) on the part of the trainers, the Wildflower Alliance will make all reasonable attempts to secure a replacement trainer to facilitate the training as scheduled. If a suitable trainer cannot be found, the full cost of all tickets will be refunded to participants (before eventbrite fees).

Grievance Policy: If you have a grievance regarding this training, please notify info@wildfloweralliance.org as soon as possible. You can also call 413-539-5941 ext. 320 to make a complaint. Grievances should include: your name, address, phone number, the title of training, and a description of the grievance. The Director of Training along with the Executive Director will seek to resolve the grievance as soon as possible. If necessary, they will bring the complaint to other appropriate staff within the Wildflower Alliance’s umbrella organization, The Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, for group consideration. A written response, including any necessary action to be taken, will be provided to the individual within 30 days of the date of the grievance. Records of all grievances will be kept confidentially by the Wildflower Alliance for a period of seven years.

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