Past Events

Event Information:

  • Thu

    Developing Empathy for the Lived Experience of Psychiatric Disability:  A Simulation of Hearing Distressing Voices

    10:00 am998 Crooked Hill Road, Building 45, West Brentwood, NY 11717

    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm (2 hours)
    Presented by the Long Island Field Office (LIFO) of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
    Contact: Marie Toussaint, 631-761-2508, Marie.Toussaint
         This is a unique, free training developed by Pat Deegan and Associates, LLC. Participants will experience what it is like to live with distressing voices, which may help to create a change in the way we interpret behaviors of people who hear voices. LIFO first presented this training in 2015 and the response was undeniably positive. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of what voice hearers go through daily. Our goal is to assist you and/or staff to reflect a newfound empathy and appreciation of people with psychiatric disabilities.
         The teaching is two-fold: It starts with a video of Dr. Pat Deegan, PhD. Dr. Deegan is a person in recovery from schizophrenia and a voice hearer herself. She explains what voice hearing is and importantly, what it is not. Dr. Deegan talks briefly of her own voice hearing and other sensory experiences. The second part of the training is comprised of a simulation during which participants navigate the training facility while hearing distressing voices and performing tasks, answering questions and interacting with others.
         NOTE: If you are an individual that experiences hearing distressing voices, this workshop may not be beneficial.
    You may have seen Anderson Cooper of CNN traverse a few city blocks while listening to this. His interview with Dr. Deegan is available here

         The LIFO is committed to providing this training and it is offered at no cost to your staff.  To learn more, or to schedule training, please contact Marie Toussaint at 631-761-2508 or Marie.Toussaint