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Workshop: Hearing Voices that are distressing: A Simulated Experience of Hearing Voices

This is a truly unique learning experience.  It will allow participants to have a glimpse into the lived experience of trying to function and perform tasks while experiencing psychosis, specifically, Hearing Voices that are Distressing.  The learning goals of the training include:

  • Understanding the day to day challenges that face people with psychiatric disabilities and to realize their strengths and resiliency.
  • Learning about the subjective experience of hearing voices that are distressing.
  • Changing attitudes and practices to better address the needs of people who hear distressing voices.
  • Becoming familiar with self-help literature, support networks and coping strategies for voice hearers.

Please be advised that this workshop is very intense and can be disturbing.  It is suggested that people who hear voices do not take this workshop.

Paisly is entering her fourth year of her Bachelor of Science in Honors Nursing program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She will graduate in April with certificates in both International Learning and Community Engagement and Service-Learning. She is in her second term as the Chair of the Global Health Committee for the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA), and is a Co-Founder of the Global Association of Student and Novice Nurses (GASNN). She is leading a research project exploring the roles and perceptions of community health volunteers on gender-based violence in rural Zambia. Upon graduating in April, Paisly plans to pursue graduate studies in nursing leadership and global health. If she isn’t at school, you can find her biking or watching her daily dose of NBA basketball!

Bryce is a fourth-year student in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba. After his final year is completed, he hopes to find work in either the emergency medical field or in harm reduction. Before entering university, Bryce worked as a lifeguard for the City of Winnipeg. After realizing his passion for emergency medicine, he pursued a career as a paramedic. He graduated from CritiCare Paramedics in 2012 with his Primary Care Paramedics. After completing his license, he decided to pursue nursing. He is a self-described “adrenaline junkie” who thrives off the high energy environment of the emergency medical field.  Bryce is currently the Programming Chair for the University of Manitoba Nursing Students’ Association and the IT/Registration Director for the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association Conference being held in Winnipeg this January.  He has a passion for harm reduction, which drove him to volunteer at Shambhala Music Festival as a student nurse. In the future, he hopes to start a harm reduction program in Winnipeg focusing on safe substance use as well as diminishing risk-taking behaviour.

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