Understand Psychosis So That You Can Help People Heal
The 2024 Journey Through Madness Sunday Recording Sessions
Learn how to Explore Psychosis Without Becoming Anxious, Power-Struggling, Or Referring Anyone To A Hospital
How It Works
This training is designed to integrate into your life so you can slowly build your skills and explore new practices. Starting March 3 in 2024, I will be hosting two-hour sessions on the first Sunday of every month. We will meet for between eight to ten sessions (16 to 20 training hours.)
I will teach you a new model for understanding psychosis that will help participants learn how to relate with a person in madness in a manner that helps them heal. Training involves recorded two-hour sessions that you can review on your own over the course of the month and worksheets that help you follow along on Zoom. If you miss a month, you will be able to view what you missed on YouTube so you can be prepared for the next month.
Participants may be professionals (including peer counselors) looking to hone their skills, family members seeking better relationships with their loved ones, or people with lived experience who want to share their perspective and contribute to a new model. Scholarships are available to motivated participants.
Certificates will be available that you can provide to your employer or your supervisor so you can get credit towards licensure. Come bring your stories and perspectives to the discussion, ask questions, and we will all learn.
Here’s what we’ll go over:
- How listening to stories and reflecting on commonalities helped me deconstruct experiences into solvable problems and formulate the structure of the presentation
- Reasons the medical model definitions lead to limited solutions and ultimately to the poor outcomes, stereotypes and the dehumanization we see.
- The way the thirty differential diagnoses that include psychotic experiences in them may have kept us from creating a counter culture and focusing on solutions.
- Learn to approach extraordinary experiences as an oppressed culture, and how advances in neuroscience, and the hearing voices movement support this view.
- Increasing our understanding of and ability to detect extraordinary experiences or special messages.
- How special messages trigger a necessary process of sleuthing or making meaning, and how to support a person toward external functioning
- Why it is often important to research and know about real government conspiracies or factual fringe material to gain a message receiver’s trust and learn about what they think.
- Reasons trying to stop a person from perseverating about their experiences by telling them that they are ill only decreases mindfulness and thwarts acceptance.
- Explore how theories/frameworks arise and function to create a diversity of causation explainations.
- Complete review of diverse theory/framework explanations about why special messages happen: political, spiritual, trauma informed, psychological, scientific, or artistic causation theories.
- Learn and practice how to use mad diversity to creatively sleuth with message receivers.
- How expanding the ways message receivers think about what causes their experiences adds to flexibility and can have a positive impact on functioning.
- When and how to increase a message receivers awareness of ways that extraordinary experiences might habitually trick them and lead to loss in social power.
- Use of positive psychology to initiate acting opposite to the way one feels, to increase emotional intelligence, and to return one to control of their social destiny.
- Importance of processing past behavior and negative outcomes: reatliation reactions and social sanctions.
- More practice processing past behavior and negative outcomes to help the message receiver learn lessons about why they lost social power.
- How reviwing past behavior helps a message receiver accept boundaries and develop the specific social skills they need to potentially dig themselves out of a hole.
- How social, institutional, and internalized stigma are linked to a message receiver’s irrational thinking.
- The importance of doing a strengths inventory to reintroduce the use of rational thinking as a tool the message receiver can use.
- Why timing matters and introducing an abridged version of the ABCD Cognitve therapy technique.
- How a mindful understanding of special messages can still be a valid part of an individual’s effort to discern reality without leading to a crisis or an emergency.
- Use of the complete system of care so that one can meet the message receiver where they are at and develop intervention strategies.
- Practice creating questions that help review deconstruction jargon and lead the group into productive discussions about solutions.
- Ethics and guidelines for optimal facilitation in group or individual contexts; and reflections and feedback on the course
Karen Mabry on The Journey Through Psychosis Workshop
This workshop provided me with new skills for my work as a peer. I believe the roadmap offers the best way to connect with peers struggling with psychosis.
Linda Jacobs on The Journey Through Psychosis Workshop
I have worked in the mental health system for many years and this workshop was like a breath of fresh air. Tim has opened my eyes to a whole different way of understanding “psychosis” and provided techniques that feel like a much better way of interacting with someone who is suffering. It should be mandatory training for all staff of hospitals and mental heath institutions. As a family member of someone who “hears voices,” this workshop has given me the chance to connect to my loved one with confidence and grace.
Hi, I’m Tim
Early on in my 27 years of working in the trenches of community mental health, I thought I was a good worker when I did things like: 1) take care of people who were experiencing a break in reality by doing things for them to build trust; and 2) reminding them to take their medication. As I moved out of the clinic and beared witness to what people were living through in impoverished warehouse circumstances, I started to advocate for better services, I started to notice ways I was being followed by the company that owned the housing project where I worked. When I received a threat from a close friend, I myself descended into madness. I tried to flee to Canada and was rapidly warehoused as a ward in a last resort State Hospital. I learned very quickly that madness wasn’t what I was trained to believe it was in school. I learned 1) that being treated like I was incapable of doing anything myself felt insulting; and 2) being told to take my medications was pointless; these kinds of interventions were not the help I needed.
It was a lot harder to get ready to go back to work in mental health than I thought it would be after three months in an institution. Enduring housing insecurity, moves, and underemployment was very hard. When I did manage to get my license I started to run professional groups that explored not only what psychosis is, but also what could be done that was helpful, I learned to use my lived experience to help other silenced individuals open up. The things we all learned in the process of sharing stories were astounding. I have documented these learnings over the past fifteen years and want to release to you my findings in a course that will help you know how to intervene when faced with someone who experiences a break from reality.
There will a limited number of scholarship participants so set up your interview today