The introduction to my training makes the justification for redefining “psychosis” in a way that highlights solutions. I use some features of the hearing voices network to support what I am saying. I explore the medical model definition and resulting treatment mentality in the mainstream. I argue there is a need to build a culture of support of people who can relate to message crisis or “psychosis.”
Redefinition starts by focusing on how to join with people in crisis and explore their experiences. The initial components of psychosis are essential to work to build the curious inquiry needed to enter experiences in a respectful way. I use these parts of psychosis to justify a host of interventions that go against the grain of mainstream treatment. I support these interventions by describing solution concepts that help guide supporters understanding as they learn that it is okay and important to explore psychosis with their partners.
When granted enough time, I look into the rich concerns that all people have about causation of what I prefer to call a message crisis. I describe how issues of causation often preoccupy people who experience them and how to join in on the causation exploration to normalize it and build rapport. When done successfully the helper can help them flex in the way they interpret their experiences without challenging them. This replicates the powerful dynamic that happens naturally when people in survivor-led groups share their stories. It is very helpful when professional supporters also learn how to highlight and adapt to these strategies.
During the course of this presentation I provide an example of a day in the life of my own lived experience. I return to this example throughout the training to help give context and illustrate techniques that can be utilized when psychosis is redefined. My lived experience also helps illustrate topics of conversation that typically come up in support/therapy groups and can help prepare participants to be ready to respond in structured ways that can help lead to healing and social rehabilitation.
I am prepared me to present my materials in a structured format to a small or large group of people. The training comes with a work sheet and the Power Point is always available below. I have gained significant experience presenting this material and adjusting to the needs of differing audiences.
Please contact me with questions and to set up a time that I can avail myself to come and train your staff.