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September 19 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $10.00




Adams County Emergency Services Center

230 Greenamyer Ln, Gettysburg, PA 17325


Thursday, September 19, 2024

9:30am – 12:00pm

Cost: $10

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Robert C. Hoffman Foundation Charitable Endowment Trust

Availability is limited.

Here’s what people are saying about the simulation: 

“Thank you Pat for allowing me to get a better understanding of what a person goes through. I don’t have sympathy, I have empathy.”

“If you can put yourself in another’s shoes even for a short time, it really changes how you respond to and care for others.”

“This experience was transformative. It really challenged my preconceived notions and helped me better understand the experience of people who hear distressing voices everyday.”


The Hearing Distressing Voices Simulation is a 2.5-hour workshop developed by Pat Deegan, PhD. It was designed to help individuals better understand what it is like to experience distressing voices. The workshop begins with watching a filmed lecture by Dr. Pat Deegan about the voice hearing experience. Followed by the simulation, during which participants will wear audio equipment, with a specially designed recording that simulates the experience of hearing distressing voices, while engaging in a variety of tasks, designed to mimic real life experiences of individuals who hear voices. Upon completion the group will come back together for discussion. As a result of the simulation experience, participants will increase their understanding of the lived experience, increase empathy for those who struggle with it, and gain insight into the impact their involvement/intervention can have on a person who hears distressing voices.


Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the types and varieties of voice hearing experiences
  • Develop empathy and awareness of the experience of hearing distressing voices
  • Identify effective ways of helping people who hear distressing voices

Target Audience:

The training has been developed and adapted for a wide range of behavioral health, and physical health professionals, students, individuals supporting community-based organizations, as well as first responders and law enforcement officials. Additionally, this training is valuable for family members, civic leaders, clergy, pharmacists, educators, government representatives,  policymakers, and anyone looking to learn more about the experience of hearing voices.

Please Note:

This training is intended for non-voice hearers. It is recommended that individuals who experience hearing voices themselves DO NOT participate. If you experience hearing voices and would like to volunteer to help PennCares conduct this training, please email trainings@penncares.org.

Consent to Participate:
Please note that participants will be required to sign a consent form to participate in this training. If you would like to view a copy of the Consent to Participate form prior to the training, please email trainings@penncares.org.


~Questions? Contact Allison Fisher at trainings@penncares.org.~


September 19
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Private: Adams County Emergency Services & Training Center
230 Greenamyer Lane
Gettysburg, 17325 United States
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