Teaching from an Interdisciplinary Perspective: Incorporating the Hearing Voices that are Distressing Simulation

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See Dr. Michele P. Bratina reveal how hearing simulations of distressing voices can be instrumental for criminal justice professionals by increasing empathy when responding to people with psychosis.

Dr. Michele P. Bratina 

The proportion of individuals with mental illness without service engagement is steadily increasing. For many, psychiatric crisis may lead to frequent encounters with criminal justice officials. Justice-involved persons often become ensnared in a complicated journey through disintegrated systems of care. I strive to integrate my practitioner experience into my teaching and scholarship. One of the major activities I have incorporated into my classes is a hearing distressing voices simulation. Students find the activity to be instrumental in increasing empathy, as they get a general understanding of the complexities in responding to individuals with psychosis as police or other criminal justice professionals.