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Alternative Experiences of Reality: A Fresh Perspective of ‘Psychosis’

Explore a trauma-informed, lived experience and person-centered approach to alternative states of reality (aka ‘psychosis’).



Explore a trauma-informed, lived experience and person-centered approach to alternative states of reality (aka ‘psychosis’). Learn how ‘schizophrenia’ has been built as a diagnostic label, and look at the Western medical model of ‘psychosis’ compared to a cultural context of what is ‘normal’ and consider society’s reaction to different kinds of human experience. Examine other interpretations of ‘alternative states of reality’ as ordinary human experience, and the implications for supporting others from this worldview. 

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Gain knowledge and tools to better understand the centuries of old Western interpretation of 'psychosis' and how it is positioned as the dominant reading of alternative experiences of reality

  • Critically reflect on different worldviews on what someone may be experiencing, including cultural interpretations

  • Learn about alternative states of reality from a mental health professional with their own lived experience

  • Understand and challenge discrimination and stigma around the 'psychosis' label, and the experience of alternative states of reality and/or hearing voices that are distressing

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

3. Working with whānau

4. Working within communities

5. Challenging discrimination

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Dr Annie Southern 

PhD HSc, MA, GradDipLT, Cert HE

Dr Annie Southern was educated at Oxford University and has a PhD in Health Science from the University of Canterbury. She is a researcher and writer and is well published, with her work spanning both journalism/publishing and mental health fields. Annie uses her lived experience of both neurodiversity and alternative states of reality as part of her work and is an Intentional Peer Support international trainer and a professional member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She currently works as the Lived Experience Director at Stepping Stone Trust.


Workshop Type: Intermediate | Workshop Level: Six | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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