From Surviving to Advising

Pairing mental health service users as advisors to psychiatry residents.

People with lived experience of mental health and addiction challenges are invited to apply for a teaching role in an innovative course that pairs service users as advisors to senior psychiatry residents at the University of Toronto. You will meet with students in small groups and in pairs monthly for 1 h from January to June 2016. You will also be expected to attend monthly peer supervision meetings.

The goals of the project are to increase understanding of recovery among psychiatry residents and to foster the attitudes necessary for these future psychiatrists to deliver person-centered, strengths-based, recovery-oriented care. You will facilitate learning by sharing your perspectives, using narrative to  illustrate key points and fostering critical reflection.

We seek individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction challenges who would like to make a positive impact on the future of psychiatry in Ontario. Experience using psychiatric services is essential. You must have excellent oral communication skills and be able to engage students in an open, genuine and collaborative learning process. At least 5 years of lived experience is preferable. Experience working as a peer support worker or system advocate is considered a strong asset.

We are are committed to recruiting a diverse group of advisors who represent the service user community in Toronto. Individuals from marginalized and minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

A cash honorarium is offered for each meeting.

Please contact Sacha Agrawal MD MSc FRCPC at for more information.

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