From Surviving to Advising: Pairing mental health service users as advisors to psychiatry residents

People with lived experience of mental health and substance use challenges are invited to apply for a teaching role in an innovative co-produced 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 hour from January to June 2017. You will also 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.

They seek individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges who wish 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.

They 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. Meetings with peers and with psychiatry residents are held monthly on Mondays and Thursdays, respectively. Exact dates and times are available on request.

Contact: Sacha Agrawal at for more information and to obtain application forms

When: January 2017 – June 2017


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