For Round 4, residents and service-user advisors will meet for 1 hour monthly for 6 months, on Thursdays from 4:10 to 5:10 pm. The dates of the meetings are as follows:
The small group meetings will give the participants a chance to hear a range of viewpoints on a variety of subjects related to the learning objectives.
The other dates are for residents to meet 1-on-1 with their advisors to explore the learning objectives in greater depth.
Some examples of topics for enquiry include:
- What does recovery mean? How does it happen? What are the critical ingredients?
- Where and how are prejudice and discrimination experienced?
- What is it like accessing and navigating the mental health and addiction systems?
- What is it like talking to a (new) psychiatrist?
- Why do people sometimes choose not to take medications or use psychiatric services?
- What is it like experiencing involuntary treatment or confinement?
- In what ways do mental health and addiction services support recovery? In what ways can they be improved?
Advisory pairs will meet at a neutral public space convenient to the CAMH QS site (where residents have a series of meetings on Thursdays before their meetings with advisors). Meetings in residents’ offices are discouraged to avoid creating a doctor-patient dynamic. Dyadic meetings that are missed should be rescheduled at a mutually convenient place and time.
Residents are encouraged to bring in material for discussion from their clinical work, but all personal health information MUST be de-identified.
We ask that all participants respect the trust of the other person in this relationship by holding in confidence that which is disclosed during advisory meetings. Residents and advisors are free to choose what they wish to disclose about themselves.
A brief written reflection exercise will be assigned mid-way through the rotation, to be completed by December 10. This piece will be shared in small groups in the last session.