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From Surviving to Advising

Pairing mental health and addiction service users as advisors to psychiatry residents

Postgraduate education programs currently provide few opportunities for residents to interact intentionally with people who have recovered and are recovering successfully from mental health and addiction issues.

This project aims to pair senior psychiatry residents with ‘experts by experience’ -- service users in advanced stages of recovery -- to promote mutual growth and understanding.

The goal of the project is to give residents an opportunity to learn about the lived experience of people with significant mental health and addiction issues in a context that is free from the constraints imposed by the doctor-patient relationship.  It is also hoped that the experience of being advised by service users who are in advanced stages of recovery will assist residents in developing a better sense of the possibilities for recovery.

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