Lived Experience Training Sessions


People with lived experience can be invaluable allies in the knowledge translation and dissemination phases because they have experienced depression.

The objective of this education is to prepare lived experience participants with the knowledge to actively participate in a research team and communicate effectively with depression researchers and other mental health professionals, and can have a major impact on the activities of CDRIN.

Under the project management of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, this education curriculum was developed by Barbara Everett, Ph.D. This three-day in person training session has eight modules and has been delivered in-person four times across Canada. Evaluations have been very positive.

In order to provide the training to a wider audience, we have now digitized the program modules and provide the training in an exciting online format, easy to access, and very engaging and enjoyable to participate in and learn from. Allowing you to benefit from the training regardless of your location.

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Learning Objectives of the Lived Experience Training Program

Understand what collaborative research is

and why it’s important

Learn some of the mechanics of teamwork

and how to address conflict (should it arise)

Know the differences

between the role of influencer and advocate

Recognize and be able to identify

and articulate the expertise that people with lived experience and caregivers bring to the research table

Become familiar and comfortable

with the many aspects of research

Be aware of what research

can and cannot accomplish

Understand the important of knowledge transfer

and translation, and what your roles can be in this activity

Leave with knowledge and skills

but also a physical manual for future use and reference

Build individual confidence

that you can and will be able to participate fully in depression research projects when called upon to do so

Build respect for yourselves and your potential contributions

to depression research and knowledge translation – but also respect for the roles and contributions of researchers

Have some fun

Why is this training important?