Image: Project Team Member Anne Ruth Benschop talks about findings in the My Voice Matters-project.

Peer support specialists’ function

Once a year KBT invites to a course on peer support specialists’ function in substance- and psychiatric services.

We will discuss what it means to be professional as a peer support worker, and how to make a difference in this type of work. We will also look closer at what measures employers can take to accommodate peer support workers. The course will be based on both Norwegian, and international experiences, as well as the experiences of course participants through dialogue and group work.

The course is directed at either those that are planning to, or have previously engaged peer specialists, and for peer specialists that are currently active. The goal is to strengthen the role of peer specialist. the course will consists of lectures and group exercises that builds on practical examples and experiences.


Verktøykassa for brukermedvirkning [the Toolbox for user participation] – self-development course

KBT offers a self-developement course together with Sagatun peer-driven center, which is led by Ragna Vorkinslien and Eirin Yvonne Eriksen.

The course provides an introduction to the topics of empowerment, communication and user involvement on an individual- and a systematic level. It consists of exercises intended to strengthen confidence, impulsivity and communication. It takes place over four days, with one 14-week interval (but this can be adapted after desire). The course may be held as a local gathering in a user organization, or for users and health personnel in a service.

No prior knowledge is needed, but it’s recommended that participants actively engage in the activities in order to get the most out of the course.

Image: Several people having a discussion at a Self-Development Course at Sagatun Peer Driven centre
From a Self-Development Course at Sagatun regional user-driven centre. Picture from


Course for co-researchers – User involvement in research

By law, it is required that user representatives are involved in all research projects the health trusts are involved in.

KBT and AFFU offer therefore a course on user participation in research. The course is part of a strategy for training and qualification of user representatives, and aims to better equip and motivate users and representatives to participate in research.

We offer this to those that have personal experience in receiving treatment for mental health- or drug-related issues. You should have an interest in learning more about user involvement and research. The topics include “Where and how do we find research?” and “How to promote the users’ perspective in research?”

Dates for the 2018 course are yet to be determined.


Process leader in User Interviews User

Image: Project Team Member Anne Ruth Benschop talks about findings in the My Voice Matters-project.
Image: Anne Ruth Benschop talks about findings in the My Voice Matters-project.

As a process leader in User Interviews User (UIU) you will be involved in interesting tasks through evaluation and service development in municipalities and health trusts. Process leaders in UIU should have lived experience from using health services.

The course in UIU is both theoretical and practical. You will learn how to conduct a UIU-survey, and will get the opportunity to conduct a UIU-project. The project in the municipality of Steinkjer in 2006-2007, the UIU-evaluation of KIM-senteret in 2008 and “My Voice Matters” in 2015 were UIU-projects where new process leaders were trained in the UIU-method.

The practical part of the training includes guidance from KBT.

Contact us for more information about our courses.

About Anne Benschop

Works as a project team member in KBT. Works with Canada-Norway research collaboration, web page and social media.