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Participant experiences in peer- and clinician-facilitated mental health recovery groups for veterans.
Beehler S, Clark JA, Eisen SV. Participant experiences in peer- and clinician-facilitated mental health recovery groups for veterans. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 2014 Mar 1; 37(1):43-50.
The purpose of the study was to characterize and compare participants' experiences of peer-facilitated versus clinician-facilitated recovery groups for veterans with mental illness.
We analyzed qualitative data from 24 interviews with veterans who participated in mental health recovery groups led by peer or clinician facilitators.
Subtle differences in group structure, participation/communication and utility/relevance between peer- and clinician-facilitated groups were identified. Participants experienced both peer and clinician facilitators as helpful in promoting recovery, though they appeared to do this in different ways.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE:
Peer and clinician facilitators offer different strengths in the promotion of mental health recovery.