Patient & Community Voices Workshops and Events

The Patient and Community Voices (PCV) workshop series consists of inter-professional workshops in which students learn directly from patients and community members through their stories and expertise. Workshops are developed, evaluated and refined by students, patients / community members, and UBC faculty working together in a participatory educational design.
The workshop series includes:

  • Mental Health: Empathy & Compassion
  • Positive Reflections and Voices Unheard: Learning from persons living with HIV
  • A Space to Thrive: Enhancing Access to Healthcare for Teenage Girls who Live in Poverty
  • The Lived Experience of Drug Use
  • The Lived Experience of Spinal Cord Injury
  • The Caregiver’s Journey: Heartbreak and love
  • Talk is Cheap: Living and communicating with aphasia
  • Learning to Provide Better for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Care Mental Wellness: A Way of Life
  • Personal Experiences with Epilepsy
  • Stereotypes, Truth and Moving towards Reconciliation: What health professional students need to know about First Nations’ history
  • How to Work with Interpreters
  • Trans Health 101

New workshops continue to be developed.



Mental Health: Empathy & Compassion – October 28 6-8pm

The role of empathy and compassion in recovery from serious mental illness and the importance of practicing empathetic guidelines when working with people living with a mental illness are presented.

Partner: Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society


The Lived Experience of Drug Use

This community based workshop connects UBC students with speakers who have lived experience of drug use, poverty, and overdose prevention in the DTES. Through storytelling and conversation students learn about the experiences and needs of people who use drugs and how to respond to addiction and overdose with skill and compassion.

Partner: Megaphone Speakers Bureau

Positive Reflections from Voices Unheard: Learning from Persons Living with HIV

The challenges of living with HIV are shared through personal stories and reflections of people living with HIV. Support and advocacy available in Vancouver-based community organizations serving persons living with HIV are also presented.

Partner: Positive Living BC

The Lived Experience of Spinal Cord Injury

Personal narratives and case studies are shared to illustrate the range of ways in which spinal cord injury can affect individuals, including the physical, emotional, psychosocial and financial barriers. Students will learn about the unique experiences of people living with spinal cord injury and what they can do as health professionals to provide support.

Partner: Spinal Cord Injury BC

A Caregiver’s Journey: Heartbreak and Love

Students are introduced to the successes and challenges of being a family caregiver for a loved one with a chronic health condition.

Partners: UBC Health Mentors Program

A Space to Thrive: Enhancing Access to Healthcare for Teenage Girls who Live in Poverty

Improving health care experiences for young women and ways to reduce barriers indvidually and collectively are discussed in the context of intersecting forms of oppression (gender, age, colonialism, racism).

Partner: Justice for Girls

Learning to Provide Better Care for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Students will experience a simulation of what it is like to have difficulty hearing. Deaf and hard of hearing culture, technologies available and communication strategies are shared.

Partner: Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Trans Health 101

The need for gender affirming care, community resources and strategies to provide positive healthcare experiences for transgender individuals are shared.

Partners: UBC Health Mentors and Trans Care BC

Mental Wellness: A Way of Life

Challenges and difficulties of living with mental illness and navigating the healthcare system are shared through personal stories and reflections.

Partner: Richmond Mental Health Consumer & Friends Society

Talk is Cheap: Living & Communicating with Aphasia

Through video training and small discussion groups, students will learn about aphasia and discovered valuable ways to support clients in their healthcare practice.

Partner: UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences (SASS) Aphasia Mentoring Program

How to Participate in one of our Workshops


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