In addition to the programs and services for patients, families and caregivers, the Patients as Partners Initiative also funds and helps coordinate a range of training and education sessions, peer supports, and resources for health care providers and other health sector professionals.

Training and Educational Sessions

Patients as Partners and our community partners provide a range of in-person and online training and educational opportunities on numerous topics including:

  • Brief Action Planning, Motivational Interviewing, and Brief Interventions;
  • health literacy, informed decision making, and working with diverse populations;
  • person- and family-centred health care;
  • pain management education;
  • the role of family and friend caregivers;
  • self-management support;
  • patient and community engagement.

For more information on training and education sessions for health care providers and other health sector professionals, please contact the Patients as Partners team at 

Peer Supports

Patients as Partners and our community partners have established a number of peer support opportunities, often to complement training and education sessions, including:

  • Community of Practice calls and quality improvement to turn theoretical goals from training into actions that fit health care providers’ busy schedules and office processes;
  • local chronic pain action teams with a variety of health care providers and local resources such as non-profits and patient leaders;
  • events with First Nations elders and traditional healers, health care providers, health authorities and Aboriginal populations  on incorporating traditional healing in the health system; and
  • knowledge sharing and partnership development with numerous multicultural, community, media and health care providers.


The Patients as Partners Initiative, along with our community partners, provide a broad range of resources and educational materials on topics such as:

For more information on current resources, please visit the Patients as Partners Initiative website at or contact the Patients as Partners team at