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Patient and family resources
Patient and family resources

Family as Faculty

Patients and family members offer a rich and diverse set of hospital experiences from which staff can learn to improve the way in which they deliver care. As a result, they are often asked to speak about these experiences to various groups within the hospital through staff orientation, workshops, and presentations.  

Family as Faculty is a new program developed for family advisors, by family advisors with support from staff. The program intends to formalize the family speaker request process within the organization and to offer a development opportunity to family advisors (members of the Family Advisory Network) by providing training and support to develop the skills to tell their stories in a way that enhances the learning of trainees and staff. It includes workshops, opportunities to practice telling stories in the form of a narrative or presentation, as well as mentorship from faculty leads. Upon completion of the program, family advisors are added to a roster of speakers who might be requested to speak at staff orientation, workshops, or presentations. Please note that your photo and bio will be made available on our internal website to promote you as faculty.   

Family as Faculty Program Certificate

In order to receive the Family as Faculty program certificate and to be added to the roster of speakers, family advisors must complete:

  1. Introductory Workshop (1.5 hours)
  2. Focused Workshop (2.5 hours)
  3. A practice exercise of their story
  4. Minimum 2 hours of peer mentorship

Would you like to know more?

If you're interested in learning more about the Family as Faculty program, please contact family.advisory@sickkids.ca or call 416-813-7654 X228375.  

The Family as Faculty program is just one of the many opportunities that family advisors can participate in as members of the Family Advisory Network. To learn more about the network, visit our webpage.