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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.
OBJECTIVE: 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. METHOD: We analyzed qualitative data from 24 interviews with veterans who participated in mental health recovery groups led by peer or clinician facilitators. RESULTS: 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.