Systems planning – like grocery shopping

When I entered the substance-use field as an outpatient counsellor many years ago, I thought my biggest challenge was to concentrate on what the client was trying to communicate to me as being their main issue. It turns out I was only partially correct in this assumption. In actuality, the biggest challenge was to make some sense of how funding and resource decisions were being made to support the development or growth of different services for the people we serve at the larger systems level…

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Author: Sherry Mumford, Director, Substance Use services, Mental Health and Substance Use program, Fraser Health

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