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Our Unique Caregiving Model

At Shamiri, we believe in the power of the community to provide effective therapy. That's why we've developed a tiered network of caregivers, involving both Shamiri Fellows and Shamiri Supervisors, working hand-in-hand to deliver care.

The Power of Peer Support

Our Shamiri Fellows, aged 18-to-22, are part of a unique "for youth, by youth" care giving model. After only 10 hours of training, these lay-providers deliver group-based sessions and offer near-peer support. This approach is not just innovative - it's also backed by peer-reviewed clinical research.

Our Supervisors: Clinical Experts

The Shamiri Fellows work under the guidance of our clinical experts, the Shamiri Supervisors. Their role is to ensure that the therapy provided meets the highest clinical standards. If there are any severe cases, the Fellows are equipped to provide mental health solutions to these students.

Providing Care at Appropriate Levels

Under our tiered caregiving model, each user's clinical needs are met at an appropriate level. This could be through peer counselling, lay-providers, clinical social workers or expert psychiatrists and psychologists.

Affordable and Effective Care

Our model isn't just effective, it's also cost-efficient. We're proud to deliver care at less than 5% of the cost of standard care.

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Research Informs Our Work

See below on how research guides us every step of the way:

Science can help us shape the future

The goal of our research is to develop interventions that can help youth actualize their life outcomes, identify which interventions work and why, and develop and test novel and accessible approaches to dissemination and scaling in order to maximize our impact.

Open science

Open science allows us to collaborate and share our work with the world. Our data and publications are open access.

Multicultural collaboration

Multicultural and interdisciplinary collaboration amplifies the communities that we serve.

Contextualized research

Research is not done in a silo. It is done with and for communities. Context matters.