Housing people with substance abuse problems – KBT has evaluated the residents experiences in Jarleveien 10

In this user asks user survey, we have asked the residents of Jarleveien 10 how they experience living there.

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RECOVERY – Mary Leamy share her thoughts on the CHIME project

Mary Leamy from King´s College London share her thoughts on the CHIME project – where we are doing research about recovery processes

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Report – Drug-free Mental Health Services in Norway

In 2020, we published our evaluation of the drug-free mental health services in Norway.

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The first students at KBT Vocational School have graduated – a milestone!

A great milestone has been reached for KBT Vocational School. The first class ever at the school has completed their last exam.

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The CHIME project – International collaboration with King’s College London

We proudly announce that we are formally collaborating about the CHIME project with Dr Mary Leamy at King´s College London.

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KBT vocational school halfway through the first semester

Almost one year after KBT got accredited vocational school education, our first class is just about to complete their first exam, and what a journey it has been!

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The first vocational school for peer support in Norway

During fall 2019, the Competence center for lived experience and service development (KBT) got accredited vocational school education.

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Userperspective in examination form at NTNU

The Department of Mental Health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU, Higher Education and Master of Mental Health Work, has since 2016 collaborated with the Competence Center for User Experience and Service Development (KBT) on exams

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GLIMT recovery center and School established in Trondheim

The center has inspiration from the CHIME model (Leamy M. et al) and building a center that shall meet the needs of people with psychiatric health challenges or also drug addiction. The center shall be an arena for culture statement I various forms, shall be key identity a connection builder. To create music and poems…

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Visit from Canada

April 15th and 16th, Gillian Mulvale from Canada visited us at KBT to talk about the project “Canada-Norway Research Collaboration on Operationalizing Experience-Drive Innovation through Integration of Peer Support in Health Systems”.

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We build bridges between lived experience and professional knowledge

KBT works to ensure that service users' and patients' voices are listened to, both in research and development of health- and welfare services. Lived experience is just as important as academic and professional knowledge. Through equality and dialogue we want to create better conditions for people facing life challenges.

KBT is divided into

KBT Competence Center

We evaluate health- and socialservices. We conduct research on the basis of service users' premises.

KBT Vocational School

The path to work and education. We educate peer workers.

GLIMT Recoverysenter

A meeting place at Heimdal. A community. A meaningful everyday life.


A creative space for young people between 15-20 years old.

We offer

Peer Asks Peer

People that have used health services are taught how to conduct focus groups. They interview service users about their views and experiences. A report is created based on findings, and both service users and employees of the service meet at a dialogue conference to discuss and find solutions.


KBT mainly conducts qualitative research. We are the lead or co-lead of several ongoing research projects. Please contact us for possible research collaborations, or if you want advice on how to include co-researchers in your project. 

Lectures and webinars

We offer lectures and webinars about service user involvement, substance abuse issues, mental health work, ethics and other related subjects. We can also present our research and evaluations. 

Lectures can be customized. We are well versed in hosting webinars.

Service user innovation

We create arenas where service users can bring forward ideas and suggestions. We create service user pannels to facilitate discussions about issues regarding services. We often do this in combination with Peer Asks Peer. 


We offer different courses to enable and empower service users, relatives, health care workers, peer workers and service user representatives. 

User involvement in research

Peer Support Specialist – experience as a profession

Process manager - User interviews user

Dialogue meetings in municipalities

We visit municipalities in Central Norway. We facilitate conversations about recovery and service user involvement. A conversation across the table can be a step in the right direction towards better collaboration between the lived experience and professional perspective. 



What is recovery about?

Different understandings of recovery

Recovery in health care services

A critical look at recovery

Organizations, foundations and voluntary services

Recovery based services in Norway


How KBT works with recovery

Service user involvement for adults

What is service user involvement it about?

What are arenas for service user involvement?

Approaches and methods for service user involvement


How KBT works with service user involvement for adults

Service user involvement for children and youth

Service user involvement - a human right

Service user involvement in real life

Approaches and methods for service user involvement

Organizations, foundations and voluntary services


How KBT works to increase service user involvement for children and youth