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Using performance to highlight the realities of life A collaboration between a theatre and health services


Harris, DM and Chugg, J, Using performance to highlight the realities of life - A collaboration between a theatre and health services, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22-24 October 2013, Perth, pp. 12. ISSN 1445-8330 (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/inm.12047


This paper will describe the collaboration between an amateur theatre company and four large mental health services in Australia that undertook the task of developing a course for mental health clinicians in Clinical supervision. It aimed at teaching the skills required to become a competent clinical supervisor and to maximise the use of clinical supervision within the workforce. A number of educational modalities were utilized including small group work, large group discussion, and the strategic use of filmed vignettes to promote the development of knowledge and problem solving skills. It used strategies that engaged the participant in dealing with the issues that are encountered in clinical supervision such as the ethical issues that confront both the supervisee and supervisor. By far the most innovative and effective strategy we employed was the use of the actors from the local theatre company who, along with its President, the vignettes' director, were able to highlight the complex nature of human relationships as they may be found in the clinical supervision relationship. The course would not have been able to provide such a high level of reality and challenge as was achieved without this innovation. This paper will describe the process and stages that were discovered by the educators as they embarked on the journey of writing, coaching the actors and making the vignettes that challenged participants beyond what was expected during the course. Points will be highlighted by showing snippets of the developed vignettes.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:clinical supervision, collaboration, mental health , multidisciplinary, education
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Harris, DM (Dr Derith Harris)
ID Code:90454
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-04-04
Last Modified:2016-11-07

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