So much of what we study for careers in healthcare is clinical, scientific, and can be learned from a book, whereas developing relational competencies such as empathy, self-awareness, and management of our feelings is more about behavioral learning and inherently involves others. For instance , we can learn the intellectual aspects of listening such as paraphrasing, validating, suspending judgment, and using receptive body language by reading about them, but developing the skill requires practice in the context of relationship(s). This is vastly more complicated with endless variables such as; physical abilities, time pressures, emotional insecurities, gender, age, or cultural differences, interruptions, and even the weather!
In our clinical environments with relentless stress and critical responsibilities, it is profoundly hard to develop and profoundly important to practice healthy relationship skills. If we study the statistics of root causes of sentinel events provided by the Joint Commission, we can see how important leadership, communication, and human factors are. (They are the top 3 categories of root causes of sentinel events in 2010, 2011, 2012!) We have compelling evidence to build the skills and Improv for Healthcare Professionals fills a gap for teaching, coaching, and facilitating learning that has been illusive.
Improv activities offer infinite opportunities for developing emotional intelligence and communication/collaboration skills because they involve interactive play! With healthcare expertise, small group process facilitation, and coaching, a simple activity like mirroring becomes rich with complex learning opportunities such as; how does it feel to lead, to follow, to cooperate?, which areas am I strongest in?, and how are these abilities connected to providing optimal healthcare?
Emotional intelligence is powerful stuff and can make a huge difference, in our ability to provide safe, vquality, cost-effective care and enjoy rewarding careers, but it is not easy to measure and as human beings we are all at different places with different learning needs. Some of us need to learn to speak up and some to listen. Some will benefit by taking more social risk and some to hold back, pause, and allow for others to participate. Many of us will appreciate awarenesses associated with being more flexible and trusting others and sometimes it is simply a relief to have fun together! 🙂
With the right framing and expert facilitation, interactive workshops like Improv for Healthcare Professionals promise a safe environment with fun activities that allows for individual growth in vital areas. They can also be highly effective as motivational, teambuilding, engagement for change initiatives, and pre-conference ice-breakers! To learn more about how these workshops please email or call: firstname.lastname@example.org -603-319-8293.