Tomorrow morning I’l be on a flight from Boston to San Francisco where I’ll be presenting a day and a half workshop called, “Risk Management by Design: Building a Practice of Trust”. The workshop is designed to introduce Medical Improv as a teaching strategy. There will be 60 or so participants who are leaders in non-profit aging organizations such as; long term care and assisted living facilities, Hospice and Home Health. They are nurses, attorneys, administrators, human resource representatives, insurance specialists, and maybe a few physicians and they are working very hard to keep residents safe. Later in April I will present this same workshop in Chicago, and in May, Philadelphia.
MEDICAL IMPROV can help us in so many vital ways! The opportunity to bring this work forward in a big way is so very exciting. Here’s why:
- Participants will experience 15 or more experiential activities designed to build skills associated with emotional intelligence, communication, teamwork and leadership. Many people, when they have a chance to try this kind of improv discover that it is safe, fun, and effective.
- Many of them will be empowered to integrate activities into in-services, orientation processes, administrative and clinical meetings at their organizations. This means that staff, management, and senior leaders will have fun opportunities to practice listening and speaking up etc. in an affordable way and on a regular basis. The rippling effect could be profound.
- Setting Realistic Expectations is a primary focus for my client and this alone suggests a desire to be honest, transparent, and respectful of all stake-holders. Improv, when facilitated to create a safe environment and framed with these learning objectives, is a powerful tool for developing self-awareness, building trust, and practicing the interpersonal skills necessary for these ideals.
- Being a pioneer in this emerging field is sometimes challenging because there are few signposts. This will put me on the map!
- All participants will get a copy of my book, “Medical Improv: A New Way to Teach Communication”. This means that when all is said and done over 200 professionals involved in patient safety will have copies. I believe it is my best work and in addition to reenforcing activities, I make a strong case for why we need experiential learning and there is a great list of other resources.
- I will be able to invest some of my fee in the PILL(Portsmouth Improv Learning Lab) filming project with PPMTV and PILL students which is intended to provide an online resource for lesson plans and video bites of improv activities to help others teach activities.
- Last but not least, I get to have coffee with Dr. Candy Campbell after the workshop. She is a nurse instructor at the University of San Francisco and improv teacher. In fact she did her doctoral thesis on improv and communication skills for nurses. She too is a pioneer and wrote the forward to my book. We are going to have one dynamic cup of coffee!
I am grateful to all the students in PILL who teach me so much.
I know you are rooting for me and the work!
Oh and next PILL classes start 4/28!