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Real life scenarios simulated for OTSW students

The School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work has developed a range of exciting audio-visual simulation resources for educational purposes.

Some of the resources are for teaching professional interpersonal skills to students, and consist of video vignettes using staff members to demonstrate skills and paid actors as simulated clients/patients. Other resource are case study scenarios using paid actors to simulate clients in complex family scenarios. The resources also include an innovative set of vignettes following the progression of a relationship involving domestic violence, which presents the perspectives of both a survivor and a perpetrator.

The content of the Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills resources include: Active Listening Series – open and clarifying questions, paraphrasing, reflecting for feeling and meaning and summative reflection; Initial Impressions; Assertiveness Series and Handling Emotions. The videos in these series utilise techniques such as split screen interviewing, examples of some deliberately terrible interviews and role modelling effective verbal and non-verbal skills. The aim is to help students build their confidence to participate.

Carl and Robin in the Active Listening Series.
Carl and Robin in the Active Listening Series.

The complex family scenario presents a case study of a couple in their 50s, who have had to assume care for their young grandchild. The vignettes present the couple together at different time periods, and their perspectives on the situation. Issues include alcohol and drug abuse/misuse, child protection, family and relationship dynamics, unemployment, grief and loss and ageing.

Susan and Ron in the Complex Family Issues Series.
Susan and Ron in the Complex Family Issues Series.

The final series of videos presents the differing perspectives of a couple, Sarah and Anthony, in a relationship involving domestic violence. There are four vignettes, which reflect different periods of time in the relationship. The series begins with the survivor, Sarah, admitted to hospital following an assault, and her first disclosure to a health professional about the abuse. This is paired with Anthony and his responses at the same time in their relationship. The videos can be utilised in a classroom space to prompt simulated interactions between students and the survivor and/or the perpetrator, or analysed to assess potential avenues for intervention by a range of health professionals.

Anthony from the Domestic Violence series.
Anthony from the Domestic Violence series.

The videos are an easily accessible resource for educators to simulate person-centred approaches, which can be used for skills-based learning or theoretical analysis. The videos range from two to fifteen minutes, and are currently being stored on the Simulation Blackboard site, which was created by Alison Kelly, Clinical Professional Fellow, for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

For more information about these resources, contact Robin Shortland-Jones, Lecturer School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work or Alison Kelly.