Health Action Training, Northern Ireland (ICAF '23 highlight)
A LECTURE AND WORKSHOP ABOUT CARE AND CONNECTION
While we were applauding nurses and healthcare professionals during the first peak of the corona virus and realised more than ever how important healthcare professionals are, we also appreciated under how much pressure our healthcare system is. Due to a lack of financial resources and therefore time, there is an increasing workload, whereby healthcare professionals can no longer do what they are so good at; taking care of their patients with a personal, human approach. At the same time, we see more and more community artists embracing ‘care’ as part of their aesthetic form.
Health Action Training (HAT) are a unique and innovative company who use techniques that draw from actor training and applied drama to teach improved person-centred communication for health professionals. HAT’s mission is to help people to connect with themselves and each other, as individuals and communities, and support a global network committed to an ethics of care and meeting the needs of all people everywhere.
This methodology includes a blend of improvisation games, applied puppetry, actor training, role play, practice of communication frameworks, exploration of evidence-based practice, and more. HAT courses are designed to enhance learners’ understanding of attention, objectives, and intentional action.
On Thursday 30 March 2023, Health Action Training will present an introductory lecture that brings these two worlds together – healthcare and art – to discuss in depth their work, process and methodology, which will include reflections from former participants, and an opportunity for audiences to engage in a depth discussions and Q and A. Accompanying this morning lecture will be a workshop that takes a deeper dive in the Health Action Training process with a taster session from their course.