State the overall Goal or Outcome : Participants in this workshop will develop an understanding of how inter-professional mental health simulation can be used to improve the care and experience of patients with mental health needs across health care settings, particularly given the contemporary context of fragmentation of healthcare services and sub-optimal collaborative professional practice.
Intended Audience : Educators at an Intermediate level - 2-5 years of experience
Relevance to the Conference : Inter-professional simulation (IPS) has been shown to improve collaborative practice by enhancing skills, knowledge and attitudes required to work effectively with others. This concept is particularly relevant to patients with both mental and physical health needs. By involving mental health professionals and professionals from other disciplines in IPS, educators are able to promote collaborative, patient-centred practice for this demographic. In particular, IPS seeks to explore how team work, communication, and conflict resolution can be improved in groups that work together, while also aiming to clarify roles and responsibilities, improve professionals’ attitudes for one another and promote the desire to embody interprofessional practice across clinical settings. IPS also promotes best education practices. Currently there is an emphasis on Mental Health from a local and national perspective. This workshop will show participants how to develop much needed interactive mental health education for health care professionals.