Tools for LTC Educators to Use Applied Theatre in Training

Posted On: May 13, 2019

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) are excited to introduce a series of three videos called #theatregamesin90seconds, a short version of applied theatre training in fun and easy-to-learn videos.

The Ontario CLRI at Baycrest developed the applied theatre approach in 2013 to train LTC staff  on the harder-to-reach skills crucial to resident quality of life and care: non-verbal communication, empathy, and awareness of self. The new, 90-second videos explain one game at a time and give ideas for debriefing with your group. The videos allow LTC educators of any experience level to incorporate theatre games in to their set training approach.

“The theatre games videos were created in response to feedback from interested educators about the need for ‘bite size’ learning opportunities that could be viewed in a simple and quick format from any device at any time,” explains Melissa Tafler, interprofessional arts-based learning specialist with the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest. “We’ve heard that educators have used exercises before or during team huddles and management meetings to get staff to get to know each other and to explore sensitive topics in a safer way.”

Watch the three videos, Penguin, Hypnosis, and The Great Game today!

About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care

The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and hosted at Baycrest Health Sciences, Bruyère, and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

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