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Interprofessional Facilitator Development Workshop

A heterogeneous group of health care providers creates an ideal learning environment – deep in knowledge and rich with opportunity. But it demands that the facilitators not only be interprofessionally fluent, but be expert program planners as well. The skills that prove critical to successful interprofessional facilitation are clear: an enthusiastic commitment to, and belief in, collaboration; the ability to act as role model and mentor in the practice setting; a sound understanding of group dynamics; the capacity to value diversity; and the creativity and quick-thinking to utilize professional differences productively.

Participants - Highly motivated health care providers who aim to facilitate interprofessional teams.

A 2-day highly interactive experiential workshop which addresses the following areas:

  • The importance of learning with, from, and about one another
  • Meeting others on a professional and personal level
  • Exploring perceptions of other professions
  • Examining “What is IPE? Why do we need it? What is collaborative practice?”
  • Self-assessment using interprofessional facilitator competencies
  • Understanding roles and responsibilities in interprofessional teams
  • Discovering characteristics of highly functioning interprofessional teams
  • Examining labels and stereotypes in interprofessional/contributor teams
  • Patient reflections of interprofessional care
  • Elements of effective learning
  • Characteristics of adult learning
  • Interprofessional facilitation – how is it different?
  • Managing difficult situations in interprofessional facilitation
  • Identifying personal conflict styles

* Contributors are defined as persons who contribute to care other than those with direct patient contact (i.e.: family members, housekeepers, porters, dietary support workers, ward aides, ward clerks, etc).
** The actual length of the session may be adjusted depending on results from a personalized needs assessment.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Examine the “who, what, when, and why” of IPE
  • Define collaborative patient-centred practice
  • Explain how IPE affects collaborative patient-centred practice
  • Describe the benefits, barriers, and enablers to collaborative patient-centred practice and IPE
  • Enhance role understanding in relation to other’s expertise, skills, training, and theory by exploring health professional stereotypes
  • Describe the role of the facilitator in an IPE initiative
  • Describe how to establish a climate that is favourable to collaborative learning in the practice setting
  • Encourage health professionals to discuss each other’s responsibilities and roles to foster interprofessional culturally sensitive collaborative processes for the delivery of care
  • Assist the interprofessional team to learn effective methods to communicate, reflect, and resolve conflicts to facilitate collaborative practice
  • Recognize the importance of professional role understanding and the necessity to communicate roles to others to enhance collaborative patient-centred practice
  • Examine how the labelling of health professionals affects communication and collaboration
  • Identify key conflict issues and strategies to manage conflict situations
  • Recognize the existence of professional and personal cultures and how this may affect interprofessional collaboration and communication
  • Identify the components of an effective training program for adult learners
  • Explain the characteristics of an adult learner and the implications for effective classroom training
  • Describe typical group dynamics as they apply to adults during training and the implications for IP facilitators
  • Discuss informal techniques for evaluating the progress of people during a training session

The ABCs of IP

The leaders of the interprofessional initiatives at RN-PDC are registered nurses. In order to provide participants with complete, comprehensive courses, and ensure that interprofessional competencies are properly role-modeled, RN-PDC may contract interprofessional facilitators from other health care professions.

Bring us your motivation, commitment, strategic and creative thinking. We’ll provide the rest.