The power of stories: Using narrative for interdisciplinary learning in health and social care

Rachel Balen, Rhodes Christine, Ward Lisa

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This paper discusses the aims, process and outcomes of an interdisciplinary workshop day held for undergraduate students from Social Work, Mental Health Nursing, Adult Nursing, Midwifery and Occupational Therapy courses. The day's activities focused on mental health and were based on the use of service user narrative within three different workshops. The feedback from the students showed that the day was relevant to the curriculum that they were engaged in; allowed them to interact with and explore the perspectives of different professional groups; assisted them in understanding the lived experience of mental health difficulties; offered them the opportunity to consider implications for practice; was enjoyable and added 'value'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-426
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


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