Arts Practica offers:

1) Workshops

2) Public speaking

3) Coaching

1) Workshops

Designed specifically for the needs of busy healthcare providers, Arts Practica workshops promote key skills associated with patient safety: visual inquiry, collaborative meaning-making, and critical reflection.

Diving into immersive arts experiences, participants collide with their own strengths and limitations in a safe environment, look with new eyes and see as others see, experience group dynamics in real time, reflect upon human nature and pearls of medical wisdom, revisit key principles of patient safety, and even have fun.  All workshops include four essential elements:

  1. Guided experiences with visual art that are pedagogically grounded in learning sciences;
  2. Clinical case discussions;
  3. Critical reflection (individually and in groups);
  4. Dissemination of known best practices in quality and safety.

Workshops vary in scope (from .5 day to multi-visit sequences), and can be designed to engage clinical faculty co-teachers. Because the context of art museum galleries invite humanistic surprises and reinforce new ways of thinking and interacting, the workshop experience is at its best when taking place at an art museum (Arts Practica will work with you to select and access the optimum arts venue, and, for larger workshops, train museum staff to participate). Workshops can also take place in classrooms.

Modules

  • Aesthetic Attention: Enhancing Diagnostic and Communication Skills: A deep-dive into the art and science of discerning perception skills. This workshop engages the framework of “aesthetic attention” to demystify and exercise the skills of seeing in four areas: attunement, representation, flexible thinking, and group communication. Longer-format workshops further emphasize tools for bias awareness and teamwork.
  • Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) for Educators in the Health Professions: VTS is a teaching protocol for facilitating structured yet open-ended discussion of art. Authored by Philip Yenawine and Abigail Housen, it is replicable pedagogical tool shown to produce longitudinal skill development in observation, communication, and critical thinking. This workshop covers VTS basics, reviews key studies related to VTS impact on human development, identifies key qualities of art and art museum environments that promote medical wisdom, engages faculty in teaching as well as giving and receiving feedback within a framework, and invites examination of norms in teacher practice.
  • Customized workshops: We will work with you to design experiences focused on topics such as teamwork, professional sustenance, active listening, educational strategies linking arts experiences to medical teaching, arts impact on human development, or other topics by request

Feedback

Participants consistently rate Arts Practica workshops as clinically relevant and enjoyable, and report satisfaction with:

  1. Exposure to the way others “see”
  2. Communication within a psychologically safe space;
  3. Meaning, joy, curiosity, and reconnection to purpose

 

 

2) Speaking

Miller presenting at Brown University

Miller presenting at Brown University

Miller frequently presents to leaders, practitioners, and students across healthcare and the arts, as well as funders and general audiences. It is a joy to work with you on how to make impact with the right kind of discussion. This footage of a mini-workshop offered at the DOTMed: The Creative Medical Conference, Dublin, Ireland, December 2013, shows an example of Miller’s speaking.

3) Coaching

Together we design a coaching plan to support you in reaching your goals. ArtsPractica partners have used coaching to: improve their practice in VTS, create successful applications for funding, apply VTS principles to bedside interactions, design and operationalize effective programs, select images, pitch the value of arts to stakeholders, inspire research teams, assess learning, master the literature on art-viewing in clinical education, tailor facilitation paraphrasing for specific audiences, and address needs such as job satisfaction, faculty development, interdisciplinary collaboration, and cognitive bias. Coaching is available to individuals, and to small groups at the same site, via distance learning.

For more information, contact Arts Practica.

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