Arts Practica offers:

1) Workshops

2) Public speaking

3) Coaching

1) Workshops

Arts Practica offers two signature workshops: 1) Aesthetic Attention (for healthcare practitioners) and 2) Visual Thinking Strategies for Educators in the Health Professions, described below. These workshops are offered publicly (schedule here) and privately to institutions. All workshops blend immersive experiences with works of art and group discussion with didactics that include relevant research from the fields of arts learning and cognition. Workshops are offered in half-day to three days, as well as multi-visit and online series. No experience with art required. Workshops can take place on-site or at a local art museum.

1. Aesthetic Attention

Clinical perception can make or break us. Discerning perception skills are foundational to diagnostic accuracy, patient satisfaction, effectiveness in teams, and professional wellness. At the same time, mispercption can be difficult to guage, and is a factor in failures in healthcare, such as misdiagnosis. The goal of this workshop is to improve clinical perception skills through the use of arts-based education using great works of art. We will address the practice of visual perception through the framework of “aesthetic attention,” which identifies the skills of seeing in four areas: attunement, representation, flexible thinking, and group communication. Participants will receive a conceptual overview, based in research, and then practice the skills in immersive arts experiences in small groups. The workshop concludes with a case-based demonstration and discussion.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Describe perception and its clinical challenges and opportunities;
  • Identify four skill-areas at play in clinical perception;
  • Deploy these skills in art gallery experiences and reflect among colleagues;
  • Analyze their own practice of seeing using a framework;
  • Apply aesthetic attention techniques to a clinical case demonstration.

2. Visual Thinking Strategies for Educators in the Health Professions

Visual Thinking Strategies (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, critical thinking, and tolerance of ambiguity. It is also used to help groups collaborate and to improve job satisfaction. Trained and mentored by the VTS co-authors, Miller is a “ten thousand hour” VTS practitioner and trainer, whose obsession with the literature on clinical learning and patient safety has led her in adapting the VTS training model to the needs of clinical teachers. The workshop features provocative encounters with works of art, lively discussion, collegial reflection, practical tools, and relevant background material.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn the basics of the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching protocol;
  • Review key studies related to VTS impact on student learning;
  • Identify basic components of successful team communication and how they relate to VTS;
  • Practice VTS teaching tools among colleagues;
  • Receive individual and group feedback from trained VTS facilitators;
  • Give and receive feedback, and engage in pedagogical reflection, within a professional learning community;
  • Access advisory from Arts Practica on arts integration and museum partnerships.

 

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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