Using drama to teach interpersonal skills
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Using drama to teach interpersonal skills

Tommy Dickinson Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester
Darren-Luke Mawdsley Lecturer in performing arts, City of Westminster College, London
Craig Hanlon-Smith Director of academic and continuing education, City of Westminster College, London

Role of theatre in the education of health professionals and the opinions of nursing students involved in a post-show workshop

This article describes and evaluates an educational intervention that used a drama and theatre workshop to foster communication and interpersonal skills in mental health nursing students. Thirty-nine (77%) agreed or strongly agreed that the workshop was an excellent way to teach these skills. Arguably the workshop was a pedagogically effective, innovative and emotionally powerful attempt to develop communication and interpersonal skills in nursing students. Consequently, it may be effective to use drama and theatre to train nursing students for the nuanced, dynamic interactions that take place between nurses and patients in clinical practice.

Mental Health Practice. 19, 8,22-24. doi: 10.7748/mhp.19.8.22.s18

Correspondence

tommy.dickinson@manchester.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 22 April 2015

Accepted: 07 July 2015