Day 10: Working in Health Settings

Day 10: Working in Health Settings
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“Working in Health Settings: Participants will be guided though some of the special considerations in planning and delivering a project with young people in health settings”.

Tina Pinder (a colleague of Phil Mullens’s) talked about working with people with learning difficulties and mental health issues. It was a really useful day learning from someone with such extensive experience. I liked how she illustrated ways of engaging teenagers with music activities- which for me is the most difficult, as young people can be too cool for school to do certain activities like warm ups.

I was inspired use more funk in my workshops when she took a song by The Meters (a US funk band) and a Sean Paul song and turned them into music workshop activities; successfully achieving learning goals- without them loosing their funky edge. Her openness to new ideas was inspiring!!

Quote of the day was: “Delusion is the enemy, not the childlike who possess it”. This is useful advice for life as well as dealing with participants with mental health issues. Meaning that regardless of the hurtful, mean things that can be said or done to you, if you can distance those words or actions from the person who is saying them (for whatever reason, be it they are just having a crappy day), then those words will no longer sting, but, rather you will empathise more with that person, or be interested in what put them in such a terrible mood.

There was 10-15 minutes of time per group for us to run through our workshop session ideas for Tuesday 10 July at Blue Coat School in Coventry. It was good to run our workshop ideas past the group- and learn from mistakes (as well as seeing the things that went well). We got some honest, critical feedback from Phil Mullen. I think our idea will work well- chocolate and music. There were some workshops that were excellent and a few that weren’t- probably due to time constraints.

The stress is definitely starting to show on the group; mainly to do with the fact that we have to deliver workshops, and hand in our proposals by next week. This is all on top of our regular jobs. I think that in some ways the group spirit and jovial dynamic has been dampened by stress. The fusing together of the informal and formal education sectors through community musicians and music teachers has been quite interesting; I think PM succeeded well in breaking down barriers and stereotypes either group might have had about the other, but, since the projects have started, a more competitive edge has emerged and some of the sessions for me have been quite tense.

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