Professional Development

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Lifeline Activity

One of the personal experience methods described by the innovators of Narrative Inquiry (Clandinin & Connelly, 1994) is constructing a Lifeline. The purpose of drawing a lifeline is to immerse ourselves in past experiences and so be able to discern significant relationships and events that contribute to who we are today as persons and professionals. 

Session 1:

Starting with Ourselves: Stories of Person-Centered Care Experiences

This is Session 1 of a series of Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry activities, which were created to assist you in engaging in creative reflection on Person-Centred Care (PCC) within any professional context.

As you move through this session, activities are marked as: Circle, Pairs, or Individual. These are suggested options for, what we believe to be, a richer experience through reflective dialogue with others. However, these can be adapted to the situation, the purpose of engaging in these activities, as well as on the number of persons doing the activities at one time.

For example, when one person is doing the activities on her/his/their own, instead of a group [Circle] discussion, the individual may want to use her/his/their reflective journal to ‘dialogue on paper’.

Session 2:

Starting with Ourselves: Stories of Person-Centered Care Experiences

This is Session 2 of a series of Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry activities, which were created to assist you in engaging in creative reflection on Person-Centred Care (PCC) within any professional context.

As you move through this session, activities are marked as: Circle, Pairs, or Individual. These are suggested options for, what we believe to be, a richer experience through reflective dialogue with others. However, these can be adapted to the situation, the purpose of engaging in these activities, as well as on the number of persons doing the activities at one time.

For example, when one person is doing the activities on her/his/their own, instead of a group [Circle] discussion, the individual may want to use her/his/their reflective journal to ‘dialogue on paper’.

Session 3:

Person-Centered Care in Social Context: Collage Making to Illuminate Self in Relationship to Environment

This is Session 3 of a series of Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry activities, which were created to assist you in engaging in creative reflection on Person-Centred Care (PCC) within any professional context.

As you move through this session, activities are marked as: Circle, Pairs, or Individual. These are suggested options for, what we believe to be, a richer experience through reflective dialogue with others. However, these can be adapted to the situation, the purpose of engaging in these activities, as well as on the number of persons doing the activities at one time.

For example, when one person is doing the activities on her/his/their own, instead of a group [Circle] discussion, the individual may want to use her/his/their reflective journal to ‘dialogue on paper’.

Session 4:

Embodiment of Person-Centered Care: Movement and Sensory Awareness

This is Session 4 of a series of Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry activities, which were created to assist you in engaging in creative reflection on Person-Centred Care (PCC) within any professional context.

As you move through this session, activities are marked as: Circle, Pairs, or Individual. These are suggested options for, what we believe to be, a richer experience through reflective dialogue with others. However, these can be adapted to the situation, the purpose of engaging in these activities, as well as on the number of persons doing the activities at one time.

For example, when one person is doing the activities on her/his/their own, instead of a group [Circle] discussion, the individual may want to use her/his/their reflective journal to ‘dialogue on paper’.

Session 5:

Deepening Inquiry: Music and Drawing-in-Relationships

This is Session 5 of a series of Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry activities, which were created to assist you in engaging in creative reflection on Person-Centred Care (PCC) within any professional context.

As you move through this session, activities are marked as: Circle, Pairs, or Individual. These are suggested options for, what we believe to be, a richer experience through reflective dialogue with others. However, these can be adapted to the situation, the purpose of engaging in these activities, as well as on the number of persons doing the activities at one time.

For example, when one person is doing the activities on her/his/their own, instead of a group [Circle] discussion, the individual may want to use her/his/their reflective journal to ‘dialogue on paper’.