Courses and support for trainers group
This group offers support and training for trainers and teachers of communication skills in health care across all professional groups. This support uses a skills-based and evidence-based approach to teaching communication skills. The aim is to help as wide a range of teachers (beginners or more experienced teachers) of all the different types of healthcare teaching – for example medicine, nursing, midwifery, dentistry, physiotherapy and for undergraduate, postgraduate and practising clinician learners.
- to create and deliver high quality training courses for trainers (teachers) about teaching healthcare communication skills
- to support the learning and development of healthcare communication skills trainers by providing information, resources, guidance and support
- to provide mentorship (guidance and support) for trainers
There are different types of train the trainers courses for teachers in communication in healthcare.
Each course can be taken separately. Together they provide a comprehensive programme of training. The courses involve a mix of learning methods with a particular focus on the active involvement of participants. Participants are welcome to attend all four courses. Participants are encouraged to attend in the order ‘what, ‘experiential, ‘curriculum, ‘assessment’ in order to get the most out of each course. All the courses are held in English and care is taken to help participants for whom English is not their first language.
The particular courses are:
- What to Teach in Communication Skills Teaching: Skills and Structure – The course is directed towards teachers of health professional learners who wish to explore the underlying skills and structure of health care consultations. It is suitable for teachers of a variety of experience and is particularly suitable for those early on in their teaching careers or for those not teaching a skills based approach.
- How to Teach: Experiential Communication Skills Teaching – This is a two-day course focusing on experiential communication skills teaching. The course is directed towards teachers of health professionals. This course is highly interactive and experiential. The focus is on how to teach, especially facilitation of small groups, rather than what to teach or how to develop a curriculum.
- Curriculum Development in Communication Skills Teaching – The course is directed towards teachers of health professionals (for example medical students, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors) who wish to develop a new curriculum or extend an existing curriculum. Please note, this course is not about facilitation skills or learning experiential communication skills teaching. The course will be highly interactive and participant centred and will enable individual participants to formulate concrete plans for the future in their own establishment.
- Assessment in Communication Teaching – The course is directed towards teachers of health professionals (for example medical students, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors) who wish to explore the underlying principles and practicalities of assessment in communication. It is suitable for teachers of a variety of experience of assessment. However, please note this course is not about detailed psychometrics.
Support for trainers
Local courses/ mentorship
tEACH is particularly interested in providing courses locally in people’s own countries, disciplines and institutions. It can also provide guidance, mentorship, coaching, answers to questions. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Some descriptions of methods that can be used for teaching clinical communication skills can be found in the resources: these focus mainly on How to teach.
Contact for questions about these documents or feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the Group
- Paul Kinnersley, UK (subgroup leader) email@example.com
- Bev Bolton, South Africa firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ana Carvajal de la Torre, Coruna, Spain email@example.com
- Meg Chiswell, Australia Megan.Chiswell@cancervic.org.au
- Jane Ege Møller, Denmark firstname.lastname@example.org
- Annegrethe Nielsen, Denmark email@example.com
- Marcy Rosenbaum, USA firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jonathan Silverman, UK email@example.com
- Johanna Sommer, Switzerland Johanna.Sommer@unige.ch
- Anna Sonkin, Russia firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jorun Torper, Norway email@example.com
- Agnieszka Wójcik, Poland firstname.lastname@example.org