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Community Assets based Interprofessional Working: Collaboration and Development of Open Educational Practices Across Europe

Conference Workshop Abstracts

The workshops led by the Erasmus plus partners and community stakeholders are based on Collaborative Open Educational Resources (COERs) that have been developed through a research and design process to share innovative practice and further develop Assets based approaches for interprofessional working across international community contexts. These resources will be introduced to conference participants in a world café session in the morning then in the afternoon participants will have the opportunity to participate in one workshop to further explore the resources and how they can be applied in their own working contexts.

Abstract: Identity and Interprofessional Working (Scotland)

The Collaborative Open Educational Resource (COER) Identity and Interprofessional Working was developed, in partnership with Centrestage Communities with the aim of developing interprofessional educational resources for the professional development of community workers and practitioners, to facilitate thinking about identity in relation to personal, family and community identity and how different aspects of identity relate to professional identity and professional practice. This COER is designed to share and promote innovative interprofessional practice and to support assets based approaches to working with communities by drawing on the experience and expertise of assets based organisations in Scotland i.e. Renfrewshire Social Services and Glasgow Wheatley group. Moreover, extracts drawn from case studies are considered about how community youth workers’ identity impacts on their practice in different European contexts through the use of critical questions designed to prompt ‘reflection on action’ and ‘reflection in action’ on identity and how that impacts on practice. The resource also provides space to consider how identity is multifaceted and how different socio-cultural processes shape identity and professional practice. The topics covered in the COER are: Reflective Thinking; Empowerment and Self-regulating Efficacy; Exploring Identity as a Strength through Art; Asset Based Approaches A-B-As; Motivational Interviewing; Critical Reflection and Dialogue; and Reflective Models.

Workshop leads: Prof. Ross Deuchar, Dr. Kate Miller and Dr. Gary McKenna UWS Scotland

Abstract: Leadership and Management (Slovenia)

The COER Leadership and Management is designed to provide a brief familiarisation with the basic leadership and management topics, as well as the relationships among them. The main topics include group dynamics, multi-professional teams and motivation. The COER draws on the know-how that was generated through case studies involving the application of the Assets-based approach in Slovenia. Therefore, the COER is designed more practically and has a narrower focus when compared with more general courses on Leadership and Management. It also provides space for self-reflection on the topics and issues that one encounters when performing tasks falling under the Leadership and Management domain. These self-reflections can be compared to the answers of stakeholders included in the Slovenian case studies in order to provide participants with some guidelines and ideas to be used in their daily work.

Workshop leads: Associate Prof. Danijela Frangez and Bostjan Slak, University of Maribor Slovenia

Abstract: Partnership and Networking (Denmark)

The COER Partnership and Networking was created as part of a larger international collaborative project aiming at developing interprofessional educational resources for training public sector practitioners. The topic Partnership and networking was identified as a common challenge in the cross-national and stakeholder-driven gap-analysis, which prompted the effort to develop a resource that addressed these topics. The resource has been developed in collaboration with the Danish project Building Bridges, which aims at harvesting the asset-based synergies promoted by mixing inside students (incarcerated people) with outside students (law students from University of Southern Denmark). Building Bridges works as the initial case that will encourage the learner to reflect in depth about partnership and networking in their own context. Furthermore, it involves an international perspective based on inputs from a Slovenian context. The theoretical foundation of the resource is based on literature concerning social network analysis and the promotion of human and social capital. The resource involves different practical and reflective activities that will provide you with the ability to reflect upon important aspects of partnership and networking in your organisation as well in general. This will help you identify existing strengths and challenges in your organisation and point to new beneficial partnerships and resources that can promote sustainable partnerships and community development.

Workshop leads: Prof. Linda Minke and Tue Schmidt Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark

Abstract: Theory and Praxis (Finland) 

The COER Theory and Praxis is best described as an umbrella of contexts. The COER’s theoretical groundings are in appreciative Inquiry (AI), assets-based approaches (A-B-A), community work and shared experience. Appreciative inquiry is a method useful for community development. We will walk the learner through the first steps towards understanding AI and how to apply it to assets based approaches and experience.  AI shares its roots with solution-focused approaches. Common to both is a focus of vision, aiming towards the future and towards successful situations and outcomes (Hirvihuhta & Litovaara 2003). Word tool is a practical tool to help recognise the assets young people possess. It is useful for example in the beginning of an appreciative inquiry process as it defines assets and helps to form more concrete goals to community development processes. Categories of assets are mapped to internal as positive values, commitment to learning, social competencies, positive identity and to external as support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations. We also utilised different images with the students and young asylum seekers. Images are a useful tool when practitioners need to activate or empower clients to interact. Images can be used to capture the ineffable – what is difficult to put into words. Artistic images can help to access aspects of knowledge that would otherwise stay hidden. They provide us with a new perspective and help us to view things from a fresh perspective. The interaction with the help of images is more holistic. They help us to incorporate multiple layers and to evoke stories and questions (Weber, 2008).

Workshop leads: Anu Nordlund-Knuutila, Laurea University of Applied Sciences Finland

Abstract: Understanding context (Italy)

The collaborative educational resource Understanding context is part of a larger international collaborative project ASSETS COM, aiming at developing interprofessional educational resources for training public sector practitioners. It was developed to support learners to address a key challenge in the work with adolescents, that is obtaining a comprehensive understanding of how aspects of the different contexts in which adolescents are embedded constrain or support their development, health and well-being, so as to offer them knowledge and skills to implement a process of learning in context based on an assets based approach. This COER, based on a theoretical background in community psychology, has been developed with the support of two Italian stakeholders, “Acchiappasogni” (Dreamcatcher) project and Come out project, identified as good practices in community based health promotion interventions with youth. Moreover, it includes an international perspective based on the input from the Scottish context. Learners will be presented with resources (e.g. “Mapping the Context” tool) that have been developed starting from the concrete experience of health workers in the analysis of their local contexts (and the opportunities and resources they offer) and jointly constructed with them to make them usable and transferable to other types of context, at an international level.

Workshop leads: Prof. Elvira Cicognani and Prof. Cinzia albanesi, University of Bologna Italy; and Dr. Fabio Vanni, Local Health Services of Parma Italy