Category: Teaching Tool

Artefact Evaluation: Unorthodox Alliances

Artefact Evaluation: Unorthodox Alliances Timing: 45 Minutes Mode: In-Class; Online The early MPA (Mental Patients Association) has a well-deserved reputation for radicalism, but in this exhibit scholars Geertje Boschma, Megan Davies and Marina Morrow explore how MPA worked simultaneously alongside and in opposition to mainstream mental health.  This process interrupted existing power relationships and the …

Artefact Evaluation: 1 Play

Artefact Evaluation: 1 Play Timing: 15 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Select one of the plays prepared by Branwen Willow and Cat Omura and have students read the parts in a large discussion group. Then use the corresponding set of questions, which were carefully developed by these community experts, to generate discussion about the play. Online, …

Artefact Evaluation: 3 Plays

Artefact Evaluation: 3 Plays Timing: 45 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Have students read and act out their play scripts. Online, students can listen to the audio recordings of the plays prepared by Branwen Willow and Cat Omura. Use the questions below, which were carefully developed by these community experts, to generate class discussion about the …

Artefact Evaluation: Group Think Tank

Artefact Evaluation: Group Think Tank Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Ask your students to reflect on Margo’s recovery story and collectively make a list of the different tools that Margo found helpful.  Next, have your students brainstorm other practices that would be helpful in the process of recovery and consider how the community, mental …

Artefact Evaluation: Planning

Artefact Evaluation: Architectural Planning Timing: 60 Minutes, flexible Mode: In-class; Online Use a free software design program or paper and pencils, have students create an annotated architectural design plan for a new state-of-the-art dementia care unit.  Annotations explain the rationale behind design choices and serve as critical reflections to demonstrate lessons learned from the Greenacres …

Artefact Evaluation: Perspective Taking

Artefact Evaluation: Perspective Taking Timing: 30 Minutes  Mode: In-class; Online Making specific references to events described in the artefacts used in this unit, students take the perspective of a 1981 Greenacres worker, resident or a family member and write a 250-word letter to the Chairman of Metro Toronto (the 1981 equal of today’s mayor) saying …

Past, Present, Future

Past, Present, Future Unit Takeaways Appreciate system user perspectives on mental health policy Understand relations of power in the mental health system (patient/doctor/nurse/staff) Artefacts The artefacts for this unit are three short plays, fictionalized accounts of mental health experiences in the past, present, and imagined future. Play 1: “But Now We Know Better”  (past) Transcript …

Designing Dementia Care

Designing Dementia Care Unit Takeaways Recognize that the inherent ageism in our society permeates policy and practice Appreciate the need to create residential care facilities that afford full and dignified lives for older adults with cognitive or physical limitations Understand that in an institutional setting, the conditions of care and the conditions of work are …

Speaking to History

Speaking to History: Mental Health Policy Unit Takeaways Understand the circumstances and ideas that informed deinstitutionalization policies and how they shaped day-to-day practice and the lives of service users Identify the ways in which restrictions and discipline characteristic of the earlier long-stay mental health hospitals have been reproduced in the bureaucratized mental health and social …