Community Advocacy Interactive Module
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  • 1. Community Advocacy Interactive ModuleCommunicating with Community Members andOrganizationsTarget Length: 30 minutesParticipants: Psychiatry Residents and FellowsFacilitators: Community organization leaders, attendingsAssumption:Previous interactive didactic experience focused on community resources, basics onaudience-appropriate communication style, person-centered language. May includebrief discussion with community member living with mental illness (e.g. positiveand negative experiences with psychiatry, how s/he interprets the recovery model,pleasant surprises/unexpected challenges, etc.).Scenario/Directions:You are asked to speak with and give a presentation to a community support groupof a local organization that provides services and support for people living withmental illness. Facilitator can pause to ask residents what they should present. Trickquestion – should present what the audience wants to learn more about. Facilitatorswill have a “Top 10” list of issues that their members are interested in knowingmore about. Some can be basic (“depression 101”), some can be more person-centered (“how do I tell my doctor I don’t want to take my meds any more”), somecan be scientific (“What is metabolic syndrome?”). Residents will be asked to divideinto small groups and create an outline for a community-oriented talk on the topicthey have chosen. They should also be prepared to have a representative give theintroductory “minute or two” of their talk (as time allows). Facilitator can pause forfeedback, discussion throughout the exercise, mini-presentations.Questions to consider:Who is my audience?Why is this important to them?How can I make this relevant to them?Remember to:Make eye contact! Speak more slowly than you think you should!Remember your audience.Think about language! How can we be person-centered?Directions:After initial discussion, topic selection, have audience split up into groups of 2-3members. The groups will be given 5-10 minutes to practice their presentation.Each group will then present to the entire group. Facilitator should moderate,provide feedback. Questions can and should be asked, but not in an antagonisticway. Facilitators should assess for key components listed above, as well as body
  • 2. language, presentation style. They should then give brief feedback after thepresentation.The last ~5 minutes at the end of the session should be used to solicit residents’experience, evaluate challenges and/or surprises.