What’s New in the MOMU-project? In Finland Art and Social Services Students Are Working Multiprofessionally
Fresh Ideas for Working with the Youth Groups
Students from the degree programs in Social Services, Design, Fine Arts and Drama Instruction at Turku University of Applied Sciences got to experience multiprofessional work in practice when they organized multiple workshops for young people. Students came up with fresh ideas on how to use art-based methods in different youth groups. Students had an opportunity to work with young people from the vocational institute and youth centres.
New Ways of Learning and Exploring
In one group, students used drama to discuss the assignments as a part of practical nurses’ education. Young people were acting as different family members and reflected on what services families could use if needed. In another group, students used art-based methods to explore the self and what it means to be a part of the group and society. Students instructed different exercises. For example, they set up new laws.
In some groups, the aim of the students was to introduce the art-based methods for young people and show how they could use these in their work as practical nurses. First young people got to know and experience the methods themselves. At the same time they learned how it’s possible to use these exercises with their future clients.
Take a Glimpse into the Workshops in Action
In the beginning, students instructed warm up exercises, for example, picking up cards and telling about oneself based on them. Another popular exercise is called anti-me and it is based on the idea that one draws the opposite person of oneself, using one’s “wrong” hand. Then one describes oneself using only opposite characteristics. This exercise helps to explore the self and to get to know other participants better if works are shared in the group.
In one group, the anti-me exercise was developed even further. After drawing, young people could select the suitable clothes for anti-me, dress up and act. Anti-me could also send a message to regular me.
Young people also participated in the exercise called “stream of consciousness”. In it, you write out your thoughts freely for some minutes. After this, students and young people discussed how it felt and could be used in everyday life.
In addition, during the workshops students used CAST-model with practical nurse students and discussed together the common themes in social and art fields.
Students had an opportunity to present their workshops during MOMU project’s presentation day on 10 May. This event brought together working life partners, teachers, students and youths participating in the project.
Text: Inga Manzos