MOMU-project partners are outlining multiprofessional work

MOMU-project’s partners in Turku University of Applied Sciences organized diverse programme 8-12.5. for Ian Mac (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Anett Männiste (Tartu University Viljandi Cultural Academy).

During the intensive week guests took part in the MOMU-project’s presentation day and also saw students’ workshops in action. Mac and Männiste got to know the Social Services, Design, Art and Drama Instruction degree programmes in theory and practise as they visited different classes.

Students of social services and drama instruction had an opportunity to hear Mac telling about his work. We asked Mac to tell us about his conception of multiprofessional work and to share some of his learning experiences as a result of this week.

Understanding each other is essential

Mac tells that he doesn’t advocate the use multiprofessional work as a budget cutting mechanism and understand peoples’ scepticism about it.

– Working multiprofessionally is to work more effectively. Social workers don’t need to be artists and artists don’t need to be social workers but if you have an understanding of each other’s disciplines and terminologies, you can work more effectively, says Mac.

Multiprofessional work improves the effectiveness of each of the discipline’s practise. Social work programmes would benefit from the use of artists’ work. Artists would benefit from a fundamental understanding of social work. Practise would become more personalized and effective, Mac sums up.

Dialogue and sense of co-operation

– I liked the communication between the departments, there’s a huge dialogue and sharing of ideas, Mac tells about his learning experiences.

Mac found it hard to pick out who are the artists, the social workers and the therapists when they worked together because there was a real sense of co-operation.

-People understand each other’s backgrounds. It has been really nice, Mac continues.

Impression of the workshops in action

Mac noted that because of the language barrier he couldn’t understand the detail, but it forced him to concentrate on the body language and energy in the room.

-It was clear that students were in control of the situation and responsive to that situation. I would like to think that comes from multi-professional work and being a part of MOMU project, Mac concluded.

Text: Inga Manzos