Topic: Building capacity in health visitor students to respond to adversity experienced in the reality of practice – Penny Lindley, University of Brighton

Resources: You can download Penny’s slides.

Session summary: The relevance of resilience to working with children and young people is well established. In recent years the notion of ‘practitioner resilience’ has also been established in the literature, widening the application of resilience theory to those working in various fields of professional practice. The importance of professional education in facilitating growth of practitioner resilience has been identified. However, there is a lack of research examining the whole experience of student learning and the means by which this may enhance practitioner resilience.

This session will present aspects of a study designed to contribute to this deficit in the literature through examining the experiences of students undergoing a course of study in preparation for the health visitor role. The complexity of understanding the processes at work will be presented through development of a conceptual web of learning that emerged from the early stages of the study and is being used to aid analysis and discussion of findings.

Biography: Penny Lindley is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at University of Brighton. This study forms the final part of her study for a Doctorate in Education. Penny worked as a health visitor for 22 years and as a lecturer practitioner for 4 years before coming in to education full-time in 2001. She has a commitment to education that supports effective practice that promotes the health and wellbeing of families across the spectrum of society. In order to be able to be effective in meeting this goal, new practitioners need to be equipped to deal with the challenges that they will face in their professional role.

Most interested: Practitioners, and those involved in professional education: students, teachers and researchers.

This session took place on Wednesday 5 March 2014.

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