If you’ve read the previous posts you might remember Ola, a Supported-Living Manager at Exeter House. Ola manages a team of care and support-related workers who support a number of people with schizophrenia and other mental health conditions. Ola is very keen to ensure his team have good knowledge of mental health as he believes it will help them engage better and consequently support the people they work with more effectively. He has started running bite-sized training sessions with his team and the topic he’s been focusing on is schizophrenia. His first session involved a quiz which was used to give his team a greater awareness of schizophrenia. You can read about that session here.
Then he did a session where he used a word-search activity to get his team to discuss various words related to schizophrenia. You can read about the word-search session here. Ola is ready for another session today. Each of the sessions last for a maximum of 60 minutes and his team enjoyed the previous two. Today’s session will focus on the different classifications or types of schizophrenia. Ola has prepared a sheet which has descriptions for five different types of schizophrenia in one column and the other column is blank. He gives them the names of five types of schizophrenia and tells them to read the descriptions and match each description to a type of schizophrenia. They are to write the type of schizophrenia for each description in the blank column.
Ola tells each person to do the task individually and he gives them 5 minutes. After 5 minutes he stops them and reads out each description, asking for what type of schizophrenia they think it is. After listening to their answers he tells them what the correct answer is. By doing this Ola takes them through the five types of schizophrenia. He also asks them whether they can recognise any of the symptoms in the descriptions in any of the people they work with. This results in a rich discussion where people begin to talk about similar symptoms to some of the information in the descriptions. Ola tells them that with this knowledge they have a better understanding of why some of the people they support may act the way they do and they should see it as part of their illness which we are here to support them with.
If you want to run an activity similar to the one Ola did with his team, then you can get complete resources to do so here. The resources come with an activity sheet with the five descriptions of schizophrenia and and facilitation notes to run the session.