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Victorian Mental Health Interprofessional Leadership Program

14 February 2016 By Trevor Carlisle, Inner West Area Mental Health Service

After looking up the definition of the Chatham House Rule, as requested by Leadership Victoria, I feel I am slightly more equipped to put together my first blog.

At this morning’s introduction to the first day of the Victorian Mental Health Interprofessional Leadership Program (VMHLIP), Leadership Victoria CEO Richard Dent said that we will be pushed into what I heard as our “productive zone” or “dis-equilibrium”. In short, the part of ourselves between boredom or complacency and being overwhelmed. The action of writing a blog for the first time is I guess another one of those moments of being uncomfortable.

I am writing the blog as part of the tables' responsibility to be the paparazzi and bloggers. It seems we may not have done so well on the paparazzi part as the batteries in the camera provided were flat. I managed to take one photo, but I think a colleague from my team at the table was more enthusiastic. Probably because she is identified as a “finisher”, one of the team roles to which we were all categorised into following completion of the Belbin survey prior to attending today’s session.

One take-home learning was made apparent during an exercise consisting of red and green skittles. The room was split into two large teams and we were given rules to make a decision as a team to either display, simultaneously, a red skittle with a chance to win more skittles if the other team chose the green, win fewer skittles if both teams chose the green, or lose skittles if both choose red or your team chooses green. The situation is difficult to explain briefly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I am feeling enthusiastic about the small change we may be able to achieve that will hopefully be a stone laid in the foundations of the larger cultural shift in provision of mental health care in Victoria."


What I was reminded of in the exercise is that we are all inherently competitive, but that we would also be happy with the outcome if we all cooperated and won the same amount of skittles. I, on the other hand, was determined to compete and have a little fun and was urging to break the trust of the other team and defect against the agreement to collaborate. I was reminded that this can be a problematic characteristic of mine.

The other pleasing outcome of today was that our team finally got a chance at the end of the day to discuss further our practice issue project and fleshed out some of the ideas.

I am feeling enthusiastic about the small change we may be able to achieve that will hopefully be a stone laid in the foundations of the larger cultural shift in provision of mental health care in Victoria.

Trevor Carlisle
Social Worker
Inner West Area Mental Health Service (IWAMHS)

Cohort 3, Day 1, 9 February 2016

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