As a training option, role-playing is commonly used within the health industry to explore challenging or tricky conversations.

At workshops, we’ve found role-play training works best as two hour sessions and limited to 20 – 25, which seems to be the ideal number to promote open discussion and inclusivity. However, this course can be delivered via a larger lecture format, if required.

In order to achieve good learning outcomes, it is essential the sessions are moderated by an experienced facilitator who is sensitive to the various healthcare settings.

Commonly requested role-plays

Volunteer - Volunteer

Both participants are volunteers drawn from the audience. They will be directed to role-play a scene by the facilitator.

Volunteer - Actor

One participant is a volunteer. The other is a professional actor. They will role-play a scene as directed by the facilitator.

Actor - Actor

Both participants are professional actors who have been briefed beforehand and will enact the scene.

You can choose:

  1. Any one of the above options.
  2. Mix it up – by using two or three options.
  3. Use a graded approach – which gradually increases the interactions while advancing through the three options.

However, if there are budget constraints, another possibility is to make a separate training video with professional actors delivering polished performances. Here, the end result will be a lasting record, which can be replayed to many training groups over many years.

A final possibility is to consider doing both – i.e. holding the role-play workshops, plus also filming them with multiple cameras (unobtrusively), which can be edited to create a highlights reel for future reference.

If you’re interested in any of the above, please contact us.